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Health Care in Danger: Deliberate Attacks on Health Care during Armed Conflict

To further add to the destruction and chaos of conflict, the past few years have brought mounting concern over the deliberate attacks on health care facilities and health workers, perpetrated to cause maximum damage to the health of populations. Despite concerted activity attempting to tackle these egregious attacks on health care, the distinct lack of progress in reducing the number of such attacks is disappointing.

The PLOS Medicine editors discuss the escalating problem of these attacks and support the importance of research on practical approaches to preventing them, as well as studies that more broadly evaluate interventions to improve health care in conflict settings.

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