Attacks on Health Care
New data on attacks on health care
WHO data from 2016 show that attacks on health facilities, health workers and ambulances continue with alarming frequency. In 2016, there were 302 such attacks across 20 countries. These attacks have direct consequences for health service delivery, depriving people of often urgently needed care
WHO health worker killed in an attack in Torit County, former Eastern Equatoria State, South Sudan
10 February 2017, Juba, South Sudan – It is with sadness that WHO received the shocking news of one more of its employees Mr Louise Mokiri Avito, in Torit, former Eastern Equatoria State. This brings to three the number of WHO employees killed in less than one year as a result of the ongoing conflict in South Sudan.
Attacks depriving people of urgently needed health care
January 2017 -- How can the international community make conflict parties respect the rules of war? Jan Dirk Herbermann and Fiona Fleck report.
13 December 2016 – Conditions in Aleppo continue to deteriorate as thousands of people flee violence. The World Health Organization, alongside UN and other partners, is working to provide care in the midst of conflict and to assist internally displaced people (IDPs). The Organization strongly urges all parties to the conflict in Syria to abide by international humanitarian law and protect civilians trapped in the conflict. In particular, WHO demands that all patients and health workers, facilities and vehicles be protected from violence during times of conflict.
20 November 2016 -- More than 250,000 men, women, and children living in Eastern Aleppo are now without access to hospital care following attacks on the remaining hospitals over the last week. According to reports to WHO from the Organization’s partners in Syria, there are currently no hospitals functioning in the besieged area of the city.
16 November 2016 --WHO condemns the attacks on five hospitals that took place in Syria on 13–15 November 2016, including three hospitals in Western Rural Aleppo and two hospitals in Idleb. At least two people were reportedly killed as a result of the attacks and 19 people were wounded, including six medical staff. Shockingly, such attacks on health in Syria are increasing in both frequency and scale. Throughout 2016, WHO and partners have documented 126 such attacks across the country.
Attacks Q1 2017
Up to 38% of health workers suffer physical violence at some point in their careers.
Deaths Q1 2017
Injuries Q1 2017
Reports and statistics
Global health workforce
WHO steps up response in Aleppo and demands that health personnel be protected
Eastern Aleppo without any hospitals for more than 250,000 residents
WHO condemns massive attacks on five hospitals in Syria
WHO condemns reported attacks using ambulances as weapons targeting civilians in Tikrit and Samarra, Iraq
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