Kafr Nubl surgical hospital is seen after it was put out of service by attacks in early May 2019. The building and an ambulance lie in ruins. Credit: UNICEF/Khalil Ashawi

WCPT condemns airstrikes on hospitals in Syria

WCPT and other members of the World Health Professions Alliance have condemned the continuing targeted attacks on hospitals in Idlib province, in Syria’s north-west.

Urgent action is needed to stop airstrikes on hospitals that are deliberate and systematic, and have claimed hundreds of lives and left millions of people without proper healthcare.

WHPA Chair Catherine Duggan said: 'The WHPA unanimously call for an end to hostile targeting of hospitals and health facilities in Syria. In line with the humanitarian efforts being afforded to all citizens in areas of conflict, we unanimously support the provision of care without risk to any health personnel.'

The WHPA speaks for more than 31 million health care professionals worldwide, through national member organisations representing dentists, nurses, pharmacists, physical therapists and physicians in more than 130 countries.

Members of the WHPA:

  • FDI World Dental Federation (FDI)
  • International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP)
  • International Council of Nurses (ICN) 
  • World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT)
  • World Medical Association (WMA) 

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