New Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition annual report documents incidents of violence and threats against health workers, facilities, and transport in 20 conflict-affected countries and territories.
The International Red Cross is drastically reducing its presence in Afghanistan after seven staff members were killed in attacks this year. Many other humanitarian organisations have pulled out of the country in recent years as Taliban and Islamic State militants have stepped up attacks.
New report from the Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition shows the extent and intensity of violence against health workers globally remains alarmingly high and calls on the UN Security Council and countries to take concrete steps toward preventing attacks and ending impunity.
Coalition member ACBAR published a special briefing paper to the government of Afghanistan for the protection of aid workers. Since January 2015, 49 aid workers were killed, 38 wounded, and 30 kidnapped in the country. Part of the Brussels Series in preparation for the Brussels Conference, the paper details a set of recommendations to move forward.
As the Government of Afghanistan and world community gather in Brussels to reaffirm financial commitment to Afghanistan’s future, ACBAR and other health NGOs working in the country, make a series of recommendations for safeguarding healthcare and recognizing that as a key development factor.
Afghan security forces, possibly accompanied by NATO advisers, raided a hospital south of Kabul and abducted and then killed at least three men suspected of being insurgents, hospital officials and residents said on Thursday.
KABUL, Afghanistan—Afghan security forces, possibly accompanied by NATO advisers, raided a hospital south of Kabul, handcuffed hospital staff, and abducted and killed at least three men suspected of being insurgents.