People wounded in war-torn countries like Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and South Sudan must have access to medical care, a new BMJ editorial urges. Authors claim that failure to provide medical care to people in war zones is a violation of the International Humanitarian Law as set out in the Geneva Conventions of 1949. They call on the UN Security Council to introduce disciplinary actions against aggressors who fail to comply with the Law and destroy medical facilities as a result of their military actions.


Soumitra S Bhuyan, Ikenna Ebuenyi, Jay Bhatt

Corresponding author:

Soumitra Bhuyan, Division of Health Systems Management and Policy, School of Public Health, University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee, USA

Original editorial published in BMJ Health on November 22, 2016.