A global initiative
Health Care in Danger (HCID) is an initiative of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement aimed at addressing the issue of violence against patients, health workers, facilities and vehicles, and ensuring safe access to and delivery of health care in armed conflict and other emergencies.
We work in three distinct but interconnected areas:
A public awareness campaign
Highlighting the humanitarian impact of violence against the medical mission, the Life & Death campaign seeks to broaden public understanding of and support for international and national initiatives for the protection of health care.
Consolidating and improving field practices and national responses to violence
HCID supports the implementation of concrete, practical measures and operational responses at national and local levels to prevent violence and safeguard health care in armed conflict and other emergencies. Our goal is to ensure that governments strengthen domestic law on this issue and that these measures become standard practice for all concerned.
The mobilization of a broad Community of Concern
The Community of Concern is a catalyst for change, supporting, at the local level, the implementation of recommendations and measures to protect health care. It is made up of health professionals, governments, weapon bearers, civil society representatives, NGOs, international organizations and more. Together with this community and through research, debate, consultations and workshops worldwide, the HCID initiative has identified a number of recommendations and practical steps to safeguard health-care services.
HCID is supported by the following organisations:
The International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA) envisions a world in which medical students unite for global health and are equipped with the knowledge, skills and values to take on health leadership roles locally and globally. Founded in 1951, it is one of the world’s oldest and largest student-run organizations. It represents, connects and engages every day with a network of 1.3 million medical students from 135 national member organizations in 125 countries. The IFMSA has a long track record in human rights, peace and humanitarian action. Its Standing Committee on Human Rights and Peace (previously the Standing Committee on Refugees) has been working since 1983 to empower and mobilize medical students to promote and protect human rights and peace, and introduce them to humanitarian action through capacity building, field projects, advocacy and policy making in addition to cooperation with other organizations. The IFMSA endorses the HCiD initiative through not only online campaigns but also by transforming the Attacks on Healthcare Massive Open Online Course into a 3 day peer to peer workshop in collaboration with the ICRC which was carried out for the first time in Quebec City, Montreal July 29-Aug 1st 2018. In addition, IFMSA’s support for the HCiD initiative serves to raise awareness about the pressing need for the international community to act in favor of protecting patients and healthcare workers in addition to access to healthcare in conflict zones.