CUGH Conference Session: Protection of Health Workers in Conflict

March 26, 2015 - 11:00am - 12:30pm
Sheraton Boston Hotel, 39 Dalton St, Boston, MA 02199

This session of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health Conference will address the problem of attacks on health workers, facilities, and patients in armed conflicts and situations of political volatility, repression, or violence. It will review the scope of the problem, impacts on health systems in affected countries, initiatives in evidence development and documentation, and strategies for increased protection through both humanitarian and human rights approaches.


  • Widney Brown, JD, Director of Programs, Physicians for Human Rights, New York, New York
  • Jonathan Quick, MD, MPH, President and Chief Executive Officer, Management Sciences for Health, Medford, Massachusetts
  • Leonard Rubenstein, JD, LLM (Session Organzier), Senior Scholar and Director, Program on Human Rights Health and Conflict, Center for Public Health and Human Rights, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Michael J. VanRooyen, Interim Chair of Emergency Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Wayland, Massachusetts

Learning Objectives

  • The scope of the problem and global initiatives to improve monitoring, reporting and accountability
  • The impact of attacks on health care on health systems and infrastructure and implications for global health policy
  • Mapping attacks on health facilities and personnel in Syria
  • Initiatives by the humanitarian community to improve protection