Past eventResearch Event

Non-State Armed Groups, Health and Healthcare

25 March 2015 - 5:00pm to 26 March 2015 - 6:00pm

Geneva, Switzerland



In 2005, all WHO Member States made the commitment to achieve universal health coverage. The commitment was a collective expression of the belief that all people should have access to the health services which they need without risk of financial ruin or impoverishment and that working towards universal health coverage is a powerful mechanism for achieving and promoting human development.

Those affected by conflict are often the most excluded, but deserve the same access as others to universal health coverage and to share in the post-2015 development agenda. Yet in conflict affected areas access is usually reduced and there is an increase in violence against health systems. In these areas, healthcare is available to a greater or lesser extent from a variety of agencies and organizations, including non-state armed groups (NSAGs).

This two-day roundtable will address how NSAGs contribute to the provision of healthcare during conflict, examine the barriers to them providing health services, and consider how such barriers can be eliminated or mitigated. It will consider how NSAGs can contribute to delivering impartial health service during conflict and what scope there is for NSAG resources to contribute to post-conflict health systems. The roundtable will be informed by a literature review on health systems and NSAGs and will help inform two subsequent field studies which are part of the Chatham House contribution to the European Commission funded CAERUS Project.