SHCC Attacks on Healthcare Dataset

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The Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition found that attacks on health care occurred in 23 countries in conflict in 2017. The sheer number of countries and the intensity of attacks on health facilities, health workers, ambulances, and patients are staggering.

Attacks on health care include any act of verbal or physical violence, obstruction, or threat of violence that interferes with the availability, access, and delivery of curative and/or preventive health services.

The data has been collected from a wide variety of sources. These include incidents reported in the Safeguarding Healthcare Monthly News Briefs and reported by Aid in Danger partner agencies using the Security in Numbers Database (SiND); incident reports supplied to the SHCC by Médecins Sans Frontières, the Syrian American Medical Society and the World Health Organisation; reports from other UN agencies, including the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights; independent NGOs; and media reports.

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Source Insecurity Insight
Contributor
Date of Dataset Jan 01, 2017 - Dec 31, 2017
Expected Update Frequency Every year
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Attacks on health care can include bombings, explosions, looting, robbery, hijacking, shooting, gunfire, forced closure of facilities, violent search of facilities, fire, arson, military use, military takeover, chemical attack, cyberattack, abduction of health care workers, denial or delay of health services, assault, forcing staff to act against their ethics, execution, torture, violent demonstrations, administrative harassment, obstruction, sexual violence, psychological violence, and threat of violence.

The data has been collected from a wide variety of sources. These include incidents reported in the Safeguarding Healthcare Monthly News Briefs and reported by Aid in Danger partner agencies using the Security in Numbers Database (SiND); incident reports supplied to the SHCC by Médecins Sans Frontières, the Syrian American Medical Society and the World Health Organisation; reports from other UN agencies, including the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights; independent NGOs; and media reports.

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Not representative or a comprehensive compilation of all events in which healthcare was affected in 2017. Data collection is ongoing and data may change as more information is made available. Where the number of staff, facilities or ambulances affected is unspecified, one is counted.

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