Attacks on Health Care Monthly News Brief – April 2021 – World


Burkina Faso
30 April 2021: In Dori city, Seno province, an ambulance transporting a patient was fired at by suspected ISWAP militants. No injuries were reported. Source: ACLED1

05 April 2021: In Mwaro province, a nurse from the Tutsi ethnic group was attacked by members of the Conseil National pour la Défense de la Démocratie – Forces pour la Défense de la Démocratie (CNDD-FDD), allegedly for refusing to join their political party. Source: ACLED1

07 April 2021: In Kumbo city, Bui department, Northwest region, suspected Ambazonian separatist fighters stormed and fired gunshots at the Saint Elizabeth Catholic General Hospital/Shisong Cardiac Centre, before abducting three nurses for allegedly allowing one of their members, who had been poisoned, to die. Source: Mimi Mefo Info

Central African Republic
As reported on 02 April 2021: In Bakouma town and sub-prefecture, Mbomou prefecture, Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC) rebels looted a hospital and destroyed a bridge between the town and Bago village. Source: Radio Ndeke Luka

Democratic Republic of the Congo
07 April 2021: In Beni city, North Kivu province, unidentified perpetrators looted two health facilities, burned down houses, and abducted civilians to help them transport stolen goods and livestock. Source: OCHA

09 April 2021: Near Beni city, North Kivu province, anti-MONUSCO protesters attempted to block a road leading to the city, in the process blocking the path of an ambulance which was carrying the body of a man killed earlier in a suspected rebel attack. A woman was hit by a vehicle and died on the scene. Source: Reuters

12 April 2021: In Bijojo village, Uvira territory, South Kivu province, a hospital was attacked and equipment and medicine looted by Ngumino-Twigwaneho coalition members. An inpatient was killed and a health worker injured. Sources: ACLED1 and Actualité

As reported on 22 April 2021: The Malawian Government has planned to destroy more than 16,000 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines, donated via a partnership between the AU and the telecommunication company MTN Group, because they expired on 13 April. The WHO has warned against the destruction of any expired vaccines, whilst the Africa Centres for Disease Control stated that it had been assured they could still be used. Source: BBC

08 April 2021: In several communities, Gwer LGA, Benue state, troops from the Nigerian Army’s Operation Whirl Stroke demolished hospitals and schools, alongside houses, farms and vehicles as part of a wider assault on the area, leaving at least 70 people dead. Source: Sahara Reporters

11 April 2021: Along the Imeko-Abeokuta Road, Imeko town, Imeko Afon LGA, Ogun state, two health workers were abducted at gunpoint by Fulani herdsmen while on the way to the Imeko General Hospital. A NGN20 million ransom was placed. By 13 April, the victims had been freed. Sources: Eons Intelligence and Punch

11-12 April 2021: Near Onipe community, North LGA, Ogun state, unidentified perpetrators appeared from a bush and started shooting indiscriminately along the Ibadan-Ijebu Ode Road, before abducting three women, including a dental therapist of the Ijebu Igbo General Hospital, a teacher of the Itamarun Comprehensive High School, and a military officer. The victims were rescued by the police at the Ogunmakin community on 16 April. Source: GhGossip and Punch

22 April 2021: In Kajuru LGA, Kaduna state, two female nurses were abducted from Idon General Hospital by a Kaduna-based militia. Sources: ACLED1 and Council on Foreign Relations

22 April 2021: Near Al-baraka neighborhood, Mogadishu city, Hodan district, Banadir region, a Somali dermatologist doctor at Ramadan Hospital was shot dead in front of his house by suspected al Shabaab militants. Sources: Hiiraan, Horn Observer and New Delhi Times

South Sudan
As reported on 22 April 2021: The South Sudanese Government has planned to discard some 59,000 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines, donated via a partnership between the AU and the telecommunication company MTN Group, because they have passed their expiry date. The WHO has warned against the destruction of any expired vaccines, whilst the Africa Centres for Disease Control stated that it had been assured they could still be used. Many vaccines can be used up to 36 months after manufacture, although there is insufficient data to prove their effectiveness over longer periods. Source: BBC

24 April 2021: In Jamjang county, Unity state, a group of 20 youths stormed a health INGO compound and physically attacked staff, resulting in multiple injuries. One senior medical officer was seriously injured and airlifted to a hospital in Juba. UN peacekeepers were deployed to the area to protect aid workers and prevent further violence. Sources: IRC and OCHA

25 April 2021: In Khartoum city and state, two medics protesting at El Tamiz Hospital over a lack of action taken about 190 bodies decomposing in the hospital mortuary were seriously injured during a raid on their sit-in protest, presumably by police officers. Source: Dabanga Sudan

As reported on 05/08 April 2021: In Geneina city, West Darfur state, unidentified perpetrators attacked an ambulance and a rocket-propelled grenade of unidentified origin hit the Sultan Tajeldin Hospital amidst clashes between Masalit and Arab tribesmen. Sources: France 24, The New Arab I and The New Arab II


09 April 2021: In the Karta-e-Sakhi area of PD3, Kabul city, a doctor was shot dead by gunmen. Source: ACLED1

30 April 2021: In Puli Alam city and district, Logar province, a car bomb explosion damaged a hospital, along with a guesthouse and nearby residential houses. Source: BBC

This report ‘Violence Against Health Care in Myanmar’ highlights 109 incidents of violence against health workers, facilities and transport in Myanmar between 11 February and 12 April 2021. Health workers were arrested, injured and killed, and hospitals raided and occupied by Tatmadaw soldiers or associated police forces. We are continuing to monitor the situation in Myanmar. Download data on HDX.

28 April 2021: In Paramakudi city, Ramanathapuram district, Tamil Nadu state, two doctors were stopped at a shop and asked to produce their ID cards by a police officer, as they were on their way to work at the COVID-19 care centre of the Paramakudi Government Arts College. As the doctors did not have their identity cards with them, the police officer did not believe that they were doctors. When they tried to contact their seniors, the officer verbally abused them, and only let them go when they managed to reach their superiors. In response, on 29 April, the Tamil Nadu Government Doctors Association boycotted the out-patient department of the Government Medical College Hospital and the Paramakudi health facility. Source: The ****Hindu

09 April 2021: In Faisalabad city, district and division, Punjab province, police detained two female nurses of the District Headquarters Hospital under blasphemy laws, on the grounds that whilst tidying the locker of a head nurse they had scratched off a verse from the Quran on a sticker. Both nurses face the death penalty. Source: The New Arab


12 April 2021: In the 16th district, Paris, an unidentified perpetrator shot dead a man and seriously injured a woman outside the Red Cross-run Henry Dunant private geriatric hospital, before fleeing the scene on a motorcycle. Source: The New ****Arab

Russian Federation
Up until 20 April 2021: In Vladimir oblast, Russian authorities continued to prevent a team of physicians from visiting an ailing Kremlin critic, currently serving a two-and-a-half-year prison sentence, at a medical facility on the premises of a penal colony. The patient launched an ongoing hunger strike on 31 March to demand proper medical treatment for a series of illnesses. Sources: New Age I and New Age ****II

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