MSF backs out of UN summit over lack of pressure on states impeding humanitarian aid

Published May 5th, 2016 - 11:00 GMT
A Doctors Without Borders hospital in Idlib, Syria was among their medical facilities attacked in the last year. (AFP/File)
A Doctors Without Borders hospital in Idlib, Syria was among their medical facilities attacked in the last year. (AFP/File)

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has backed out of participating in the UN-backed World Humanitarian Summit, saying it has failed to put adequate pressure on governments impeding basic access to aid for victims of war and disease, AFP reported.

"We can no longer see how the (World Humanitarian Summit) will help the humanitarian sector to address the massive needs caused by continuing violence against patients and medical staff in Syria, Yemen and South Sudan; by civilians intent on fleeing being blocked at borders in Jordan, Turkey and Macedonia; by the inhumane treatment of refugees and migrants desperately trying to find safe haven in Greece and Australia," MSF said in a statement.

MSF, one of the world's leading emergency medical providers has increasingly become a target itself in conflicts around the world. Last year 75 hospitals managed or supported by the charity were bombed last year, including in Afghanistan, Syria, and Yemen.

Just last week the MSF-supported al-Quds hospital in Aleppo was bombed, leaving at least 55 people dead.

"Al-Quds is the main pediatric referral hospital in Aleppo, and those killed include six staff members, including one of the last pediatricians in the city," MSF said in a separate statement last week.


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