Health Care in Danger

Health care responsibilities in times of conflict

In October 2014, the ICRC launched a new e-learning course on health care responsibilities in times of conflict and other emergencies. This module is specifically designed to help health-care personnel understand the effects of violence on health care, their own rights and responsibilities and ethical dilemmas they may face in situations of violence. “This e-learning module is an essential tool bringing clarity to all and will empower physicians worldwide,” said Dr. Xavier Deau, President of the World Medical Association. “It will enable them to understand their rights and responsibilities and ethical obligations in situations of emergency. The WMA warmly welcomes this ICRC initiative.” Read the press release.

In October 2015, the WMA General Assembly adopted the Toolkit for Doctors Working in Situation of Violence as a contribution to the Health Care in Danger Initiative of the International Committee of the Red Cross.