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The National Academy of Medicine Hosts Documentary Screening and Panel Discussion on the Targeting of Health Professionals in Conflict Areas

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On December 18, 2017, the National Academy of Medicine hosted a screening of an original documentary from the Center for Strategic and International Studies, titled The New Barbarianism. The film explores the growing trend of violence against health and humanitarian workers in global conflict zones, with a focus on the Syrian and Yemeni civil wars, and discusses current efforts to reduce these attacks. The screening was followed by a panel discussion, which included Patricia Evers, Senior Program Officer at the Committee on Human Rights of The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The discussion highlighted the historic lack of attention this issue has received, but also the recent increase in actions taken to address attacks on health professionals. When asked what steps we can take now to help solve this crisis, panelists pointed to the need for implementation of laws concerning limitation of civilian casualties and greater efforts to support individual victims of these abuses and their families.

For more information about the event, see the National Academy of Medicine's summary. You can also view the documentary on the CSIS website.