Caught in the Crossfire: Safeguarding Healthcare in Conflict Zones


Over one-third of the population in the MENA region live in areas of active conflict. Volatile conditions like protracted attacks on medical personnel and facilities have compromised local healthcare systems at unprecedented levels. For example, in countries like Syria and Yemen, almost 50 percent of civilians cannot access acute care or basic health services, leaving millions vulnerable to chronic and infectious diseases.

This panel will discuss what the future of healthcare delivery looks like in places like Syria, Iraq, and Gaza. We will learn from experts on the ground about the challenges healthcare providers and humanitarian actors face in these contexts. But we will also explore possible solutions. How can local initiatives, new forms of collaboration, and international regulations safeguard healthcare?