Impunity Remains

We documented 973 attacks on health workers, health facilities, health transports, and patients in 23 countries in conflict around the world in 2018. Attacks on health care violate international humanitarian law and the Geneva Conventions to protect and respect health care in conflict.


The report Impunity Remains by the Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition focuses on attacks on health care in 23 countries in conflict in 2018.

The reports documents 973 attacks on health workers, health facilities, health transports, and patients.

At least 167 health workers died and at least 710 were injured.

Read the report: English, Arabic and French

The differences in the types of documented attacks can be seen in the data visualization on HDX.

Insecurity Insight collated the data on attacks on health workers and facilities, patients, and ambulances in 2018 for the Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition’s (SHCC) 2019 report,

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. 

The coalition promotes the security of health workers and services threatened by war or civil unrest; strengthen universal norms of respect for the right to health; demand accountability for perpetrators; and empower providers and civil society groups to be champions for their right to health.

The report documents a marked increase in the number of documented attacks compared to 2017, when the Coalition reported 701 such instances.  Yet, we believe that this is still an under reporting of the true scale.

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