WCPT has re-committed its support for the Red Cross and Red Crescent movements’ campaign to end violence against patients and health workers. The Confederation was represented at a meeting of international health care organisations that have signed up to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Health Care in Danger (HCID) campaign.
At the meeting, held in Geneva in April, the organisations discussed what they could do individually and jointly to support the initiative.
“There was discussion about areas where there could be joint action in support of the campaign, in the areas of research, advocacy, policy, national legislation, training and partnership,” said Brenda Myers, WCPT Secretary General, who attended the meeting.
This month, the ICRC released figures indicating that 42,000 people were victims of violence against health services between 2012 and 2014, and 598 health workers were killed, beaten or wounded.
At the meeting, representatives of the “health care community of concern”, including WCPT, discussed with Red Cross movement representatives the need to forge links between national Red Cross societies and organisations concerned about violence against patients and health care workers. “That’s one area where we can help make connections – between our member organisations and Red Cross and Red Crescent societies,” said Brenda Myers.
“Member organisations know we are part of this important international campaign, and it helps establish awareness of the issues and possible contacts for them.”
“Health Care in Danger is not a short-term project but a real priority for the ICRC. It’s a very important issue for our profession because there are so many physical therapists working in areas affected by disasters or war.”