Attacks on health care killed nearly 400 patients and health workers in 2017 across 23 countries—and that’s likely a vast underestimate, found the latest report by the Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition.
The 2017 findings are based on a wider variety of data than previous years and paint a grimmer picture. At least 701 attacks occurred, spurred by disregard for longstanding norms to protect health services amid conflict.
Syria continues to bear the brunt of it—but 2 attacks in the DRC and Nigeria were among the deadliest, yet received little attention. In Pakistan, government efforts to protect health workers coincided with a major decline in killings of polio vaccinators.