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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.
Cover of Impunity Must End

New report from the Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition shows the extent and intensity of violence against health workers globally remains alarmingly high and calls on the UN Security Council and countries to take concrete steps toward preventing attacks and ending impunity.

There was a “staggering” — yet ultimately unknown — number of violent attacks on health care workers, patients and facilities in 2016, stretching across at least 23 countries in conflict or states of political unrest, a new report has found.

According to coalition members MAP and Physicians for Human Rights – Israel, more than a third of all patients applying to leave Gaza for treatment elsewhere in the oPt or abroad last year were denied or did not receive an answer in time for their appointment.

Coalition member Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) is deeply alarmed by reports of systematic targeting of hospitals and medical infrastructure in Dara’a, Syria.
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Coalition member Save the Children gave a statement supported by the coalition at the 140th session of the WHO Executive Board, encouraging the WHO to finalize its methods to collect data on attacks on health care, and stressing the importance of disseminating the data to Member States.

Coalition member Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) joins medical colleagues around the world in urging the Russian medical community to demand that its government ease the health care crisis in Syria. Health care continues to be used as a weapon of war: PHR has documented the deaths of 757 health workers and 382 attacks on medical facilities throughout the conflict.

The humanitarian crisis in eastern Aleppo is tragic but not unimaginable or surprising—it is the result of years of inaction by the international community, writes Physicians for Human Rights researcher Elise Baker.

Physicians for Human Rights-Israel reports on the increasing number of attacks against personnel and transport teams by Israeli Army and Border Police in Israel and Palestine and the Israeli authorities dismissal or delay in investigating these occurrences.