Aid institutions and governments have been caught flat-footed in the fight against Nigeria’s Islamist extremist group, Boko Haram. The result: Devastating famine now threatens millions. Displacement and isolation have pushed more than 3 million people to the brink of…

Conditions in East Aleppo are worse than outsiders can imagine, writes Abu Khalid, an orthopedic surgeon and director of an MSF-supported hospital there. Supplies and food are scarce, and Khalid says doctors have been forced to make difficult decisions about which patients…

Even hospitals tucked deep inside mountain bunkers cannot escape the powerful “bunker-buster” bombs being used by Russian and Syrian government forces.  

Sudanese government forces have deployed chemical weapons against civilians—and children bear the brunt of the attacks that amount to war crimes, according to a new Amnesty International report.   At least 30 suspected attacks in a remote region of Darfur called Jebel Marra…

Today, the UN Security Council meets to discuss ways to protect health workers in conflict—and its credibility rides on the results, writes Leonard S. Rubenstein, director of the Program on Human Rights, Health and Conflict at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public…

This article was originally published by the International Peace Institute. In May the UN Security Council adopted a wide-ranging resolution designed to protect health care in conflict. On September 28, under New Zealand’s leadership, it will have a briefing and…

Russian and Syrian forces escalated attacks on the besieged city of Aleppo, Syria over the weekend, overwhelming medical facilities and aid agencies and taking a devastating toll on children.  

Through the NGO Road to Recovery, 500 Israeli volunteers regularly transport sick Palestinians to Israeli hospitals for lifesaving treatments. Palestinian patients badly need the ad-hoc and totally free arrangement because entering Israel from the West Bank or Gaza Strip…

An airstrike that hit a clinic in a village near Aleppo killed 4 medical workers and critically injured a nurse who were in 2 ambulances called to take patients for specialized treatment.   This latest atrocity happened not far from where an attack on aid trucks and a…

A recent study in the scientific journal Environmental Monitoring and Assessment suggests that lead particles in air pollution created by explosions and the burning of military waste may be behind rising incidences of birth defects and cancers in Iraq. The study revealed…