The World Health Organization (WHO) has called for an end to attacks on healthcare workers caught up in armed conflict around the world.
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There were 302 reported attacks on healthcare workers worldwide in 2016 which killed 418 people.
WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on World Humanitarian Day called for an end to attacks on healthcare facilities in conflict zones. In Yemen alone, 2,000 people had died of cholera since April. Most would have survived if they had obtained treatment, Dr Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.
“These people are working around the clock. They struggle to find the medical supplies they need. Often there is no water or electricity. They work long days and nights. And many have not been paid in almost a year. On top of that, they run the risk of being targeted or attacked – simply because of the job they are doing.”
“Every hospital destroyed and every medical worker killed wipes out years of investment and takes vital health services away from the people who need them most.”