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The Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition found that attacks on health care occurred in 23 countries in conflict in 2017. The sheer number of countries and the intensity of attacks on health facilities, health workers, ambulances, and patients are staggering.
Although governments have continually declared that attacks on health care are unacceptable, their conduct shows instead that the attacks have become accepted. Today our Chair Len Rubenstein will speak at a special session of the UN Security Council to press governments to end their passivity and act to protect health workers and health care.
In response to recent protests, the government of Sudan has violently raided health facilities and arrested, detained, and killed health workers. The international community has the responsibility to call attention to these attacks on health care before the crisis escalates.
The Sudanese government of President Omar Hassan al-Bashir is detaining doctors and targeting hospitals with tear gas amidst mass protests against the al-Bashir regime. This press release from Physicians for Human Rights demands that the Sudanese government release doctors and health care workers being held unlawfully, provide medical care for detainees in need, and allow medical responders and hospitals to function without threat of violence.