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Attacks on healthcare professionals risk health of millions, says Red Cross

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 10 August 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d5118
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

Attacks on medical staff, facilities, and vehicles during the course of violent conflicts pose a serious threat for millions of sick people who as a result can’t access medical care, says a new report by the International Committee of the Red Cross.

The report, which looks at the effects of conflict on the delivery of healthcare in 16 countries around the world, concludes that this is one of the most crucial yet overlooked humanitarian concerns.

“[These attacks] provoke far-reaching secondary consequences as healthcare professionals flee their posts, hospitals close, and vaccination campaigns come to a halt. These knock-on effects leave entire communities without access to adequate …

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