WMACouncil Resolution on the protection of healthcare in Israel and Gaza


Adopted by the 226th WMACouncil session, Seoul, Korea, April 2024

 

PREAMBLE

In response to the ongoing conflict in Israel and Gaza, the WMAis gravely concerned by the deepening healthcare and humanitarian crisis in Gaza, the growing starvation and the lack of medical care and deeply concerned about the continued imprisonment and abuse of hostages.

 

RECOMMENDATIONS

The WMACouncil and its constituent members call for:

  1. A bilateral, negotiated and sustainable ceasefire in order to protect all civilian life, secure the release and safe passage of all hostages and to allow the transfer of humanitarian aid for all those in need.
  2. The immediate and safe release of all hostages.
  3. Pending their release, humanitarian aid and healthcare attention to be provided to the hostages.
  4. All parties to abide by international humanitarian law and the principle of medical neutrality to safeguard the rights and protection of healthcare facilities, healthcare personnel and patients from further threat, interference and attack.
  5. Unimpeded and accelerated humanitarian access throughout all of Gaza, including the entry of humanitarian aid and safe passage of medical personnel. This also includes the evacuation of urgent medical cases to reduce secondary morbidity and mortality, public health risks, and alleviate pressure on hospitals inside Gaza.
  6. The re-establishment of access to healthcare and the creation of a safe working environment for healthcare personnel to work in through the restoration of medical capacity and essential services.
  7. Verified investigations into alleged gross violations and abuses of human rights and international humanitarian law including attacks on healthcare staff and facilities and the misuse of those facilities for military purposes.
  8. The upholding by physicians of the principles in the WMADeclaration of Geneva鈥痑nd other documents that serve as guidance for medical personnel during times of conflict.

 

 

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