Statement on protection of health care in complex humanitarian emergencies

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This 12 months marks the 9th anniversary of the World Well being Meeting Decision 65.20 (2012) in relation to the safety of well being care in advanced humanitarian emergencies.

With deep remorse, we be aware that violence towards well being care personnel and assaults on well being care proceed to be reported, together with incidents linked to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic the world over.

Through the COVID-19 pandemic, greater than ever, defending the well being, welfare and lives of well being care staff on the frontline is vital to enabling a greater response.

WHO will proceed to broaden and refine its coordinated efforts to gather information on the incidence and kinds of assaults on well being care, together with within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, in all advanced humanitarian emergencies.  By so doing we’ll additional advance our understanding of the scope and nature of the issue in numerous contexts and higher inform the design of  mechanisms to stop and reply to the assaults.

WHO additionally takes this chance to underscore that every one events in armed conflicts should keep away from militarizing well being care amenities and well being transportation together with ambulances and different kinds of cellular medical items. Such acts are completely unacceptable. They undermine the important humanitarian work being undertaken and irresponsibly enhance the danger of exposing sufferers and well being care staff to potential assaults.

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