2nd Africa Regional Health Care in Danger (HCiD) Meeting
While universally relevant, the Health Care in Danger (HCiD) Initiative is focused on reducing violence and mitigating the effects of violence against health care in zones of armed conflict and other emergencies. Now in its 10th year of existence as a project and initiative, the impetus for protecting health care is rooted in the very origins of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.
Convening this meeting is part of a common agenda to facilitate regional and global collaboration and exchanges of experiences around the protection of health care. This meeting will seek to showcase measures being carried out and privilege actors and individuals from the Africa region both within and outside the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.
Genuine partnership with a strong role for local organizations and a context specific approach is central to sustainable behavior change. The protection of health care cuts across a range of disciplines and attracts a diverse group of stakeholders, often leading to innovative partnerships and operating models. This meeting will bring together diverse actors together to inform, mobilize and inspire and build upon ongoing work.
The Africa Regional meeting will be offered in French and English and open to the public through registration.
THE PRACTICAL IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ICRC HEALTH CARE IN DANGER STRATEGY: THE Regional HCID MEETINGS
THE INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE OF THE RED CROSS (ICRC) HEALTH CARE IN DANGER STRATEGY
The current strategy emphasizes the practical implementation and operationalization of concrete measures at the local and national level. In alignment with the strategic orientations, the Health care in Danger Initiative has transitioned from holding annual meetings of global stakeholders to bi-annual regional ones. The regional focus (of which for the ICRC there are five) provides a forum that allows stakeholders to share experiences on approaches and develop and reinforce local and national partnerships to prevent and address violence against health care.
The partnership with the Global Community of Concern, a global network of health care providers promoting the protection of health care nationally and globally is a central pillar of advancing this common agenda. The partnership with the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is also critical to the continued and long-term success of this work.
The current ICRC strategy for Health Care in Danger 2020-22 is available here.
REGIONAL Health care in danger MEETINGS
Regional Health Care in Danger meetings were held in 2019 in the Asia-Pacific Region in Manila, and the Near and Middle East Region in Beirut. Participants appreciated the opportunity to share experiences, dynamics and cultural issues with stakeholders from neighboring countries.
Due to COVID-19 related restrictions the face-to-face Africa Regional meeting planned was transformed into a successful online meeting in June 2020 and the same was the case with the Eurasia Regional meeting in February 2021 and the Asia-Pacific in June 2021.