Attacks on Health Care

Health care workers and health facilities are frequently targeted in conflict zones with devastating consequences for civilians and access to health care. We monitor open sources for information on events that interfere with the delivery of health care and share this information with a wide range of actors who campaign for change or work on the ground.

Insecurity Insight monitors open sources to identify the latest information on attacks on healthcare. This information is shared once a month in our Monthly News Briefs.

Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition (SHCC)

Insecurity Insight supports the SHCC with data collection and data management for its annual report that collates information from open sources and organisations working on the ground. SHCC is made up of 40 health provider organizations, humanitarian groups, human rights organizations, NGOs, and academic programmes to take action to protect health workers and end attacks against them. The 2019 Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition Report Impunity Remains, is based on a total of 973 attacks on health in 23 countries in conflict. The event data is available for download or can be viewed as data visualization on on HDX.

Attacks on Ebola Response

Between September and November 2019, Insecurity Insight provides regular information alerts, practical recommendations and trend analysis and risk management around the attacks on the Ebola response in the DRC. This project is funded by the H2H Fund and is supported by UK aid from the UK government’. The H2H Network facilitates high-quality, collaborative and integrated services for humanitarian response.    

Impact of Attacks on Health Care

Insecurity Insight works with the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute at the University of Manchester, UK, on the Researching the Impact of Attacks on Healthcare (RIAH) project. The aim of the research is to improve the understanding of the nature, frequency, scale, and impact of attacks on healthcare in conflict through improved data collection and analysis.

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