In violent contexts like Syria, frontline health workers face wrenching ethical decisions. When a hospital is bombed, leaders have to decide whether to move to a safer location—possibly decreasing access to care in the area. Heightening the ethical challenge, local…
Friday, Cameroonian epidemiologist Richard Valery Mouzoko Kiboung was killed in an attack on Butembo University Hospital in the Democratic Republic of the Congo that also injured 2 others, the WHO reports.
In the face of persistent violence against hospitals, medical personnel and patients, 3 years ago the UN Security Council adopted a resolution reaffirming long-held norms of respecting and protecting health care in conflict and calling for concrete steps on prevention and…
Attacks on health care have hit 2 conflict-ridden regions this week.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Butembo Ebola Treatment Center—closed after a violent attack last Wednesday—reopened Saturday, under the management of the country’s health ministry, the WHO, and UNICEF, according to the ministry’s latest situation report.
DRC’s Ebola outbreak has expanded, killing a patient in the 1-million person trade hub of Butembo. Cases are also mounting in Beni, that patient’s hometown, where violent attacks against medical staff and care facilities have raised further concern, CIDRAP reports.
Attacks on healthcare services are a cruel reality of today's violent conflicts.
Despite a 2016 UN Resolution protecting health professionals from attacks and threats, modern anti-terror laws in many states are misused to cast healthcare as a form of support to the enemy, leaving providers vulnerable to prosecution.
A 21-year-old paramedic was killed Friday, shot in the back by Israeli forces while trying to reach injured demonstrators near Israel's perimeter fence.
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.