Reference : V-P-CD-E-01758
Date : 10/2012
Caption : North Kivu, general reference hospital Walikale.This doctor has been working since 2006 as surgeon in the only hospital in the region. He was trained in war surgery by the ICRC and work relentlessly to help the sick and wounded.
Photographer : YBARRA ZAVALA, Alvaro
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : Getty Images/CICR
Description :
This doctor has been working as surgeon in the general reference hospital in Walikale, the only hospital in the region, since 2006. He was trained in war surgery by the ICRC and worked relentlessly to help the sick and wounded during an armed group's takeover of the town in July this year, despite risks to his own security. Violence against health care is one of the most crucial yet overlooked humanitarian issues of today. In situations of conflict, the people and services that can bring vital assistance or save the lives of those affected, whether the latter are civilians or fighters, are too often not sufficiently spared or respected. In the DRC, attacks against health-care structures, medical evacuation teams or Red Cross volunteers, are unfortunately all too common. Doctors, nurses and patients may be subject to intimidation by armed men, which jeopardises the neutrality of healthcare structures and the impartiality of healthcare provision. The continuing and general insecurity that marks the Kivu provinces also affects everyone's access to appropriate care. It means that many people fear going to a healthcare centre because of the dangers of travelling there, or that healthcare workers find themselves having to flee an area because of renewed fighting or threats to their own lives. Getting essential medicines and equipment to front lines or areas of ongoing fighting can also be a real problem.
Original material : digital
Resolution : 3511x4096
Orientation : portrait
Colour/B&W : colour