Health Care in Conflict: A Doctor's Perspective

Friday, May 1, 2015
Providing or seeking health care in a conflict zone is a perilous undertaking. Every year health workers are kidnapped, threatened, tortured, and killed. Hospitals and clinics are targeted and bombed. Patients are shot. In Syria alone, 187 health facilities have been attacked since March 2011, and 615 health workers were killed—141 of them by torture and execution. One doctor has made health care in conflict the center of his work.

How to Protect Health Workers in Conflicts and Crisis

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Recruiting health workers with high levels of internal motivation is critical for work in difficult conditions, where their personal security and health might be compromised, according to new research published today in Health Policy and Planning. Health workers often witness the deaths of friends and colleagues during conflict situations and also face abduction, injury and death, themselves. Life history interviews with 26 health workers who lived through conflict in Northern Uganda reveal their resilience and how they coped by building trusting relationships with the community, seeking support from managers and elders, and finding strength from their faith and commitment to serve their community.

A Webinar on Funding Health Research in Crises

Monday, May 19, 2014
The Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises (R2HC) Programme opens its second call for proposals on 26 May 2014 with up to £3.5 million of research funding available. The programme is holding a webinar on Wednesday, June 4, 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM EDT, linking to the R2HC team in London, to present details of this opportunity to apply for research funding.

Call for Blog Posts on Health Systems of Conflict-Affected States

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Organizers of the Third Global Symposium on Health Systems Research (Cape Town, September 30 – October 3) are launching a blog to explore the theme of people-centered health systems. The health systems of fragile and conflict-affected states is one of the focus areas, along with health systems research, policy and implementation issues, research methodologies, teaching health systems, universal health coverage, medicines in health systems, human resources for health, and the translation of evidence into action.