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Health heroes to be honoured

Monday August 17th, 2015

A global campaign to recognise the efforts of health workers in dangerous places is being launched this week.

Wednesday is World Humanitarian Day and this year it is being used to highlight the risks faced by health workers.

Last year at least 603 health workers are known to have been killed and 958 injured in attacks reported in 32 countries.

In addition a total of 509 health workers died from the Ebola epidemic in West Africa while in Yemen five health workers were killed during fighting.

The new campaign will use the tag #ThanksHealthHero to gather tributes to honour clinicians.

The World Health Organisation said medical workers were often under-funded. It said it currently has less than 30% of the 530 million dollars it needs for emergency situations.

WHO director-general Dr Margaret Chan said: “WHO is committed to saving lives and reducing suffering in times of crisis. Attacks against health care workers and facilities are flagrant violations of international humanitarian law.

"Health workers have an obligation to treat the sick and injured without discrimination. All parties to conflict must respect that obligation.”

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