Protecting Health Care from Violence: Legislative Checklist

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To successfully reduce the occurrence of incidents of violence against health care and mitigate their impact, adequate rules in domestic legislation and regulations are required. This document is designed to serve as a practical tool to help the practitioners concerned assess: · whether the domestic normative framework complies with international obligations and some of the main operational recommendations related to the protection of health-care delivery · in those cases where gaps are identified, what the appropriate preventive or corrective measures should be. The document presents a list of questions (a checklist or compatibility study) that cover some of the main challenges related to the protection of health care during armed conflict and other emergencies. 1 (In some cases, the solutions proposed may also be applicable in peacetime.) The objective of this checklist is to provide practitioners with a consolidated overview of their domestic normative framework so that they may quickly spot and address potential gaps or inconsistencies in either international obligations or existing operational and policy recommendations.
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