World Health & Population

World Health & Population 16(4) June 2016 : 22-30.doi:10.12927/whp.2016.24672
Special Focus: Attacks On Healthcare Workers In War Zones

Reducing the Impact of Attacks against Healthcare by Curbing the Use of Explosive Weapons in Populated Areas: Developments at the Global Level

Simon Bagshaw

Abstract

Attacks against healthcare in situations of armed conflict have emerged as an issue of increasing concern with explosive weapons – such as aircraft bombs, mortars and improvised explosive devices – accounting for more deaths, injuries and damage than any other type of weapon in attacks on healthcare facilities. While this is perhaps unsurprising, it offers some insight into a possible course of action for dealing with the problem of attacks against healthcare – by curbing the use of explosive weapons in populated areas. There has been growing recognition in recent years of the humanitarian problems caused by the use of such weapons in populated areas. Steps are now being taken at the global level to curb this use which could, in time, make an important contribution to reducing the incidence and devastating impact of attacks against healthcare.

 

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