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11/28/2016

The last week has seen the surge of violence in Syria’s city of Aleppo, in which every hospital in the rebel-held east Aleppo has been damaged to the extent of putting them out of service (a statement confirmed by the World Health Organization), leaving more than 250,000 men, women, and children living in east Aleppo without access to health care. In light of this, the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA) reaffirms its firm stance against violations of International Humanitarian Law and attacks on health care workers, facilities, and systems.
11/26/2016

The Palestinian health care system in the besieged Gaza Strip is facing a “real disaster” due to the shortage of fuel supplies for generators that provide electricity for hospitals, a spokesman for the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza warned.
11/17/2016

Each of the eight hospitals in east Aleppo that were functioning before the siege have been hit, many of them multiple times, with 27 strikes on hospitals in four months.
11/15/2016

An air strike hit a hospital in the rebel-held Syrian village of Awaijel, west of Aleppo, killing at least one person in the early hours. This was one day after attacks on two other hospitals in the region.
11/02/2016

In this press release, coalition member International Council of Nurses (ICN) calls for increased protection of health workers through legislation, zero tolerance policies, security measure, education, and improved working environments.
10/28/2016

Where there is pain, you will always find healers. And those healers should not be targets for attacks in times of war or at peaceful protests. National Nurses United condemns reports of medics specifically targeted for arrest and attack in North Dakota.
10/25/2016

Insufficient numbers of doctors, nurses, and rescue workers struggle to save and treat the wounded. Only 30 doctors are left. A look at the destruction of the Syrian city.
10/24/2016

Despite aid convoys having reached 18 besieged and 164 hard-to-reach areas with 220 tons of medical and health supplies from January to August in Syria, it has not been enough and the health situation of the country continues to spiral downwards: children are not getting vaccines, pregnant women are not receiving proper care, the injured need more treatment, and 1 in 4 children are at risk of developing a mental disorder.
10/24/2016

Urgent measures are needed to address shortages of medicine and food in Venezuela, says coalition member Human Rights Watch in a new report.
10/21/2016

UN human rights official Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein stated that Syrian and Russian airstrikes against East Aleppo’s civilians are “war crimes” and “crimes against humanity,”. Russia has issued a “humanitarian pause” of fighting since Thursday to allow residents to flee East Aleppo, but many do not trust the declaration and are remaining put. An all-encompassing ceasefire has been called by the UNHCHR.

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