Alliance member Merlin puts security for health workers at the heart of its work

Merlin’s campaign team raise public awareness of the impact of conflict on health workers’
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Merlin’s campaign team raise public awareness of the impact of conflict on health workers’

Alliance member Merlin celebrated Peace Day on 21 September with the launch of a new campaign paper entitled "A grave new world". As part of the "Hands Up for Health Workers" campaign, this new paper explores the impact of conflict on health workers, and their central role in achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

The "Hands Up for Health Workers" campaign attracted some 12'000 signatures of people around the world who put their weight behind Merlin's call for urgent reallocation of aid to health workers in crisis countries. The petition was handed to world leaders on 21 September at the ongoing UN MDG Summit in New York.

"It's never been more dangerous to be a health worker. In the world's most volatile countries, they are being raped, robbed, shot and tortured just trying to do their job. Yet global health targets hinge on health workers on the frontline. Merlin's campaign tells their stories and urges world leaders to put health workers at the heart of the MDGs. Without urgent commitment and action from the United Nations now millions of people will continue to die needlessly" said Sally Clarke, Merlin's Campaign Manager.

On Peace Day, a day of non-violence and ceasefire, Merlin called and rallied for people to come together to demand that health workers are protected and thousands more are trained. Merlin's campaign team took to the streets of London dressed in white doctor’s coats, stencilling images and messages on pavements as well as handing out campaign leaflets.

To find out more about Merlin's campaigns and how you can help health workers in crisis and conflict countries, visit the campaign web site.

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