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Have attacks on healthcare become the new normal ? A public health call to action for armed conflicts before it is too late

Published inConflict and health, vol. 17, no. 1, 56
Errata
  • Erratum in : Blanchet K, Rubenstein L, Taithe B, Fast L. Correction: Have attacks on healthcare become the new normal? A public health call to action for armed conflicts before it is too late. Confl Health. 2024 Jan 30;18(1):11. doi: 10.1186/s13031-023-00564-3.
  • DOI : 10.1186/s13031-023-00564-3
  • PMID : 38287359
Publication date2023-12-06
First online date2023-12-06
Abstract

The scale of attacks on healthcare has become more visible and its impact greater in recent armed conflicts in Ukraine, Sudan and Myanmar. In these conflicts, combatants systematically target health facilities and ambulances. We need to ensure that attacks on healthcare do not become the new norm amongst governmental troops and non-State armed groups. There is limited evidence about why and how attacks on healthcare have become “normal” practice amongst many combatants, despite the likely tactical and strategic costs to themselves. We are convinced that the problem now needs to be tackled like any other public health issue by assessing: the scale of the problem; who is the most at risk; identifying risk factors; developing new interventions to prevent the risks or address the issue; and evaluating the effectiveness of these interventions.

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Keywords
  • Ambulance
  • Attacks
  • Conflict
  • Health professionals
  • Hospitals
  • International humanitarian law
  • Threat
  • Violence
  • War
Citation (ISO format)
BLANCHET, Karl et al. Have attacks on healthcare become the new normal ? A public health call to action for armed conflicts before it is too late. In: Conflict and health, 2023, vol. 17, n° 1, p. 56. doi: 10.1186/s13031-023-00555-4
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ISSN of the journal1752-1505
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