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    During periods of armed violence, providing health care can become an extraordinarily hazardous undertaking beset by difficulties and threats to safety. Medical teams find themselves operating without basic equipment, and sometimes without even electricity or water. To evacuate or to reach the wounded and the sick in conflict zones, health-care workers sometimes have to put themselves at great risk.

    Health Care in Danger: An Issue for Our Time, a new photo exhibition by the International Committee of the Red Cross, shows that ‘violence against health care is not a recent phenomenon and has never been confined to one place or one period.’

    Image: While evacuating by Chinook helicopter, Fiona McGlynn, Commanding Officer of the Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT), performs cardio-pulmonary resuscitation on a Danish soldier who was severely injured by an IED in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. (Photo by Marco Di Lauro/Reportage by Getty Images)

    When the conflict began in the town, we stayed at home, and the shooting increased. The next day, we got the message that we would each have to find a way to leave on our own. We left and were trying to go to a village, and when we stopped to rest along the way, we saw Jeanne, who was by herself. There was no one there. At first we thought she was just a child like the others…by evening we noticed that no one had come to get her, and that was when we realized that she was alone, and I decided to take her with us. I paid the porters $40 so that she could cross over from the other side of the river. Before coming back down here, we walked around showing Jeanne to different groups of displaced people to see if they recognized her and if they were her family, or knew them. That was how I decided to keep her with me, as my daughter.

    In wartime, children panic, and if you’re not careful, they may run away from home and not return.’

     - Carine, a mother of four in the Democratic Republic of Congo, who is also caring for Jeanne, an orphan

    See the full feature: Effects of Conflict in The DRC, by Alvaro Ybarra Zavala for ICRC

    SRINAGAR, INDIA - OCTOBER 19: A Kashmiri woman lies on a carpet receiving healing prayers and Quranic verses from Munshi Syed Hussain Kazmi, October 19, 2011 in Srinagar, Kashmir, India.  Kazmi is a peer, or spiritual healer. A few months pregnant, the woman is seeking a normal and healthy child birth following an earlier miscarriage she blames on her abusive in-laws. Following decades of militancy and Indian military presence, Kashmiris suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, anxiety, or depression have searched for spiritual solace and comfort from peers.  Kashmiris experience one of the world’s highest rates of PTSD in the world. (Photo by Robert Nickelsberg/Reportage by Getty Images) 

    From the feature PTSD in Kashmir, by Robert Nickelsberg

    KRYVYI RIG, UKRAINE - AUGUST 31: A young man in the final stages of AIDS lies in a coma August 31, 2011 in Kryvyi Rig, Ukraine.  His case is so dire because there have been no new admissions allowed to the list of Antiretroviral therapy recipients in Ukraine since the end of 2010. 

    From the feature Aids in Ukraine, photographs by Brent Stirton

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    Brent Stirton—Reportage by Getty Images for TIME

    Nathan Wolfe runs Global Viral Forecasting, a group that monitors the porous microbiological boundaries between animals and humans, with the aim of identifying emerging viruses before they start causing problems. See more here

    We are thrilled to show the campaign that Reportage by Getty Images photographer Tom Stoddart has recently shot for the ICRC, for their campaign Health Care in Danger. The information below from the ICRC discusses the motivation and focus of the campaign, and provides further links.

    To learn more about the report, go to the ICRC’s Health Care in Danger project page


    Palani Mohan has produced a short video for the 10th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP) that was hosted in Busan, Korea from August 26th to the 30th of this year. The video ties in with the UN’s new “Getting to Zero” strategy. By 2015 they are looking to have zero new AIDS infections, zero AIDS related deaths, and zero discrimination towards the people who have been affected by the disease. 

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