The safety of medical personnel working in armed conflicts has deteriorated significantly over the past decade. Attacks on health care workers and hospitals are a growing concern and have a devastating and lasting impact on the availability of health care for the sick and wounded. It disrupts health care, when its needed most!
Swisscross intends to deploy a “security response team” on request to regions where health care services are no longer in a position to operate safely. Its focus is on strengthening remaining capacities within local communities and to raise awareness among all stakeholders, about their responsibly to protect their healthcare infrastructure and personnel.
Safety is about perception and acceptance. Mediation and consultation with belligerents and local authorities to facilitate access to medical care and respecting the protected status of any medical facility, is as much part of the responsibility of the Swisscross expert team as training and supervision of local staff. Physical security of hospitals can be improved by simple non-lethal means like: reinforcing essential infrastructure with fences, sandbags, security checks, lightning, dogs, guards etc. In case of an imminent evacuation, Swisscross will assist and support.