251685 Strategies to protect health workers in times of conflict

Monday, October 31, 2011: 8:50 AM

Leonard Rubenstein, JD , Center for Public Health and Human Rights, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD
Assaults on patients, health workers, facilities and transports during armed conflicts and civil instability inhibit access to health services and have significant impacts on health worker migration. This paper reviews what is known about the type and extent of these attacks and provides a framework for understanding the motivations animating the attacks toward the development of strategies to deter or prevent the attack through reinforcement of norms, responsiveness to the security concerns that many animate assaults, and accountability for governments and non-state actors that engage in attacks. It then reviews initiatives at the international level that seek to take proactive steps toward data collection, prevention, and accountability, including at through the World Health Organization, the UN Security Council, and resolution stemming from a conference on states parties to the Geneva Convention. The status and implications of these initiatives are discussed.

Learning Areas:
Advocacy for health and health education
Ethics, professional and legal requirements
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Describe the extent of assaults on health workers, faciltiies and patients in situations of conflict Discuss the possible motivating factors animating the attacks Identify strategies to protect health functions in armed conflict

Keywords: Human Rights, Workforce

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have engaged in research and published in this area
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.