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As the number of cholera cases in Yemen reaches half a million, the collapsing health system is struggling to cope. Half of all health facilities in the country are closed, shortages in medicines and supplies are widespread, and 30,000 critical health workers have not been paid salaries in nearly a year.

The six Red Cross volunteers were taking part in a crisis meeting at a health facility in the south east of the Central African Republic on August 3, 2017. The exact circumstances are not yet clear; however, reports indicate that civilians and medical staff may also have been killed.

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.