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Coalition member Syrian American Medical Society reports that its largest trauma hospital in eastern Aleppo City was destroyed after a bunker buster bomb landed at the front entrance. The bomb killed three maintenance workers and injured a nurse and ambulance driver. Only five hospitals remain operational in besieged Aleppo to care for a population of 300,000 civilians, including more than 85,000 children.

As the Government of Afghanistan and world community gather in Brussels to reaffirm financial commitment to Afghanistan’s future, ACBAR and other health NGOs working in the country, make a series of recommendations for safeguarding healthcare and recognizing that as a key development factor.

Pregnant women fleeing South Sudan arrive at settlements in Uganda only to face dire conditions: long walks to the (overcrowded) health center, malnutrition and hard labor to be able to make money to provide for their newborn babies.

Coalition member ACBAR published a special briefing paper to the government of Afghanistan for the protection of aid workers. Since January 2015, 49 aid workers were killed, 38 wounded, and 30 kidnapped in the country. Part of the Brussels Series in preparation for the Brussels Conference, the paper details a set of recommendations to move forward.

Aid agencies are starting to call for independent investigations to punish those responsible for attacks on civilians and aid workers amid prevailing inaction from the Security Council, impunity and lack of accountability.

Coalition Chair Leonard Rubenstein recommends the UN Security Council take three immediate actions to protect health workers and services and implement its resolution from May 2016. The Council will hold a briefing on the resolution on September 28. After the recent, horrific attacks in Syria, the credibility of the Council is at stake.

This list presents seven doctors and researchers doing incredible work on public health in Syria.

Following the deadly attack on the United Nations aid convoy headed to Aleppo, the United States said Russia was probably responsible for the bombing, further shredding what remained of a severely weakened agreement between the United States and Russia aimed at halting the war.
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This event organized by Defenders for Medical Impartiality and cosponsored by the Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition will take place on Tuesday, 27 September, from 10-11 am in Room XXIV of Palais des Nations in Geneva.
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The coalition urges the United Nations Security Council in its upcoming briefing to take three immediate steps to implement Resolution 2286 and protect health workers and services in conflict.