A way forward in protecting health services in conflict: moving beyond the humanitarian paradigm

Attacks on health workers, clinics, hospitals, ambulances and patients during periods of armed conflict or civil disturbance pose enormous challenges to humanitarian response and constitute affronts to the imperatives of human rights and civilian protection.

Keywords: health care, health services, neutrality, impartiality, human rights, conflict, humanitarian law.

About the author

Leonard S. Rubenstein
Senior Scholar and Director of the Program on Human Rights, Health and Conflict at the Center for Human Rights and Public Health of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Leonard S. Rubenstein, JD, is Senior Scholar and Director of the Program on Human Rights, Health and Conflict at the Center for Human Rights and Public Health of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He is also Chair of the Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition. Before joining Johns Hopkins, Mr. Rubenstein served as President of Physicians for Human Rights.