“The violence is directly connected to the inability to get the epidemic under control,” said our Leonard Rubenstein, “It’s an unrecognized problem, Anybody concerned with global health needs to … recognize what a threat this is to people all around the world and to us as well when epidemics can’t be stopped because of violence.”

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Doctors at the epicenter of Congo’s Ebola crisis are threatening to go on strike indefinitely if health workers are attacked again. The march on Wednesday comes after a Cameroon national working for the World Health Organization was killed last week on assignment in eastern Congo

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Our Leonard Rubenstein led a project that resulted in a report and recommendations responding to the ethical challenges in humanitarian health in situations of extreme violence. Read the full report now

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Dr. Richard Valery Mouzoko Kiboung arrived in Democratic Republic of the Congo just four weeks ago – one of hundreds of disease experts that the World Health Organization has recruited to help curb the ongoing Ebola outbreak there

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Across the U.S., many doctors, nurses and other health care workers have remained silent about what is being called an epidemic of violence against them. The violent outbursts come from patients and patients’ families. And for years, it’s been considered part of the job

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Our Len Rubenstein writes, ‘…3 years ago the UN Security Council adopted a resolution reaffirming long-held norms of respecting and protecting health care in conflict…Since then, governments have continually declared that such attacks are unacceptable, but their conduct shows instead that the attacks have become accepted

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The annual figures, produced by the Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition chaired by our Len Rubenstein and presented to members of the Security Council, show that hospitals have been subjected to airstrikes, clinics have been torched and patients assaulted. In total there were 951 attacks on health facilities in 23 countries

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Heavily armed assailants again attacked an Ebola treatment center in the heart of eastern Congo’s deadly outbreak on Saturday, with one police officer killed and health workers injured, authorities said, while frightened patients waited in isolation rooms for the gunfire to end

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