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The Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition found that attacks on health care occurred in 23 countries in conflict in 2016. The sheer number of countries and the intensity of attacks on health facilities, health workers, ambulances, and patients are staggering.
To advance international efforts to protect health care in conflict areas, UN Missions of Canada, the Netherlands, Spain, and the United Kingdom in collaboration with the Lancet-American University of Beirut Commission on Syria and Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition, are organizing a side event during UNGA 72.
The Special Rapporteur on the right to health for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) spoke at a side event on September 12, 2017 at the Human Rights Council and emphasized that attacks on and interference with health care constitute one of the primary impediments to the realization of the right to health.