CSP ARC conference – ADAPTs Motion Passed

We wanted to update you on our motion submitted by the ADAPT committee regarding the Middle East presented at the CSP ARC conference today for those that couldn’t attend. 

ADAPT’s Motion on the Middle East: 

ADAPT stands firm in our commitment to Global Health and expresses solidarity with all rehabilitation colleagues globally, especially those caught up in sudden onset disasters, conflict and challenging environments around the world. Our members have lead rehabilitation programmes for WHO, UN and NGO’s globally, some of which have over 30 years experience in Israel and Palestine. In addition to hundreds of CSP members, I have also witnessed the devastation and human suffering of those affected by conflict, by both patients and colleagues in Ukraine. What if this was your child, husband, mother or colleague?

As healthcare professionals, we have a moral and professional duty to advocate for the right to healthcare including the access to, and delivery of rehabilitation for our patients. We are unanimous in advocating for international humanitarian law to be respected in all conflicts across the world and to uphold the core humanitarian principles: humanity, impartiality, neutrality and independence. 

This conference is horrified at the conflict and ongoing humanitarian crisis in the Middle East which has resulted in the loss of physiotherapy colleagues and students, their patients, carers and families. The seemingly deliberate suffering of innocent civilians, targeting of hospitals, healthcare staff and the restriction of resources for basic health needs is a clear breach of international humanitarian law (IHL). Following the British Medical Association’s clear stance on a ceasefire and protection of all medical personnel we urge the CSP to take a similar stance, especially given the extreme measures already taken by CSP members on this. 

Conference therefore requests the CSP to make a public statement calling for an immediate ceasefire in the Middle East and for international humanitarian law to be upheld. 

Please support this motion. 

We are happy to share that the motion was passed almost unanimously which is excellent progress in lobbying the CSP on this important issue. 

Further feedback and reflections from ARC and our other proposed motions will follow in due course.