Attacks on Health Care in Pakistan in 2022
The Pakistan country chapter of the Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition annual report – Ignoring Red Lines: Violence Against Health Care in Conflict – reveals that in 2022, there were at least 16 incidents of violence against or obstruction of health care in Pakistan, an increase from seven in 2021. Almost 90% of the incidents reported in 2022 involved threats and violence against polio vaccination workers. It should be acknowledged, however, that the reported figures are likely lower than the actual number of incidents which occurred. There are indications that health workers participating in vaccination campaigns regularly experience violence and threats against them whilst conducting their work without such threats being reported. The full country chapter is accessible here.