Are you a doctor wondering how to interact with the media, or a nurse wondering how to treat patient information in difficult circumstances? Are you an ambulance driver unsure of what your responsibilities are? Are you a hospital administrator wondering what to do with overwhelming numbers of deceased patients? If so, the Health Care in Danger (HCiD) project’s new e-learning module on the responsibilities of healthcare personnel is for you.

The module introduces healthcare personnel to the principles underpinning ethical considerations when working in conflict situations and other emergencies. Using an engaging multimedia interface, the module presents various dilemmas that medical personnel face every day. Users can explore these issues in depth by interacting virtually with experts in the field, studying real-life issues, and receiving guidance that helps them make decisions in difficult situations. The module allows learners freedom to explore, and for each chapter includes documents with more detailed information on topics of interest to the user.

“With this module, we aim to reach out to healthcare personnel across the globe,” said Bruce Eshaya-Chauvin, medical adviser of the HCiD project. “Anyone connected to the internet can use or download the module, which includes interviews with experts in the field, learning activities and other media.”

HCiD is an ICRC-led project of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement aimed at improving the efficiency and delivery of impartial healthcare in armed conflict and other emergencies. The International Council of Nurses, the World Medical Association, the International Pharmaceutical Federation, and the International Committee on Military Medicine have joined the project to contribute their expertise and to promote its aims among their members.

“This e-learning module is an essential tool bringing clarity to all and will empower physicians worldwide,” said Dr. Xavier Deau, President of the World Medical Association. “It will enable them to understand their rights and responsibilities and ethical obligations in situations of emergency. The WMA warmly welcomes this ICRC initiative.”

The module is intended for all professionals involved in the delivery of health care, whether civilian or military, including doctors, nurses, pharmacists, drivers and hospital administrators.

Access is completely free, and no login is required. The module functions on Safari, Internet Explorer 9 and later, Firefox, and Google Chrome, as well as on tablet devices. Would you like to get started? The module is available online and offline.

To access the e-learning module, click on the icon below:

For further information, please contact:

Anastasia Isyuk, ICRC Geneva, tel: +41 22 730 30 23 or +41 79 251 93 02

Lindsey Williamson, ICN, e-mail: media@icn.ch

Nigel Duncan, WMA, tel : + 44 (0) 20 8997 3653

Paul Zabouri, e-mail : pzabouri@cimm-icmm.org

Lin-Nam Wang, FIP, tel: +31 70 302 1987

ICRC New Delhi


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