After numerous encounters with military medical personnel from Hamburg to Mazar-i-Sharif, I realized how ethical issues are crucial and pressing matters in military medicine. The need for guidance in a time when the deployment scenarios and the responsibilities of medical personnel are changing substantially, made us choose military medical ethics as a key topic.
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Bombed hospitals and medical personnel under threat – war does not stop even for helpers. Kidnappings of employees of international aid organizations are becoming reality more and more. In recent years, the number of humanitarian workers who have come under attack in war zones and crisis areas has increased significantly. From 2012 to 2014, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) recorded 4,275 helpers and patients who fell victim to violent attacks in 11 countries. During the same period, there were 60 cases of medical facilities being misused as a military base.