Attacks on health workers in conflict areas should be documented for advocacy purposes, conference hears

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 04 December 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f7259
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. 1London

Routine medical services must be maintained during conflict situations, Margaret Mungherera, president of the World Medical Association, has said.

Mungherera, a psychiatrist in Uganda, told a conference on healthcare in dangerous situations organised in London by the International Committee of the Red Cross that one of the most important factors for a country’s recovery after a conflict was the maintenance of routine medical services such as primary healthcare and maternal healthcare.

“In Uganda the routine health services have been so disrupted that we are still struggling even 10 years after the conflict has ended,” she said.

“You can see the difference between areas where there was armed conflict and areas where there wasn’t. Family planning services and …

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