Fighting for Docs in War Zones


When ambulance drivers in Gaza told Leonard Rubenstein about being delayed at checkpoints and blocked from hospitals, and when doctors in Kosovo described arrests and torture for providing care for rebels, they echoed the stories of multitudes in Mexico, Libya, Burma and beyond.

"Health workers are trying to do their jobs, consistent with their ethical responsibilities, and are vulnerable because of it," says Rubenstein, JD, LLM, a senior scientist at the Johns Hopkins Center for Public Health and Human Rights and associate faculty of the Berman Institute of Bioethics.

His efforts are focused on a veritable black hole of human rights: the protection of health care in armed and civil conflict.

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Cross-posted from Johns Hopkins Public Health: The MAGAZINE of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.