ACPNJ expresses our deep concern for the health and wellbeing of the people of Ukraine in the escalating crisis. Attacks on civilians and on hospitals are unconscionable. It has been more than 150 years since international law prohibited attacks against hospitals, ambulances, the wounded and sick, and health workers. The worldwide public health infrastructure is threatened by targeted assaults, both in the moment and for years thereafter. Health systems must continue to function to deliver essential care to people for all health issues, from childbirth to COVID-19 to cancer, especially for vulnerable populations.
ACPNJ supports the physicians, other health professionals, and the people of Ukraine. This war has endangered the lives and health of so many innocent people. In concert with the World Health Organization, the World Medical Association, and the American College of Physicians, we call for an end to the violence, safe passage for refugees, and assurance of basic human rights including food, medical treatment, and lodgings.