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A new digital instant messaging tool that relies on WhatsApp and developed by the WHO is designed to detect, verify, and log attacks on health facilities, health workers, and patients.The tool was piloted in Syria and is being deployed in Jordan and Pakistan.

Israeli soldiers and police stormed a Palestinian hospital twice over the past week terrifying staff and patients and in some cases preventing doctors from providing emergency medical care to critically injured patients, said Amnesty International.

Afghan presidential spokesman Shah Hussain Murtazawi said the Taliban killed 35 people in an attack on a hospital in Ghor's Taywara district over the weekend.

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) reopened a small medical clinic in Kunduz, Afghanistan, on Saturday, their first facility there since the American airstrikes that destroyed a hospital in 2015.
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It's time to take mental well-being during complex emergencies seriously.

Electricity cuts and continued shortages of medicines and medical supplies in the Gaza Strip are severely restricting the access of 2 million people to critical medical care, the WHO has warned. At least 30 hospitals, 70 primary health care centres and a blood blank are at risk of full or partial closure due to continued power outages and not enough fuel or spare parts for back-up generators.
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A new, interactive database built by the World Health Organization will soon shine a spotlight on the extent of violence against health care workers and the risks they are facing in some of the world’s toughest places to deliver aid. Photo by: U.S. Mission Geneva / CC BY-ND
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MSF is calling on G20 leaders to turn the declaration made by their health ministers into concrete action that critical health issues such as drug-resistant infections and attacks on medical facilities and personnel in armed conflict must urgently be addressed.

In conflict areas around the world, health workers like Patrick in South Sudan continue to risk their lives to do their jobs.
Cover of Impunity Must End

Intense violence against health workers persisted in 2016—and accountability for the attacks remains inadequate or non-existent. Leonard Rubenstein, chair of the Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition, discusses findings in the coalition's new report documenting attacks on health in 23 countries.