12:00 AM, August 19, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, August 19, 2018

World Humanitarian Day: Civilians and healthcare workers are #NotATarget

Every year on 19 August, World Humanitarian Day brings citizens of the world together to rally support for people living in crises and to pay tribute to the aid workers who help them.

Emergencies cause immense suffering for millions of people – usually the world's poorest, most marginalised and vulnerable individuals. Humanitarian aid workers, including health care workers, strive to provide life-saving assistance and long term rehabilitation to disaster-affected communities, regardless of where they are in the world and without discrimination based on nationality, social group, religion, sex, race or any other factor.

Join the #NotATarget movement and demand world leaders do everything in their power to protect all civilians and healthcare workers in conflict.

This World Humanitarian Day, World Health Organisation (WHO) demands that leaders:

♦ Do not target health workers, facilities, health transport or patients.

♦ Respect the right of all wounded and sick persons to receive medical care.

♦ Adopt and promote the UN Secretary-General's recommendations on the protection of medical care in armed conflict.