As Health Workers Die, the World Looks Away

Nearly 700 health workers were killed and thousands more were attacked between 2016 and 2020, according to a Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition report released this morning.   
COVID-19 Connection: Most attacks occurred in conflict zones, but the pandemic led to attacks against health care workers in the US, UK, India, and other countries.


  • 681 health workers killed

  • 1,524 health workers injured

  • 4,094 reported attacks and threats against health care in conflict

  • 401 health workers kidnapped

Background: UN Security Council Resolution 2286 adopted in May 2016 to prevent violence against health care hasn’t provided the protection it intended. Security Council and UN member states’ efforts have been an “abject failure,” according to SHCC.

The Quote: “The absence of follow-through on the commitments made by Member States shows that to date they have offered only rhetorical support for Resolution 2286 and the obligation to protect health care,” said Johns Hopkins’ Leonard Rubenstein, SHCC founder and chair.

More: Interactive map of attacks on health workers

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