Image of a hospital in northern Syria that was destroyed in an attack
A hospital in Idlib province in northern Syria destroyed in an attack on 15 February 2016. Source: Médecins Sans Frontières

The Security Council has sent a strong message that attacks on healthcare workers and medical facilities are unacceptable.
 
The 15-member Council unanimously adopted a resolution on Healthcare in Armed Conflict, drafted by New Zealand as well as other elected members: Egypt, Japan, Spain and Uruguay.
 
“Being on the Security Council, we have heard terrible stories of healthcare workers being targeted in attacks and medical supplies being removed from humanitarian convoys, so we wanted to address this issue,” New Zealand’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Gerard van Bohemen said. “The resolution clearly condemns all acts of violence against medical personnel and demands that all parties to armed conflict comply with international law.”
 
The President of Médecins Sans Frontières Dr Joanne Liu also spoke at the Security Council.
 
“Seeking or providing healthcare must not be a death sentence,” she said, “please, make this resolution save lives.”
 
The resolution also ensures ongoing oversight by the Security Council by requesting the Secretary-General provides regular reporting on the issue.