Attacks on Health Care
19 September 2017 - Multiple reported attacks on health facilities and personnel today in the Syrian Arab Republic have killed and injured health workers and disrupted health services for thousands of people. According to WHO local partners, several ambulances and hospitals in Idlib province were reportedly hit by airstrikes within a few hours. All three hospitals in Kafr Nabl, Khan Sheikhoun and Heish sub-districts are no longer in service.
Health workers are not a target.
August 2017 - Last year 418 people died because health facilities were attacked. The impact of this kind of an attack is felt from families to communities and entire health systems. Every hospital destroyed and every health worker killed or injured takes years of health services away from the people who need them most. Stop attacks on health care.
World Humanitarian Day
August 2017– This World Humanitarian Day, we come together in solidarity with the millions of people caught in armed conflict. Civilians and health workers are #NotATarget. Even as humanitarian workers deliver aid, and health workers treat the wounded and sick, they are directly targeted, treated as threats, and unlawfully prevented from bringing relief and care to those in desperate need.
Even one attack on health care is too many
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 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.
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Reports and statistics
Stories from countries
World Humanitarian Day
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
WHO: Stop the attacks on health care
In November, 2016, hospital destruction in eastern Aleppo deprived 250 000 people of access to health care. By December, 2016, 46% of hospitals in the country were reported to be damaged.