New Report from the ICRC on Attacks against Medical Personnel

Created on Monday, 04 May 2015

The ICRC has published a new report analysing incidents of violence against healthcare professionals. The data in the report is based on various sources from 11 countries and was collected between January 2012 and December 2014. The objective of the report is to study and identify the main types of acts and threats of violence against healthcare in emergencies and their effects on people, healthcare facilities and medical transports.

The findings of the report highlight the main patterns of violence against both the sick, as well as healthcare personnel and facilities. According to the report, more than 4,200 people have been victims of violence against healthcare. Over 50% of attacks have taken place around, inside or targeted at healthcare facilities. Additionally, more than 700 medical transports have been affected by attacks, either directly or indirectly.

The data contained in the report can be used by decision-makers to make better decisions regarding their operational and disaster response strategies in order to prevent further attacks against medical personnel and patients. More information is available here.