This ICRC report, via ReliefWeb, is all too timely on a day when MSF is reportedly under attack while trying to help Ebola patients: Health care in danger - Violent incidents affecting the delivery of health care, January 2012 to December 2013 - World. Click through to download the report itself. Excerpt:
On the occasion of World Health Day, 7 April, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is issuing a report on "Violent incidents affecting the delivery of health care," based on a large number of recorded cases, to raise awareness of attacks on people seeking or providing health care.
Health personnel suffered over 1,800 violent incidents during 2013. As the report says, providing health care has remained as dangerous as ever over the last two years. In addition to reporting on attacks, the study highlights lesser-known types of incident, such as armed personnel disrupting hospital services by forcing their way in, or sexual violence against health personnel.
"Media reports only highlight violence affecting health services in just a few conflict-stricken countries, such as Syria," said Pierre Gentile, head of the ICRC-led "Health Care in Danger" project on the dangers facing health-care services.
"However, the ICRC report shows that the violence occurs in other countries too. It is therefore urgent that governments, armed forces and the health-care community step up their efforts to make health-care delivery safer all over the world."
The report is based on information collected in 2012 and 2013 on 1,809 incidents in 23 countries in which violence was used against patients, health-care personnel, ambulances or medical facilities.