The UN is investigating claims that Russian and Syrian forces used location information on humanitarian sites to bomb hospitals and civilian facilities, The Washington Post reports.

Suicide is on the rise among Yazidis struggling to cope with the unspeakable trauma inflicted at the hands of the Islamic State, who descended on their people some 5 years ago, killing and enslaving thousands.    Since April, Médecins Sans Frontières has recorded 20…

Planned Parenthood ousted president Leana Wen yesterday after just 8 months on the job amid clashes relating to her management style and the direction of the organization.   The move comes as America’s largest reproductive rights group stands to lose $60 million a year in…

Political violence following the collapse of Omar al-Bashir's regime in April 2019 is straining Sudan’s fragile health and emergency services. But Sudan has the resources and leaders, including experienced medical professionals needed to strengthen the system, says a group…

Amnesty International called on the UN to investigate the deaths of thousands in the Philippines under President Duterte’s “war on drugs,” saying in a report released today the killings of mostly poor people amount to crimes against humanity.  

Previous counts greatly underestimated those living in conflict zones who suffer from mental disorders, new WHO estimates published in The Lancet reveal.   More than 1 in 5 live with some form of mental disorder, from mild depression to psychosis; nearly 1 in 10 have a…

After the tenuous declaration of victory against ISIS, the fallout is only just beginning for child soldiers recruited for the cause, reports Kimberly Dozier. Before the caliphate’s collapse, an estimated 40,000 people left home to join up; others have been indoctrinated…

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…

There’s a saying: “Statistics are human beings with the tears dried off. As somebody who is responsible for building empathy for people forced to flee their homes, I really don’t like statistics,” Melissa Fleming, chief spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees…

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…