Health Workers: Targeted and Killed

More than 700 health care workers were killed and 2,000 wounded from 2018 through 2020, according to a WHO report released yesterday.
Using WHO’s Surveillance System for Attacks on Health Care, researchers documented attacks on health workers, patients, and facilities across 17 countries considered “emergency affected” and “fragile settings,” according to a UN news release

  • 1 in 6 attacks led to the death of a patient or health worker.
  • Health workers were affected in two-thirds of attacks in 2018 and 2019; and 50% of attacks in 2020.
  • Countries at risk included Ethiopia, Yemen, Syria, Nigeria, Myanmar, Somalia, and others, africanews reports.

In Pakistan: While polio campaigns have improved vaccination coverage, they have come at a steep price, DAWN reports. 40 health workers and 15 policemen have been killed in Pakistan since 2012 when polio teams were first targeted.
On Monday, a police officer with a polio team was killed in northwestern Pakistan—the third such attack in 2 days, The Hindu reports.

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