On November 2, 2015, the American Public Health Association will hold a session on the challenges of practicing health care in volatile environments, especially during armed conflict and political violence.
World Humanitarian Day is a time to honor those who face danger in order to help others. Heath workers, of course, are humanitarians. They not only risk contracting infectious disease and illness when providing care but they continue to be threatened and harmed just for doing their jobs. The coalition urges the global community not to overlook the need to protect health workers on this World Humanitarian Day or during the upcoming World Humanitarian Summit.
On Wednesday, May 20, 2015, the Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition will cosponsor a side event, Health and Wellbeing in Emergencies, at the World Health Assembly. The event will focus on safety and health of health workers; reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health; and mental health and psychosocial support in humanitarian emergencies.