Press release: New report out now! In 2018 there were at least 973 attacks on health workers, health facilities, health transports, and patients in 23 countries in conflict around the world. At least 167 health workers died, and at least 710 were injured as a result of these attacks.
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 International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said up to 10 hospitals were reported to have been damaged in the previous 10 days. Damage to Sham hospital in Idlib alone cut off half a million people from access to health care.
Renewed bombing of hospitals in Syria’s six-year civil war by forces loyal to the government of Bashar al-Assad has sparked strong condemnations by human rights groups and despair among local doctors, who accuse the international community of ignoring attacks on medical facilities.
A new, interactive database built by the World Health Organization will soon shine a spotlight on the extent of violence against health care workers and the risks they are facing in some of the world’s toughest places to deliver aid. Photo by: U.S. Mission Geneva / CC BY-ND
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.
Where there is pain, you will always find healers. And those healers should not be targets for attacks in times of war or at peaceful protests. National Nurses United condemns reports of medics specifically targeted for arrest and attack in North Dakota.