Photo story – Humanitarian personnel and facilities are #NotATarget


On World Humanitarian Day 2017, WHO recognizes the critical and often dangerous humanitarian work of health professionals delivering services to those most in need. It also demands that all parties in conflicts respect the safety and neutrality of health workers and health facilities. Making health care a deliberate target is a major violation of international law that shows a tragic disregard for our common humanity.

In the European Region, WHO supports humanitarian health efforts from its offices in Turkey, responding to both the Syrian crisis in the northern part of the country and to the crisis in Ukraine. In both areas, health personnel and facilities too often become targets in the conflict.