Violent Incidents against Health Care in at Least 22 Countries in 2012


A new study by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), entitled “Violent Incidents Affecting Health Care,” reveals that at least 921 violent incidents against health-care personnel, infrastructure and wounded or sick people took place in 2012.

The study conducted in 22 unnamed countries affected by armed violence underlines a worrying trend: assaults on health-care personnel, facilities and vehicles in conflicts and other emergencies leave millions around the world without care just when they need it most.

“These 921 incidents include threats, killings, and kidnappings. However, they are just the tip of the iceberg," said Pierre Gentile, head of the ICRC's “Health Care in Danger” project.

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