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At least 167 healthcare workers were killed in conflict last year

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: (Published 15 May 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l2205
  1. Elisabeth Mahase
  1. The BMJ

Over 900 recorded attacks were carried out on healthcare facilities, personnel, and patients in 23 countries in conflict last year, a significant rise on the 701 instances reported in 2017.1

The figures are included the Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition 2018 report, which brings together data from bodies such as the World Health Organization and the UN.

The report found that at least 167 health workers died and at least 710 were injured in 2018. Healthcare in the Palestinian occupied territories was the worst affected with a total of 308 attacks, closely followed by Syria (257 attacks). Afghanistan, the Central African Republic, and Libya …

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