Swisscross Foundation supports research initiatives that provide a realistic overview on the topic of health care in armed conflict. In order to achieve this, the Swisscross Foundation works closely with local and international academic institutions and non-governmental bodies
To facilitate medical assistance programs based on reliable scientific data, which are in general difficult to obtain out of a conflict zone. Swisscross Foundation intends to bridge the gap between the academic world and humanitarian and medical stakeholders by providing a knowledge database, which collects and produces worldwide incident reports about “Health Care in Danger”. This database will be further expanded with additional relevant data like: food supply, situation report, status of regional medical facilities, update on the progress of other humanitarian programs etc. This constantly updated data collection should help to keep any humanitarian organization and decision maker in his region informed about possible security threats and health care issues. Swisscross Foundation organises regularly, international workshops on relevant issues concerning humanitarian security.
In May 2013 an international workshop organized by the Swisscross Foundation, was held at the Ditchley Foundation in Oxfordshire, UK and chaired by Sir John Holmes (former head of OCHA). Several high-level representatives of international humanitarian- and security organizations gathered, including ICRC, UN, MSF, Aegis, Armed Forces, G4S, who were discussing the issues connected to “protection of health care in armed conflicts”. This highly distinguished group of experts came to the conclusion that the Swisscross Foundation should test and evaluate the concept of an “Unarmed Security Response Team” (SRT) sent into the field on a short notice to provide expertise and support to the local community.