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Doctors Warn Armed Violence a Grave and Escalating Threat to Health Worldwide

Over 700 Gather in London to Advocate for War Prevention, Humanitarian Law, Refugee Assistance

Alex Rosen. Foto (Bearbeitet): IPPNW.12/01/2015 

Armed conflict and militarization pose grave and escalating threats to health worldwide and must be tackled urgently, warned a coalition of leading health, peace, development and security organizations led by IPPNW UK affiliate Medact who met in London on the 13th & 14th November

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Press statement of PSR/IPPNW Switzerland

Global toll of the nuclear industry and uranium exploitation

Press Statement « Nuclearisation of Africa » Symposium 19. Nov 2015

19.11.15 There is a clear global downtrend in the civil use of nuclear power, as documented by the annual World Nuclear Industry Status Report and as discussed at the international Symposium on « Nuclearisation of Africa » concluded on the 19th of November in Johannesburg. Testimonies by participants from Niger spoke about the heavy toll of the 40 years exploitation of Uranium in their country.

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Press statement, IPPNW Germany

Overcoming War and Terror

Terrorist Attacks in Paris

Paris: Solidarität mit den Opfern, Grafik: Campact e.V.

18.11.2015 The physicians' peace organisation, IPPNW, is deeply shocked and appalled by the murderous hate of the Paris assassins. Our deepest sympathy goes out to the victims and their families. In view of the terror in Europe, we also remember the victims in Beirut, the Airbus crash over the Sinai desert and those in Ankara as well as the untold dead and injured in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Libya. After the terror attacks in Paris, we appeal to the German government not to answer violence with violence and, in so doing, restrict basic liberties.

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13.-15.11.2015, Barcelona

15th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates

Dr. Alex Rosen speaking at 15th Nobel Peace Summit in Barcelona. Photo: Nobel Peace Summit

17.11.2015 The 15th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates concluded its sessions with a final statement prepared by the Laureates on Sunday. The final declaration expressed sympathy for the victims of Paris and called for people around the world to think and act with compassion toward the millions of refugees forced to leave their homes.“We, the Nobel Peace Laureates and Peace Organisations, in the presence of youth from all over the world, gathered together in Barcelona from 12 – 15 November 2015, have considered issues affecting world peace – with special emphasis on the current refugee and migration crisis,” the declaration said.

[Nobel Summit homepage]  [Barcelona Declaration (docx)]  [Final Declaration of Student Summit]


IPPNW Board of Directors hold a minute's silence

London, Monday, 16th November, 11 am GMT

Board of Directors of IPPNW join the minute’s silence in remembrance of the victims of terror and war. Foto: IPPNW

16.11.2015 At its London meeting, the Board of Directors of IPPNW decided to join the minute’s silence in remembrance of the victims of terror and war, which was held all across Europe mindful of the dreadful acts of violence in France. The Board explicitly included all victims of hostility.

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13.-14.11.2015, London

Health through Peace


Participants at Medact Forum protest bombing of hospital in Kunduz. Foto: Medact

16.11.2015 The Health Through Peace conference was organised by Medact in November 2015, as a forum for the health community to examine and discuss the negative impact of rising levels of war, armed conflict, violence and militarism across the world on health and wellbeing. War, armed conflict and militarism end the lives of hundreds of millions of people worldwide. These problems are being intensified by climate change, resource depletion and increasing inequality. Our response to these threats often relies on a narrow and limited idea of ‘security’ and the misguided belief that we can protect ourselves from complex and multi-dimensional threats by military power alone.

[Further information]  [Health and Peace Statement (PDF)]


Turkey: Hospitals are being converted into war zones

Ausnahmezustand in Cizre und anderen türkischen Städten: Ausgangssperre und Angriffe auf die zivile Infrastruktur. Foto: IPPNW

13.11.2015 With elections approaching, a 15-member delegation including politicians, journalists, doctors, human rights campaigners and trade-union officials from Germany, Austria and the Netherlands visited the cities Diyarbarkir, Cizre, Nusaybin, Silvan and Mardin in Turkey. They were invited by the peace block of Turkey, an alliance of numerous public organisations as well as public figures in both cultural affairs and politics. IPPNW doctor Dr Angelika Claußen was a member of the delegation.

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World Medical Association calls on governments to ban and eliminate nuclear weapons

Mitgliedsländer der WMA. Foto: World Medical Association [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

18.10.15 The General Assembly of the World Medical Association, unanimously adopted a new resolution condemning nuclear weapons, stating that the medical profession has a duty to work for the elimination of nuclear weapons, and urging all governments to work to ban and eliminate them. IPPNW and its affiliates, many of whose members are active in national medical associations, will work to ensure that this resolution is promoted and acted upon as widely as possible.

[Docs and Nukes - Still a Live issue, The new England Journal of Medicine, 14.10.2015]

News release, International Peace Day

European health groups launch Medical Peace Work Case Studies


Medical Peace Work

21.09.2015 European health groups today launched new educational materials to educate nurses, doctors, students and others on the health aspects of war, violence and armed conflict. The new case studies form part of the Medical Peace Work framework and depict challenging situations for health professionals in the search of preventing and reducing violence – as well as promoting peace, sustainable development, and human rights. They aim to show the role of doctors, nurses and others in building trust, understanding, mutually enriching structures, and cultures of peace.

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Physicians for Social Responsibility, 19.09.2015

The results are in! Watch the winners from the short film award


19.09.2015 IPPNW's U.S. affiliate PSR, with support from NSquare, held a short film contest to raise awareness about what's at stake if we are complacent about nuclear weapons.

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Press release

End the blockade of Donbass

Humanitarian catastrophe in Ukraine

Verbrannter Wohnblock in Lysychansk, 2014. Foto: Pryshutova Viktoria

17.09.2015 IPPNW medical practitioners from 15 European countries appealed today to Presidents Poroshenko and Putin, the European Parliament and the OSCE to help lift the blockade of Donbass and allow free access to humanitarian assistance for the population in the region. The Ukraine government further tightened the blockade of the Donbass conflict region in June of this year: food and medical supplies are only allowed into the area controlled by the Separatists unter strict controls.

more ...[Letter to Presidents Poroshenko and Putin, the European Parliament and the OSCE]

Ukraine conflict risks nuclear war

Letter to Obama and Putin


IPPNW co-presidents Ira Helfand and Vladimir Garkavenko have sent the following letter to Presidents Barack Obama of the United States and Vladimir Putin of Russia, expressing the Federation’s concern over the continuing conflict in Ukraine between two heavily armed nuclear States. Dr. Helfand is a member of the board of IPPNW’s US affiliate, Physicians for Social Responsibility. Dr. Garkavenko is a member of the board of IPPNW’s Russian affiliate, Russian Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War.

[Read letter]

Animated Short Film about DU by ICBUW and PaxChristi

click to watch the video in IPPNW's youtube channel