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CCHN Monthly Forum on the Role of Armed Groups in the Provision of Health Services during the COVID-19 Pandemic

2 July 2020, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm CEST

While Governments worldwide are reacting to the COVID-19 Pandemic, non-state armed groups have been similarly confronted with the challenges linked to thspread of the Corona Virus. In Syria, Afghanistan, Gaza and the Philippines, armed groups have adopted health-related measures to contain the COVID-19 PandemicIn other countries such as Cameroon, the Central African Republic, South Sudan, Colombia, and Yemen, armed groups have agreed to a ceasefire to facilitate the delivery of health services. 

The 3rd CCHN Monthly Forum takes stock of how non-state armed groups have positioned themselves in the fight against COVID-19 and addresses some of the challenges encountered by populations living in areas controlled by armed groups. It will bring together field practitioners, policymakers, experts and government representatives to discuss issues related to the access to health care in such areas and the latest developments affecting the international humanitarian response. 

Registration will close on Wednesday, 1 July at 11:00 AM (Geneva Time)

A virtual space for discussions

Organized on a monthly basis, the CCHN Forum aims to offer a virtual space for discussions and exchanges between frontline professionals, policymakers of humanitarian organizations and donors to:

– Sharing the latest information on the impact of the pandemic on humanitarian action by region;
– Exploring the relevance of humanitarian norms and principles to the international response to the pandemic;
– Discussing in subgroups the strategies and tactics of the response per region and most affected contexts;
– Identifying the need for policy and training tools to enhance the capacity of frontline humanitarian negotiators to engage on the deployment of the humanitarian response in favor of the most affected.

Preliminary agenda


Welcome and Introduction

Joëlle Germanier, CCHN Head of Operation

Introductory remarks

David Harland, Executive Director of the Center for Humanitarian Dialogue

Presentation on The Role of Armed Groups in the Provision of Health Services during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Based on a survey conducted by CCHN

Professional exchange between frontline humanitarian negotiators and academic experts

- Kinday Samba, Deputy Country Director - Cameroon of the World Food Programme (WFP)
- Hichem Khadhraoui, Director of Operations of Geneva Call
- Ashley Jackson, Co-Director, Centre for the Study of Armed Groups, Overseas Development Institute (ODI)

Thematic discussions in working groups


Summarizing and concluding remarks

Claude Bruderlein, Director of the CCHN

Connecting field practitioners with policy makers and experts

The main objective of the CCHN is to facilitate the sharing of experiences from different regions. The forum is designed for humanitarian field practitioners, operational managers, policymakers, government representatives and academic researchers. The participation confirmation and information on how to connect will be shared before the event.

Registration will close on Wednesday, 1 July at 11:00 AM (Geneva Time)Register here


Celina Hübner

CCHN Project Manager - Research & Development

Sofia Mueller

CCHN Project Officer Research and Development

Zamboanga, jail. The ICRC delivers cleaning and hygiene items to one of the most overcrowded jails, in the Philippines in an effort to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. (ICRC/Michael Angelo Guiroy)


2 July 2020
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm CEST
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