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.
Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition welcomes a new resolution by the UN Security Council condemning attacks on health workers and facilities. The value of the resolution will be determined by whether states adhere to international norms, develop strategies to prevent attacks, and bring perpetrators of attacks to justice.
Attacks against hospitals and clinics from Afghanistan to South Sudan and Yemen have grown distressingly common in recent years, killing hundreds, forcing the shuttering of numerous medical facilities, and adding to the misery of already war-torn nations.
A new report presents a documented analysis of the medical and humanitarian consequences of the intensification of the military campaign in 2015, based on medical reports and data from 70 clinics and hospitals in Syria supported by Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF).