Violence Against Healthcare in Conflict: From Protecting Human Rights Law to Understanding Public Health Consequences

Lecture | February 11 | 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 5101 Berkeley Way West

 Rohini Haar, MD MPH

 Public Health, School of

Attacks on hospitals, health workers and patients in conflict and war are rising despite decades of formal legal protections. These attacks disrupt fragile health systems by impacting health services, utilization and outcomes. Traditional documentation and advocacy has focused on the most egregious cases, utilizing legal and journalistic approaches. More insidious attacks and chronic threats to healthcare are often ignored, and little is understood about the impacts of these attacks in either the short or long-term. Dr. Haar will discuss approaches to bringing epidemiological methods to the field of human rights and humanitarian law, and how better documentation of attacks and their impacts on health can ultimately lead to better advocacy, policies and protections