Afghans are in the need of basic health care facilities. The current healthcare services are vulnerable to the attacks of extremists and this has necessitated 600,000 Afghans for proper healthcare facilities and call for health care workers. Attack on health care workers and facilities have put the stress on creating proper and safe healthcare amenities for the populace.
In the year 2007 approximately 32 health care centers are burned down, damaged and closed down due to attack by the extremist. The World Health Organizations along with other organizations are trying to create awareness among the Afghans, the extremists and other groups about the importance and neutrality of the health workers and the health care centers.
This trend is not limited to Afghanistan alone it is a global trend at the present time. Sri Lanka, Somalia, Libya, Lebanon, Bahrain, Columbia and Gaza have all faced brutality in the hands of the insurgents. In Afghanistan, the wounded suffer by languishing for long hours in the checkpoints line without getting treatment. Rising lack of respect for the health care facilities, personnel and medical vehicles has led to attacks and mishandling for military gains.
However, to abide by the International law for protecting medical personnel, patients and vehicles they are provided with the protected status so long as they uphold their neutrality and treat all patients uniformly. Furthermore, medical equipments, vehicles and staffs are provided with defensive symbols like Red Cross, Red Crescent and red crystal to maintain their uniqueness. Laws are also implemented which are binding for all parties in a conflict area to seek out the wounded subsequent to a battle and lend a hand to assist in the healthcare facilities