The World Medical Association (WMA) has spoken out against attacks on children’s hospitals and has called for action to ensure such attacks end.
In a statement, released to coincide with the the 30th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child this week, the WMA highlighted what it described as an “increasing trend for children’s hospitals to be attacked by terrorists and armed forces.” WMA president, Dr Miguel Jorge said recent reports of indiscriminate attacks in Bolivia, Yemen and Syria need to be condemned by the world.
“This week’s anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child provides us with an opportunity to speak out about these appalling violations of international law,” said Dr Jorge.
“Innocent children and their medical carers are being injured and killed by these attacks. Hospitals, and particularly children’s hospitals, must be protected in times of conflict. All parties involved must be forced by world opinion to end this outrage and those responsible should face the full consequences of their actions in a court of law. We owe it to our children," the WMA President added.
It comes as latest data show there have been 929 attacks on healthcare so far this year.