Effect of Violence on Healthcare

Deliberate, calculated attacks on healthcare facilities have become a routine weapon of war. These assaults kill both patients and health workers, and they devastate already vulnerable health systems. Not to mention they violate the Geneva Conventions.

In 2017, there were at least 701 attacks on hospitals, health workers, patients, and ambulances in 23 countries in conflict around the world. More than 101 health workers and 293 patients and others are reported to have died as a result of these attacks. The 2017 report, compiled by the Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition, only includes events that occurred in the context of armed conflicts or situations of severe political volatility.
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