It takes a brave heart to nurse in a war torn country

Health workers are being targeted on unprecedented levels. We need to take action now to stop this says Howard Catton.
Howard Catton

Nurses and health workers are being targeted for attack on unprecedented levels. We need to take action now to stop this

As I write, Syrian peace talks are taking place in Geneva. Like many of you, I have been deeply moved by the heart-wrenching images of attacks on civilian areas, but also angered by the continued targeting of medical facilities.

Despite a United Nations Security Council resolution in May strongly condemning such attacks, there were 43 in July alone. According to a recent World Health Organization report, 256 attacks were directed at medical services and staff in 19 countries last year, killing 434 people, including health workers and patients.

As well as being a clear violation of international law protecting health care facilities, this deters civilians from seeking assistance. It can also result in organisations such as Médecins Sans Frontières having to pull out, as was


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