ADVOCACY: ESSENTIAL FOR RESPONDING TO HUMANITARIAN CRISES
Humanitarian crises exacerbate inequalities and vulnerabilities, and the work of organisations such as Médecins du Monde is increasingly limited by states and geopolitical opposition. Policies have an impact on the prevention, management and resolution of crises, and therefore have an impact on people’s health. Médecins du Monde considers the role of civil society to be key in reminding states of their obligations and ensuring the right of people to have access to quality healthcare at all times and in all places.
Médecins du Monde wishes to continue its work to preserve, protect and guarantee the right to health of people living in crisis situations. To this end, we consistently call for all belligerents to respect international humanitarian law and the humanitarian principles of impartiality, independence and neutrality. We advocate for better access for humanitarian workers to populations in need, and for populations to healthcare. We also work to ensure that humanitarian and health workers are better protected in crisis situations.