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Doctors in Sudan are under attack in recent weeks as they are emerging as a leading force in a wave of anti-government protests. The Sudan Doctors’ Syndicate reports, for example, that security forces have shot dead a doctor and attacked hospitals with tear gas and live ammunition. Doctors have also been arrested and injured.

The functionality of Gaza’s 14 public hospitals is increasingly jeopardized by electricity shortages. Several of the most severely impacted hospitals have already put rationalization measures in place and suspended sterilization, diagnostic imaging, cleaning, laundry and catering services during cut-off hours. Elective surgeries have been further reduced and drastic service reductions, including closures of wards and hospitals, are imminent.Hundreds of patients, including newborn and children, whose life depends on the availability of dialysis services, incubators and ventilators in intensive care units, and other electrical life-sustaining devices, and those requiring surgical interventions will be directly affected. 

Physicians for Human Rights denounces the sentencing today of Dr. Şebnem Korur Fincancı, a prominent human rights defender and the president of the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey, to two years and six months in prison for signing a peace petition in 2016 organized by a group of Turkish academics.

Three and a half years of conflict in Yemen have led to the near total collapse of the country’s health system. More than half of health facilities are no longer functional and 16.4 million people do not have access to adequate health services. This advocacy brief by the Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition highlights how attacks on health workers, facilities, and infrastructure—at least 40 this year—have contributed to the cholera outbreak and famine-like conditions and provides recommendations for the parties to conflict, the UN Security Council, and others to avert humanitarian and health catastrophe.

Geneva Call has launched a new Deed of Commitment that encourage armed non-State actors to refrain from inflicting violence on hospitals, health workers, patients and ambulances in accordance with the Geneva Conventions.

The Journal of the American Medical Association published recommendations to the US government regarding the Ebola crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The Ebola epidemic in the DRC is exceptionally dangerous, occurring within active armed conflict and geopolitical volatility, including a million displaced persons.The United States and international community should launch high-level political mobilization, with diplomatic, human, and economic resources. It is critical to recognize that future health crises will occur in fragile, insecure settings. To prepare, the international community needs long-term planning and enhanced capacities to improve the safety and effectiveness of epidemic response operations.

Newsletter from the Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition detailing attacks on health from October to November 2018. If you have not already, please sign up to our newsletter on this site.

Newsletter from the Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition detailing attacks on health from June to October 2018. If you have not already, please sign up to our newsletter on this site.

At an event at the the United Nations General Assembly last week, the President of the Swiss Confederation, Alain Berset, issued a call to action for achieving universal health coverage in emergencies.

Statement on attacks on health care in conflict given to the Lantos Human Rights Commission by the Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition Chair, Leonard Rubenstein. This statement outlines the current status of attacks on health care around the world, and provides clear and tangible recommendations for Congress.