A new field of expertise in health work, violence prevention and peace building

There is a long tradition for medical engagement against war, weapons and violence. Since 1863 the International Committee of the Red Cross has been promoting and monitoring the Geneva Conventions to protect non-combatants and to prevent unnecessary suffering. Different medical peace organizations have over the last 100 years advocated for disarmament, demilitarization, social justice and international arbitration. Examples are:

Despite this longstanding activism and preventive health work, marginal research and teaching exist in this field. It seems to be a need, not only for more empirical data, but also for more theory and conceptual framing. The Medical Peace Work partnership would like to stimulate a discussion about definitions, models, interventions and evidence. We hope herein to unite a health science perspective with a peace science perspective.

Please, become an MPW-associate to participate in the discussion forums and to add entries to the resource databases, or feel free to contact us by filling in the contact form.