Health Care in Danger: Respecting and Protecting Health Care

A) Objectives of the pledge:

The EU and its Member States are alarmed by the frequent lack of respect for the medical mission in times of armed conflict and other emergencies. They underline the unacceptable character of attacks against medical personnel or patients, as well as any impediment to access to health care.
In order to improve the respect for and protection of the medical mission in times of armed conflict or other emergencies, the EU and its Member States pledge:
– To support training on the rules protecting the provision of health care and the applicable sanctions to armed and security forces, as well as on rights and responsibilities of all health care personnel, including on ethical principles;
– To support awareness-raising and trust building activities to ensure respect for the medical mission and the emblems of the red cross and the red crescent or other identification for health care;
– To support relevant States and non-state actors implementing or reinforcing context-specific measures to enhance physical safety of health care personnel and infrastructure.

B) Action plan:

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C) Indicators for measuring progress:

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D) Resource implications:

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