Attacks

With Violence Gripping Central African Republic, International Medical Corps Team Remains on the Ground and Prepares for Rising Humanitarian Needs

Monday, December 9, 2013
Government and armed rebel forces in the Central African Republic’s (CAR) capital of Bangui have continued to engage in conflict since December 5, with civilians caught in the crossfire—nearly 400 have been killed since Thursday. Having operated in CAR since 2007, International Medical Corps’ local teams are monitoring ongoing developments and are responding to the escalating humanitarian crisis by delivering vital health care services.

Online Panel Discussion: The Protection and Safety of Health Workers

Thursday, December 12, 2013
How to protect health workers in conflict zones from being attacked? This was the question health experts grappled with in a live online discussion on 3 December 2013 in London. The debate took place as part of the conference “Health Care in Danger: From Consultation to Implementation,” organized by the ICRC and British Red Cross at the Royal Society of Medicine to seek practical ways to combat violent attacks on health workers and facilities in war and emergency.

'Crisis' of Health Worker Attacks

Monday, December 2, 2013
Hundreds of thousands of people living in worn-torn countries are affected by attacks on medics, the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) said. The comments come ahead of a meeting of leading medics and humanitarian organisations which aims to establish practical ways to protect healthcare workers in conflict. The meeting, which is hosted by the RSM, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the British Red Cross, hopes to examine measures to protect health workers so they can safely deliver care in war zones.

Campaign Highlights Images of Health Workers in Conflict Zones

Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Attacks on healthcare workers and facilities have become a common feature of violent conflict throughout the world. From Syria to Somalia, there is a dangerous lack of respect for the neutrality of these institutions and personnel: hospitals are shelled; ambulances are fired upon; the wounded languish for hours in checkpoint queues.

Shifting Resources to Front Lines Could Protect Polio Workers

Tuesday, October 8, 2013
A bomb exploded Monday near a group of polio vaccinators in Peshawar, killing at least two policemen, The New York Times reported. Since December, at least 20 polio workers have been killed in similar assaults. Such violence has threatened the global effort to stamp out the disease in the three countries where the virus is still endemic — Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan.

Doctors and Other Health Workers Must Be Protected in Times of Armed Conflict and Violence

Friday, September 6, 2013
The AMA Federal Council has adopted the World Medical Association’s WMA Regulations in Times of Armed Conflict and Other Situations of Violence as formal AMA policy. The Regulations outline the duties of doctors working in armed conflict and other situations of violence and address the obligations of Governments, armed forces, and others in positions of power to allow health care personnel to fulfil their ethical duties to care for the sick and wounded, and to provide protection for health care personnel and facilities such as hospitals.

With No Specific Law to Protect Them, Health Care Workers Are at Risk

Tuesday, September 10, 2013
At the end of 2008, Dr. Dirhem Al-Qadasi, the head of the emergency room at the Science and Technology Hospital in Sana’a, a private health care facility, was stabbed to death. Those responsible for his murder are believed to be family members of an elderly man who died while at the hospital who were seeking revenge for the man’s death. According to former patients and colleagues, the doctor had a sterling reputation. News of Al-Qadasi’s death caused a media storm and popular outrage, but no one was ever tried for the doctor’s murder.

The Immediate Need for a Strategic Post-Conflict Plan for Rebuilding Health in Syria

Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Never having been to Syria, or to an active conflict zone, it is hard for me to fully imagine the types of atrocities that have occurred over the past year. I write this blog post from my comfortable air-conditioned office in downtown Washington DC, and I cannot fully fathom the horrific conditions that Syrians face each day living through a civil war. The graphic images and tear-inducing stories of families being torn apart, children dying in the crossfire, and injured civilians unable to seek proper medical care are hard to digest. The US Government and the international community are faced with a challenging decision of whether or not to intervene with the efforts of the Syrian rebels to oppose the Assad regime.

WHO Director-General Condemns Attacks on Health Workers and Facilities in Conflict Situations

Tuesday, May 21, 2013
In her address to the 66th World Health Assembly in Geneva on May 20, WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan spoke about the “deeply troubled times” we live in and referenced “assaults on health personnel and health care facilities in conflict situations,” which the World Health Organization condemns “in the strongest possible terms.”

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