History of Vaccines Blog

Children, Conflict, and Polio

May 14, 2014

National Library of Medicine, 101579926. WWI Red Cross NurseThe sight of a red cross or crescent on a white background is supposed to signal medical aid, neutrality, and safety. In conflicts around the world, however, hostile actors are flouting decades of protocol and the Geneva convention itself: they are killing and kidnapping Red Cross, Red Crescent, and other emergency aid workers.