Health Care in Danger: Promoting domestic and global implementation

Dick Clomén, Head of Policy


If YES, please describe the actions taken (including challenges encountered if there is any) and provide concrete examples (including written reports, programme information, photos and videos*)


Swedish Red Cross has developed its own HCiD ambulance concept with a wrecked ambulance touring around Sweden. A handful of volunteers are linked to the campaign to conduct HCiD dissemination activities. We cooperate with the Swedish Ambulance Nurse Association and the Swedish Society of Nurses. Social media is used to reach a broader audience with our messages.

We run a bi-annual 3-hour-seminar for senior year medical students at Karolinska Institutet.

HCiD and the Swedish Parliament
We have organized a seminar in the Swedish Parliament “What can Parliamentarians do to help protecting health care?” together with MSF and the Swedish Afghanistan Committee).

A HCiD Checklist for Swedish Parliamentarians, has been developed together with members of the Swedish Parliament.


Communication and media
We have organized a communication campaign in May 2016. We have written op-eds and been invited to cemment the issue in media (radio, TV and newspapers).


Specialized seminars
A seminar on Violence Affecting Ambulance Services in Norway and Sweden, was organised together with the Norwegian Red Cross and the Nobel Peace Centre in Oslo in October.

Swedish Red Cross was a keynote speaker at a conference for health-care personnel working as supervisors for students in health care professions. 900 people in the audience.

Dialogue with the government

The Swedish Government’s Delegation on International Law and Disarmament lead by the Swedish Foreign Minister has established a working group on the protection of health care in armed conflicts to support the government in its work to improve protection of health-care in line with the HCiD recommendations and the resolutions, as well as the UN SC Res 2286. Swedish Red Cross is an active member of the working group.

With regard to the Swedish Government’s mebership of the UN Security Council 2017-2019, Swedish Red Cross has actively promoted HCiD as a key priority.