How Do Attacks on Health Care Affect Women?

July 17, 2018When hospitals or clinics are attacked, women often become targets. But what do we know about the real impact on their health and well-being?In April 2017, 60 militia members attacked a hospital in Cinq, a city in the Kasai district of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The rebels set fire to a surgical suite, trapping 35 patients inside, and then torched most of the hospital. They sexually assaulted women and girls with sticks and firearms, including a woman who had just given birth hours before.The details of this attack are horrifying. More than 100 people died, including 90 patients and two health workers.But it isn ’t uncommon.In 2017 there were at least 701 attacks on health facilities, health workers, patients, or ambulances in 23 countries in conflict around the world, according to a2018 report by the Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition.As an intern forIntraHealth International, I helped disseminate the report. And as a master ’s in public health student focusing on maternal and child health, I was concerned to see how many attacks documented in the report include violence against women—including women health workers—and how oftenthey become a direct target.Women are more likely to be a targetAttacks like the one in Cinq affect entire communities —often leaving them without access to safe, high-quality health care in times of intense vulnerability.According to UNICEF, 224 health centers in Kasai have been looted, burnt, ...
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