WHO calls for protection of health workers in conflict zones

The World Health Organization is calling on governments to ensure the protection of health workers and health facilities in conflict situations to enable them provide care for the sick and the injured.

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Speaking at the opening of the annual World Health Assembly in Geneva, WHO Director General Dr. Margaret Chan said she was distressed by recent attacks on health workers and facilities in some of the countries experiencing political unrest.

Dr. Chan said the growing number of women and children who are victims of armed conflict was also disturbing and called for an end to sexual aggression against women and children.

“We are barely halfway through this year. And we have already seen an unprecedented cascade of calamities, catastrophes, and humanitarian crises. We are seeing waves of protests and social unrest, where again civilians are being affected, often under conditions that have made humanitarian aid, including medical care for the wounded, extremely difficult.”

The World Health Assembly brings together WHO member states to review the activities of the organization and set new priorities for the future.

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