Attacks on health care violate international humanitarian law. Using open source intelligence methods and contributions from aid agency partners, Insecurity Insight monitors such attacks.
Updates are available in the Monthly News Briefs and data is accessible on the Humanitarian Data Exchange (HDX). Incidents can also be viewed on our interactive map for global attacks on health care and the map for Ukraine covering incidents since Russia’s full-scale invasion in February 2022. Our wider work is outlined below.
Ignoring Red Lines: Violence Against Health Care in Conflict: The 2022 Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition report documents almost 2,000 incidents of violence against or obstruction of access to health care in conflicts across 32 countries and territories based on data collected and analysed by Insecurity Insight. The figure marks a 45% increase compared with 2021 and the highest this decade. The report is accessible here.
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. This aims to improve understandings of the nature, frequency, scale, and impact of attacks on health care in conflict.
Risk Management Measures: The security incident information management (SIIM) portal, an Insecurity Insight project, provides guidance and tools for aid organisations – including those involved in the provision of health care in conflict environments – to improve understandings and approaches to SIIM.