Welcome and Opening Remarks
Dr Petra Khoury
Director, Health and Care Department, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
Kaja Sannerud Andersen
Senior Advisor Protection & Policy, Norwegian Red Cross
Abdulkadir Ibrahim Haji “Afi”
Director of Organizational Development & Communication, Somalia Red Crescent Society
Dr Juvenal Francisco Moreno Carrillo
General Director, Colombian Red Cross
Dr Manir H. Jega
Coordinator, Health & Care, Nigerian Red Cross Society
Head of Division, Cooperation & Coordination within the Movement International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
The protection of health care has long been a cornerstone of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. Indeed, the Movement is rooted in providing neutral and impartial care to the wounded and sick in times of armed conflict.
The genesis of the Health Care in Danger Project and Initiative was brought about through the adoption of Movement Resolution 5 of the 31st International Conference in 2011 and Resolution 4 of the 32nd International Conference in 2015.
These Resolutions represent the Movement seeing a need to redouble its focus on safeguarding healthcare and the actions since a fulfillment of commitment to addressing these diverse needs.
From 2011, the ICRC followed up on its Resolution 5 commitment to spearhead a series of global expert consultations in partnership with the Movement to compile guidance and recommendations that if implemented would address the need to protect health care.
Since 2015, the strategic orientation has been driven by an overriding emphasis on the operationalization of practical measures to concretize recommendations and guidance into actions.