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Statement Delivered at World Health Assembly in Response to WHO's Role in Meeting Demands of Health in Humanitarian Emergencies

Thursday, May 29, 2014
At the 67th World Health Assembly in Geneva last week, Chantal Baumgarten of Save the Children delivered a statement on behalf of her organization as well 21 other organizations who are affiliated with the Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition. The statement was made in respond to agenda item 17M: “WHO’s response, and role as the health cluster lead, in meeting the growing demands of health in humanitarian emergencies (resolution WHA 65.20).”

Health Care under Attack: A Call for Action

Thursday, May 22, 2014
A technical briefing on healthcare workers under attack was held 21 May by WHO in occasion of the 67th World Health Assembly. Attacks on health care workers, patients and health facilities are increasing in many parts of the world. These attacks violate the basic right to health care and reflect a grave lack of respect for International Humanitarian Law, which provides special status and protection to health-care personnel. Violence against the health system limits access to medical services for those who need them most and can have grave public health consequences.

Health Workers, Patients Under Attack

Friday, May 16, 2014
(Geneva, May 16, 2014) – Hundreds of attacks on health workers have occurred in dozens of countries around the world since 2012, Human Rights Watch and the Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition said in a joint report released today. The report, released in advance of a meeting on May 19 to 24, 2014, of health ministers from around the world, called on governments to do more to protect patients, health workers and facilities from attack in countries undergoing conflict and civil unrest. The 28-page report, “Under Attack: Violence against health workers, patients and facilities,” highlights recent attacks in countries around the world.

New Map Shows Government Forces Deliberately Attacking Syria's Medical System

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Syrian forces have systematically attacked the health care system in opposition-held areas over the past three years, resulting in the death of more than 460 health professionals and widespread destruction to hospitals and clinics, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) said today as it launched an interactive map tracking these violations. PHR said government forces committed 90 percent of the confirmed 150 attacks on 124 facilities between March 2011 and March 2014, which have devastated the country’s health system.

State of the World's Mothers Report Shows Harms to Maternal and Child Health in Conflict

Tuesday, May 6, 2014
On May 6 Save the Children launched its annual State of the World’s Mothers report, which compiles global statistics on the health and well-being of mothers and children, and uses them to produce rankings of the best and toughest places to be a mother.

Call for Blog Posts on Health Systems of Conflict-Affected States

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Organizers of the Third Global Symposium on Health Systems Research (Cape Town, September 30 – October 3) are launching a blog to explore the theme of people-centered health systems. The health systems of fragile and conflict-affected states is one of the focus areas, along with health systems research, policy and implementation issues, research methodologies, teaching health systems, universal health coverage, medicines in health systems, human resources for health, and the translation of evidence into action.

A Woman of Courage: Malian Community Mobilizer Honored for Helping Women Access Health Care in Conflict

Thursday, April 17, 2014
Last month, First Lady Michelle Obama bestowed one of ten International Women of Courage Awards to Fatimata Touré for her daring work to help women during the brutal occupation of Gao, Mali, in 2012 and 2013. She is head of the Women’s Action, Research, Study, and Training Group (GREFFA) and the leader of the Regional Forum on Reconciliation and Peace in Gao.

Call for Papers: Theme Issue on Attacks on Health Workers in Conflict Zones

Tuesday, June 17, 2014
World Health & Population is seeking submissions of original manuscripts for a theme issue on the nature and impacts of attacks on health workers in conflict zones, to be published in Fall 2014. The issue’s guest editors are Leonard S. Rubenstein and Katherine Footer of the Center for Public Health and Human Rights at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Joseph Amon of Human Rights Watch.

UN Security Council Passes Resolution on Children and Armed Conflict; Urges Safe Access to Health Care

Thursday, March 20, 2014
On March 7 the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 2143 on children and armed conflict. The Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition makes particular note of paragraphs 16, 17, and 19. These contain language calling for children’s continued access to health care, condemning attacks on health facilities and health workers, and affirming children’s right to access services.

Statement from World Vision on WHO's Role in Meeting the Demands of Health in Humanitarian Emergencies

Monday, January 27, 2014
Marie Durling of World Vision presented the following statement to the Executive Board of the World Health Organization on January 25 in Geneva: Statement from World Vision on item 13.2M, WHO’s response, and role as the health cluster lead, in meeting the growing demands of health in humanitarian emergencies (resolution WHA 65.20).

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