Attacks on Health Care

Health care workers and health facilities are frequently targeted in conflict zones. We monitor open sources for a wide range of events that interfere with the delivery of health care. We compile the data for the Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition report.

The 2019 Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition Report Impunity Remains documented a total of 973 attacks on health in 23 countries in conflict.

Insecurity Insight collated the data for the report from multiple sources, including our own open-source monitoring.

Visit our report launch website about the report.

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The Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition is made up of 40 health provider organizations, humanitarian groups, human rights organizations, NGOs, and academic programs to take action to protect health workers and end attacks against them. 

In May 2016, the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 2286, which set out a road map to protecting healthcare in conflict; but attacks on health workers and facilities continue to occur with devastating consequences for people in affected areas.

We monitor open-source reports on attacks on health care and work with a wide range of partners to support awareness and policy change for better protection of health care. We are part of a consortium that researches the impact of attacks on health care at the University of Manchester.

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