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"IMPUNITY REMAINS: ATTACKS ON HEALTH CARE IN 23 COUNTRIES IN CONFLICT" annual report from the safeguarding health in conflict coalition

The Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition’s Sixth Annual Report Social Media Guide

The Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition’s new report, Impunity Remains: Attacks on Health Care in 23 Countries in Conflict in 2018, documents hundreds of attacks on health care in 23 countries in conflict. The report will be released on May 15, 2019. Please help use share the report with your networks.

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KEY HASHTAGS:

  • #NotATarget
  • #HealthWorkersCount
  • #UNSCR2286
  • #HealthWorkers
  • #SafeguardHealth

In Geneva?

Come and hear Carol Bales of IntraHealth International present report findings at the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists' event "Surgery and Anaesthesia: Conflict, Poverty and Development." Geneva. Monday, 20 May 2019, 17:00 – 19:30 CEST. Humanitarium, International Committee of the Red Cross, 17 Avenue de la paix 1202, Geneva, Switzerland.

In New York?

Come and hear the Coalition's Chair Leonard Rubenstein present at the International Peace Institute's event "Finding the Road to Implementing Security Council Resolution 2286." New York City. Friday, May 24, 2019, 8:30-10:00am ET. Trygve Lie Center for Peace, Security & Development, 777 United Nations Plaza, 12th Floor.

Suggested Tweets Before Release:

Prior to Wednesday May 15:

  • .@SafeguardingHC’s 6th annual report on the continued violence against #HealthCare will be released on 5/15. #NotATarget! #UNSCR2286: We must #SafeguardHealth!
  • In 2018 there were nearly 1,000 attacks against #HealthCare in 23 countries in conflict around the world. @SafeguardingHC report out on 5/15 documents these atrocities. #NotATarget
  • Upcoming report: @SafeguardingHC due to release findings on attacks on #HealthWorkers across 23 countries on 5/15 #NotATarget #HealthWorkersCount
  • “There must be consequences for those who breach the norms and international law,” says @SafeguardingHC Chair @lenrubenstein in article from @ghn_news highlighting new report out 5/15. #SafeguardHealth #NotATarget. https://www.globalhealthnow.org/2019-03/overdue-action-needed-stop-attacks-health-care
  • How can we reach #UHC when over half of health facilities in some countries in conflict are non functioning? Before the UN #HLM on #UHC, be sure to read @SafeguardingHC new report out 5/15 on attacks on health. #SafeguardHealth #NotATarget #HealthForAll
  • #UNSCR2286 passed 3 yrs ago, yet there was documented violence against #HealthCare in 23 countries in 2018. @SafeguardingHC new report out 5/15 #NotATarget #SafeguardHealth
  • RT: https://twitter.com/SafeguardingHC/status/1112737432250826752. @SafeguardingHC Chair @lenrubenstein testified to the #UNSC on the prevalence of attacks on health in conflict. Don’t miss Coalition’s upcoming report on 5/15! #SafeguardHealth #NotATarget

Suggested Tweets For Release:

Report release May 15 :

  • NEW REPORT: Impunity Remains: Attacks on Health Care in 23 Countries in Conflict in 2018 by @SafeguardingHC out now! #NotATarget #SafeguardHealth. http://bit.ly/2Hem2vV
  • Press Release: Impunity Remains: Attacks on Health Care in 23 Countries in Conflict in 2018 by @Safeguarding HC out now. #NotATarget #SafeguardHealth. See press release here. https://www.safeguardinghealth.org/press-release-2018-year-dangerous-attacks-health-workers-facilities
  • We need action not words! Despite Res 2286, @SafeguardingHC report details at least 167 health workers were killed in countries in conflict in 2018. #SafeguardHealth #NotATarget #UNSCR2286. http://bit.ly/2Hem2vV
  • New @SafeguardingHC report shows nearly 1000 attacks against #HealthCare in 23 countries in 2018. Read the report here and discover the impact that violence is having on health services. #NotATarget. http://bit.ly/2Hem2vV
  • New @SafeguardingHC report details repeated attacks on hospitals in #Libya & #Syria, health workers shot by sniper in the #oPt, #Ebola containment efforts delayed in the #DRC & health workers killed in double tap strikes in #Yemen. #SafeguardHealth #NotATarget. http://bit.ly/2Hem2vV
Image courtesy of Medical Aid for Palestinians

Country Specific Tweets:

  • In #Afghanistan there were at least 98 attacks on health in 2018, with 19 health workers killed & 25 injured. One attack grossly misused an ambulance, hiding a bomb inside & killing at least 95 people. #SafeguardHealth. http://bit.ly/2Hem2vV
  • There were at least 47 attacks on health in the Central African Republic in 2018. New report from @SafeguardingHC reveals that at least 7 health facilities were damaged or destroyed in the #CAR. #SafeguardHealth! http://bit.ly/2Hem2vV
  • “They forced me to leave the hospital and began to destroy the maternity pavilion. Then they set fire to the whole hospital.” @SafeguardingHC reports that there was an increase in reported violence on health in #Cameroon from previous year. #SafeguardHealth #NotATarget. http://bit.ly/2Hem2vV
  • Violence has continued to damage efforts to contain the #Ebola outbreak in the #DRC. In 2018, @SafeguardingHC documented 24 attacks on health across the country. #SafeguardHealth #NotATarget. http://bit.ly/2Hem2vV
  • Unspeakable violence on health took place in the oPt in 2018. In #Gaza alone, over 500 health workers were injured & 3 health workers were killed. We must #SafeguardHealth! Health workers are #NotATarget. http://bit.ly/2Hem2vV
  • In 2018 in #Libya, Al-Jala hospital in Benghazi was attacked 4 times. @WHO warned this could lead to the closure of this crucial facility. New report from @SafeguardingHC out now! #SafeguardHealth #NotATarget. http://bit.ly/2Hem2vV
  • How many is too many? @SafeguardingHC recorded 16 attacks on health in #Mali. During these attacks 1 health worker was killed, 3 were kidnapped and 4 were assaulted. We must #SafeguardHealth! #HealthWorkersCount and are #NotATarget. http://bit.ly/2Hem2vV
  • In #Nigeria, at least 21 health workers were kidnapped in 2018. @SafeguardingHC report reveals that nearly ½ of all incidents in Nigeria resulted in a health worker being kidnapped. Health workers are #NotATarget. http://bit.ly/2Hem2vV
  • In #SouthSudan in 2018 there were at least 8 attacks on health care involving firearms. All of these attacks resulted in the killing of at least 1 health worker or guard. Guns & health should not mix. #SafeguardHealth! http://bit.ly/2Hem2vV
  • In 2018 there were more than 120 aerial and surface launched attacks on hospitals in #Syria. Some were struck multiple times. We cannot allow impunity to reign! #SafeguardHealth #NotATarget http://bit.ly/2Hem2vV
  • In #Yemen, perpetrators bombed and destroyed a patient ward of an MSF cholera ward despite being clearly marked as a medical facility. Just 1 of 23 countries in @SafeguardingHC’s new report. http://bit.ly/2Hem2vV

Recommendations:

For parties to conflict we recommend:

TWEET: Parties to conflict must act to protect #HealthWorkers. Here are @SafeguardingHC's recommendations to #SafeguardHealth. http://bit.ly/2Hem2vV

For the UN Security Council we recommend:

TWEET: The #UNSC must act to protect #HealthWorkers. Here are @SafeguardingHC's recommendations to #SafeguardHealth. http://bit.ly/2Hem2vV

For the UN Secretary General we recommend:

TWEET: The #UN Sec Gen must act to protect #HealthWorkers. Here are @SafeguardingHC's recommendations to #SafeguardHealth. http://bit.ly/2Hem2vV

For UN Member States we recommend:

TWEET: #UN Member States must act to protect #HealthWorkers. Here are @SafeguardingHC's recommendations to #SafeguardHealth. http://bit.ly/2Hem2vV

For the World Health Organization we recommend:

TWEET: The @WHO must act to protect #HealthWorkers. Here are @SafeguardingHC's recommendations to #SafeguardHealth. http://bit.ly/2Hem2vV

Quotes From Spokespeople:

“The UN and governments claim to be committed to stopping attacks and ensuring accountability. But we are seeing again widespread impunity by state militaries and armed groups, the targeting of health workers and the health of millions of people at risk.” Leonard Rubenstein, chair of the Coalition and senior scientist at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Johns Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health.
  • Tweet: “We are seeing again widespread impunity by state militaries and armed groups, the targeting of health workers and the health of millions of people at risk.” Says @SafeguardingHC chair @lenrubenstein. New report out now http://bit.ly/2Hem2vV
“Attacks on health facilities and health workers not only cause immediate damage and loss of life but also impede access to essential health services for vulnerable people around the world, jeopardizing universal health coverage and global health security. We need to do more to ensure health workers are safe and able to improve and save lives.” Carol Bales, advocacy and policy manager at IntraHealth International.
  • Tweet: “Attacks on health facilities and health workers not only cause immediate damage and loss of life but also impede access to essential health services for vulnerable people around the world, jeopardizing #UHC & #GHS.” Says Carol Bales of @IntraHealth http://bit.ly/2Hem2vV
“More than 900 documented attacks on health care is particularly alarming because it does not cover the full extent of the problem. Underreporting means that the number of attacks in 2018 is likely much higher than the report reflects. Each attack has consequences for the delivery of health care and the number of attacks does not quantify the impact of death and destruction on the broader health outcomes for affected communities.” Christina Wille, director of Insecurity Insight.
  • Tweet: “More than 900 documented attacks on health care is particularly alarming because it does not cover the full extent of the problem. Underreporting means that the number of attacks in 2018 is likely much higher than the report reflects.” Says Christina Wille of @InsecurityInsig. http://bit.ly/2Hem2vV
“Attacks on health care workers and facilities are egregious violations of international humanitarian law and they are war crimes, sometimes rising to the level of crimes against humanity. In the three years since the UN passed Resolution 2286 to protect health in conflict, attacks on health facilities and health personnel have continued with utter impunity. It’s high time for the international community to demand accountability for these heinous crimes.” Susannah Sirkin, director of policy at Physicians for Human Rights.
  • Tweet: “Since #UNSCR2286 passed, attacks on health facilities and health personnel have continued with utter impunity. It’s high time for the international community to demand accountability for these heinous crimes.” Says Susannah Sirkin, of @P4HR. http://bit.ly/2Hem2vV

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Open Source Data:

Our data is available open with the Humanitarian Data Exchange (HDX). The HDX is an open platform for sharing data across crises and organisations. Launched in July 2014, the goal of HDX is to make humanitarian data easy to find and use for analysis. The growing collection of datasets has been accessed by users in over 200 countries and territories. HDX is managed by UN OCHA's Centre for Humanitarian Data, which is located in The Hague. OCHA is part of the United Nations Secretariat and is responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies.

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