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ICN Concerned by Alarming Number of Attacks to Healthcare professionals by Idowu Olabode : May 26, 2016, 05:22:14 PM
A new report by the Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition was released yesterday showing the extent to which health workers, patients, health facilities and transport have been subjected to attacks in 2015 to early 2016.
 
As a founding member of the Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition, the International Council of Nurses (ICN) firmly believes that violence in the health workplace threatens the delivery of effective patient services and, therefore, patient safety. If quality care is to be provided, nursing personnel must be ensured a safe work environment and respectful treatment.
 
In addition, the ICN Code of Ethics states that “Nursing care is respectful of and unrestricted by considerations of age, colour, creed, culture, disability or illness, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, politics, race or social status.”
 
“In alignment with the Geneva Conventions and international humanitarian law, it is essential that data on attacks against healthcare personnel and facilities is collected so that those responsible are held accountable and ways to avoid attacks or alleviate their consequences are found,” said Dr Frances Hughes, ICN’s Chief Executive Officer. “We welcome this report from the Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition, which highlights the alarming number of attacks and the devastating consequences to the health of populations.”
 
The report also identified the aftereffects of attacks including: loss or lack of access to health facilities; the flight of health workers; people deprived of healthcare and increased mortality and morbidity risk.
 
The Safeguarding Health in Conflict coalition is a group of international nongovernmental organizations working to protect health workers, services, and infrastructure. The coalition has three main objectives:
* Raise awareness of the problem of attacks on health workers, facilities, transport systems, and clients
* Work with national and global organizations to strengthen the documentation of such attacks and increase accountability for violators
* Empower local groups to play a safe, active role in documenting attacks and demanding accountability at national and international levels.
 
The report, No Protection, No Respect: Health workers and health facilities under attack, 2015 and early 2016, is available here: www.safeguardinghealth.org/report2016.

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