The United Nations Correspondents Association

March 12th, 2015
UNCA Press Conference with Physicians For Human Rights to Launch Report on Attacks on Health Care in Syria – Wednesday, March 11th

The U.N. Correspondents Association hosted a press conference with Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) on Wednesday, March 11th to launch their report titled “Doctors in the Crosshairs: Four Years of Attacks on Health Care in Syria”.  The launch took place in the UNCA Meeting room in the United Nations Secretariat Building.

PHR UNCA Briefing March 11 2015 (400x300)

Speakers included:

Donna McKay, Executive Director, Physicians for Human Rights

Widney Brown, Director of Programs, Physicians for Human Rights

Dr. Majed Abu Ali, Syrian American Medical Society

Susannah Sirkin, Director of International Policy and Partnerships, Physicians for Human Rights


The report was released on March 11 at 09.00 EDT in ENGLISH and ARABIC.

An interactive map on the Attacks can be seen HERE.


Dr. Majed Abu Ali is a dentist from Douma, in the Eastern Ghouta suburbs of Damascus, which has been under siege for the last two years. Since 2012, he has served as spokesman and public relations director for the United Medical Office of Eastern Ghouta, which coordinates the medical centers across the area. When he practiced dentistry and provided health care in Eastern Ghouta during the conflict, he witnessed and treated the horrific effects of siege, daily bombings, and targeted attacks on medical facilities and workers.


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