U.N. Should Take ‘Stronger Stance’ On Protecting Health Facilities, WASH Infrastructure In Humanitarian Emergencies, JHSPH Expert Says
World Economic Forum: We must stop turning a blind eye to the world’s health crises
Paul Spiegel, director of the Center for Humanitarian Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, discusses the challenges of responding to humanitarian disasters, especially in conflict zones like the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Yemen. Speigel writes, “There have been a number of United Nations Security Council resolutions addressing the humanitarian crises in DRC, Yemen, and elsewhere, but rarely do the force of words carry enough resolve to pacify these disasters. … The U.N. needs a stronger stance on the protection of health facilities, as well as water and sanitation infrastructure. In this age of satellite data, monitoring attacks against these off-limit targets should be easier to document, even in the world’s more remote places…” (2/25).