IRRC No. 889

Violence against health care: insights from Afghanistan, Somalia, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo

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This article explores the methodology and main findings of field studies conducted for the ICRC's Health Care in Danger project in Afghanistan, Somalia, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo between 2010 and 2013. It discusses some of the actions that the ICRC takes in its health programmes to facilitate access to health care, and its approach to promoting better respect for the laws protecting it. It then suggests what more needs to be done to curb the violence. Keywords: ICRC Health Care in Danger project, Afghanistan, Somalia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, DRC, access to health care, violence against health care, protected status of health care and patients, documenting violence.

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