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The APHA’s Governing Council adopted 14 new policy statements at its 2019 Annual Meeting in November. Ending Attacks on Health Workers calls on the World Health Organization, governments, the United Nations Security Council, and parties in conflicts to take specific actions to end attacks on health workers.
The French and German-led Call for Action to strengthen respect for international humanitarian law and principled humanitarian action was endorsed by 43 States.
Physician for Human Right’s director of policy, Susannah Sirkin, addressed the UN Security Council on July 30, 2019, demanding that the Secretary-General launch an immediate investigation into recent attacks on health care in Idlib and northwestern Syria in violation of protection agreements. From March 2011 through July 2019, PHR corroborated 578 attacks on at least 350 separate facilities and documented the killing of 890 medical personnel.
The Executive Summary of our new report "Impunity Remains: Attacks on Health Care in 23 Countries in Conflict in 2018" is now available in French.
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.
The Executive Summary of our new report "Impunity Remains: Attacks on Health Care in 23 Countries in Conflict in 2018" is now available in Arabic.
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.
Recent attacks on healthcare in Sudan amidst the governmental crisis has caused an uprising roar around the world. The International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations condemns attacks on healthcare and demands accountability for all perpetrators whose actions are violating the International Human Rights Law (IHRL) & the International Humanitarian Law (IHL).