Unsafe Generation: Medical Students in Conflict Zones

One key group has been left out of most efforts to track attacks on healthcare: those training to be doctors.
Proper medical education is a core requirement for strong and resilient health systems. However, the safety of health students, professionals and health facilities during conflict had not been addressed specifically—until the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA) explored the problem in its report, Attacks on Medical Education.

Covers attacks on medical education in Libya, Palestine, Ukraine, Sudan, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen, the authors examine the impact of violence on medical education, including education facilities, teaching hospitals, libraries, professors, and medical students.
Barriers to access, such as difficulties obtaining hospital training permits, constitute most of the attacks, rather than targeted strikes. But more than half of medical schools in Libya, Palestine, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen were forced to pause their operations during conflicts due to physical attacks or threats.
Marian Sedlak and Batool Alwahdani for Global Health NOW

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