The ethical principles of health care in times of armed conflict and other emergencies

The World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) endorses the ethical principles of care in times of armed conflict and other emergencies, arising from the Health Care in Danger project led by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and encourages its member organisations to promote their implementation and monitoring. 

The principles emphasise the underpinning access to and delivery of health care for all during armed conflict and other emergencies and the full implementation of International Humanitarian , without discrimination.  

Ethical principles guide the relationship between patients, clients, carers and health care professionals; they can also be extended to volunteers and technical support staff. These principles are embodied in WCPT’s Ethical Principles and accompanying policy statement on the ethical responsibilities of physical therapists and member organisations. The ICRC principles supplement these by contemplating issues such as discrimination, abuse of privileges, confidentiality, and torture. 

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