IFEM stands with our healthcare colleagues in Ukraine

Statement 25 February 2022
IFEM stands in solidarity with our emergency and healthcare colleagues in Ukraine. We are increasingly concerned at reports of the targeting of health facilities and workers, and strongly condemn any such attacks. IFEM holds that the principles of international humanitarian and human rights law which safeguard medical neutrality in situations of conflict must be respected and upheld.

Statement 7 March 2022
The International Federation for Emergency Medicine condemns the escalating attacks on Ukraine hospitals and clinics, health care workers, and patients including vulnerable children and babies receiving treatment or shelter inside those facilities.

It is critical that the ill and injured have a safe haven for the care they require, and protection of healthcare workers and patients needs to extend outside of the healthcare facility, allowing safe passage to and from the facility, and to safety. The ongoing disregard for the devastating physical and psychological toll on the most vulnerable patients and their carers is abhorrent.

The International Federation for Emergency Medicine calls upon State and Non-State Actors in any conflict to respect and abide by ICRC Rule 28, so that “…the highest attainable standard of health as a fundamental right of every human being” (WHO Constitution 1946) is maintained. 


Read IFEM’s statement on hospital neutrality.

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