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Leonard Rubenstein's Book: Perilous Medicine: The Struggle to Protect Health Care from the Violence of War

Wednesday, September 15, 2021
Leonard Rubenstein, the chair of the Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition, recently released a new book about how the violence against hospitals, patients, nurses, doctors, and other health workers has become a horrifically common feature of modern war.

No Respite: Violence Against Health Care in Conflict

Monday, May 24, 2021
Today, the Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition released its eighth annual report, documenting the global incidence of attacks and threats against health workers, facilities, and transport around the world. The report cites 806 incidents of violence against or obstruction of health care in 43 countries and territories in ongoing wars and violent conflicts in 2020, ranging from the bombing of hospitals in Yemen to the abduction of doctors in Nigeria. Attacks – including killings, kidnappings, and sexual assaults, as well as destruction and damage of health facilities and transports – compounded the threats to health in every country as health systems struggled to prepare for and respond to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Physicians for Human Rights Israel (PHRI) condemns the recent obstruction of Palestinian medical teams in the Al Aqsa Compound

Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Physicians for Human Rights Israel (PHRI) condemns the recent obstruction of Palestinian medical teams in the Al Aqsa Compound and the delays imposed on their efforts to provide care to those wounded by Israeli security forces.

The UN Security Council's Resolution on the Protection of Health Care: A Five-year Review of Ongoing Violence and Inaction to Stop it

Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Five years after the United Nations (UN) Security Council passed a landmark resolution committing countries to prevent attacks on health care and hold perpetrators accountable, violence against health workers and facilities rages on unabated

Health Worker Safety During the COVID-19 Pandemic (October 2020 Update)

Tuesday, November 3, 2020
Insecurity Insight published a new analysis document on health worker safety in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. This edition examines the difference in the reported conflict- and COVID-related violence against health care personnel, services, infrastructure and equipment by looking at who commits such violence, what weapons are used and what this can tell us about the perpetrators’ underlying motives.

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