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NPR Quotes Hagopian on the Strategic Role of Attacks on Health Care Facilities and Personnel

Posted: 12/14/2023 (CSDE in the News)

CSDE Affiliate Dr. Amy Hagopian (Health Systems and Population Health, Global Health) was quoted by NPR in an article (here) on how 2023 is on track to have the highest number of attacks on health care facilities and health personnel. Dr. Hagopian commented on the┬áthreats to health workers in war zones, saying “part of [health workers’] mission is to provide a witness function”. According to Dr. Hagopian, this function is one reason why health professionals can pose a threat to a military or militia. They can “undermine the credibility of the fighting force [and hold] them accountable in ways that legal entities seem not to be able to do,” she says.

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