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In eastern Ukraine medical needs are ‘just cascading’, warns WHO

Medical needs in Ukraine “are just cascading” – that’s the message from the UN World Health Organization (WHO), which is pushing hard to access people with chronic and emergency needs, in large areas of the war-torn country.

On the line from the eastern Ukrainian city of Dnipro, here’s the agency’s Tarik Jasarevic, speaking to UN News’s Daniel Johnson.

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Health worker attacks “wrong, unfair and unjust”: UN official

Countries are being reminded of their obligation to provide healthcare for their citizens and to protect professionals who deliver these services, particularly during times of conflict.

That’s the message from the UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Kate Gilmore.

She was at UN Headquarters on Wednesday for a dialogue on how human rights, including the right to health, are reflected in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Ms Gilmore spoke to Paulina Greer prior to the event.


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Attacks on medical facilities becoming “new norm” in conflict

Attacks against hospitals and health workers are becoming a “new norm” in conflict, the head of one of the world’s top humanitarian organizations told the Security Council on Wednesday.

The Council met to debate the need to ensure protection for healthcare during wartime.

From Syria and Yemen to Afghanistan, South Sudan, Pakistan and beyond, hospitals, health care workers and the people they treat have become targets during conflict.

Dianne Penn reports.

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