Health workers and patients suffered an alarming 1,200 violent attacks in 2019, and COVID-19 is adding even more fuel to the fire for 2020, according to the Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition’s annual report released yesterday.
At least 150 health workers were killed, 90 were kidnapped, and at least 500 more were injured in 20 conflict-affected countries including Libya, Syria, Yemen, and Burkina Faso in 2019.
The coalition also counts 265 attacks on COVID-19-related health care between January and May of this year—including violent responses to testing and quarantine measures.
Len Rubenstein, the coalition's chair and a Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health professor, told The Telegraph: "As the reporting gets better we see how vast the problem is. There has been no accountability over the years for these attacks, and so, with impunity, these attacks continue."