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WhatsApp-Based Tool Aims To Track, Document Attacks On Health Care Facilities, Workers In Conflict Zones

Thomson Reuters Foundation: FEATURE–Staying alive: WhatsApp finds new uses in conflict zones
“…Keeping a standardized track of attacks on health facilities and workers has been a major challenge in conflict zones. But a new digital instant messaging tool that relies on smartphone application WhatsApp has been developed by the WHO and its partners to detect, verify, and log the devastating consequences of such attacks. It is hoped the WhatsApp-based tool will provide vital evidence for the international community, which in the future could be used to hold perpetrators to account…” (Lazareva, 8/3).

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