Security Council Can Do More to Protect Health Care in Conflict

Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Coalition Chair Leonard Rubenstein recommends the UN Security Council take three immediate actions to protect health workers and services and implement its resolution from May 2016. The Council will hold a briefing on the resolution on September 28. After the recent, horrific attacks in Syria, the credibility of the Council is at stake.

On World Humanitarian Day, Remember Local Health Workers

Friday, August 19, 2016
Honoring ‪#‎WorldHumanitarianDay‬, we are reminded that the majority of the humanitarian ‎work force‬ is comprised of local workers, who face tremendous risks when providing assistance. Investments in the humanitarian system, including health workers, should reflect this reality in order to be more cost-effective.

A Colleague Lost, and the Unknown Devastation of Attacks on Health Care

Friday, June 10, 2016
We know very little about what happened to Sister Veronika Rackova, a physician and Catholic nun who was loved by her community in Yei, South Sudan. We know that someone shot at Sister Veronika’s ambulance and she died four days later. She was one of more than a thousand people killed in the last 15 months as a result of attacks on health care.

Universal Healthcare Coverage by 2030? But Are We Forgetting Something?

Friday, October 9, 2015
Violence against health care facilities and health workers is one of the most crucial yet overlooked humanitarian—and global health—issues today. The US military’s bombing of the MSF hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, last weekend illustrates the vulnerability of health care facilities and health workers during armed conflict and the all too common violation of international law. With the recent Post 2015 Agenda introduced in New York in the form of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 associated targets, we must ensure that the safety and protection of health workers are included in the Health Goal : SDG 3.