Giving Compass' Take:
- Sarah El Gharib highlights the disastrous impacts of war on access to health care globally.
- How can the root cause of these health care access issues be remedied?
- Learn about creating an inclusive healthcare system.
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The ongoing war in Ukraine has affected 18 million people, with more than 4 million having fled the country. As of March 22, the World Health Organization (WHO) had logged 64 attacks on health care in just 25 days, accounting for 15 deaths and 27 injuries.
The impact on health care — the infrastructure, the workers, and the patients — is profound. Just as the world was starting to recover from the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, another crisis erupted, displacing and endangering the health and well-being of thousands of people.
From medical supplies shortages and limited access to health care, to increased risk of infection, injuries, and death, the conflict in Ukraine has put people in urgent need of assistance across the country. If past conflicts have taught us anything about the impact of war on health care, it is that this situation is likely to worsen the longer the war continues.
Here are five ways war impacts global health and what you can do to help.
Read the full article about war and global health by Sarah El Gharib at Global Citizen.