The World Health Organization (WHO), the entity that provides global leadership in public health within the United Nations system, has had a long-term partnership with the International Committee of Military Medicine (ICMM) since 1952 on civil-military health collaboration.
Over the years, the cooperation has focused on strengthening health emergency preparedness, as part of multisectoral partnerships for health security.
Advancing civil-military health partnerships for capacity building for health emergency preparedness especially prior to a crisis has the potential to unlock substantial gains in national capacity to prevent, detect and respond to public health emergencies, as envisioned by the International Health Regulations (2005).
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is an impartial, neutral and independent organization whose exclusively humanitarian mission is to protect the lives and dignity of victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence and to provide them with assistance.
The ICRC also endeavours to prevent suffering by promoting and strengthening humanitarian law and universal humanitarian principles.
Established in 1863, the ICRC is at the origin of the Geneva Conventions and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. It directs and coordinates the international activities conducted by the Movement in armed conflicts and other situations of violence.
The ICMM is part of the Community of Concern for the Health Care in Danger initiative (HCiD)
A Memorandum of Understanding with the World Organizsation for Animal Health (OIE) was signed in 2006. Veterinary public health, animal disease protection, food safety, the Fight against zoonoses and animal welfare are points of common interest.
In 2014, the International Committee on Military Sport (CISM) and the ICMM agreed to provide to each other technical support in the development of tools for monitoring and evaluation methods, practices and interventions related to sport and health in the Armed Forces.