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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.

Report from the International Peace Institute highlighting the use of counterterrorism measures and their increasingly adverse impact on the provision of medical care and the conduct of principled humanitarian action in armed conflict settings.

New report from Human Rights Watch highlight the horrifying number of attacks against civilians in Yemen and warns that, if the Saudi-led coalition continues to fall short in safeguarding measures, all coalition members will be "at risk of complicity" in future attacks.

Julian Sheather explores recent report "The Criminalization of Healthcare" developed in collaboration with the Johns Hopkins Center for Public Health and Human Rights, the University of Essex and the Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition.

Medical Aid for Palestinians has launched a petition to the UK government, calling for them to safeguard the health workforce in Gaza

When hospitals or clinics are attacked, women often become targets. But what do we know about the real impact on their health and well-being?
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A new report reviews laws, prosecutions, and other forms of state-inflicted violence in multiple countries against health workers for treating alleged terrorists or enemies. Of 16 countries reviewed, at least ten have laws that have been or could be used to prosecute the provision of health care to people in need as a form of supporting terrorism.

Denouncing attacks on health-care facilities and personnel in conflict situations, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted resolution 2286 in May, 2016. Addressing the Council, then UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, condemned military actions leading to destruction of health-care facilities as war crimes, and called on Member States to honour their obligations to protect health-care workers and patients in conflict saying “even war has rules”.