• A platform for health workers in regions facing armed conflict or violence to tell their stories in their own words and voices directly to a global audience.


    About Us


    Health Workers at the Frontline initiative is a story-telling and humanitarian analysis platform. It collects and displays short audio stories from health workers living and working in areas torn by armed conflict or violence, and analyzes health humanitarian issues raised by them.


    This is a grassroots initiative which was founded by Rita Dayoub, a Syrian health humanitarian worker and an Academy Associate at Chatham House, London. It is managed through collaborations with local health workers in conflict zones, and it was born from the desire to tell their stories in their own words.


    Our main objectives are raising awareness of the challenges faced by health providers who face armed conflict or violence, and enhancing global solidarity through story-telling.


    For more details on how we record, maintain confidentiality, and verify the content, listen here:

    New Stories

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    Safety and Security Manager at UOSSM

    Ahmet AlDbis is the safety and security manager at the UOSSM (Union des Organisations de Secours et Soins Médicaux). He tells us about the risks facing health services in the north of Syria and how organized trainings and manuals can help in reducing these risks.

    A Nurse

    This storyteller is a nurse from Aleppo, and he tells us what it means and feels to be one of the last medical workers to be forcibly displaced from Eastern Aleppo before the Syrian regime took back control in 2016.


    Listen to health workers in conflict zones, doctors, nurses, first aiders, ambulance drivers and administrators, narrate their stories and reflections in their native language. You will find translations in English as well.


    We analyse and comment on the issues raised by health workers in their stories and we link them to the international scene.

    Getting Serious About Protecting Health Care in Conflict

    Three years ago, a UN Security Council resolution called for the protection of health care in conflict zones, but attacks have continued. Effective translation of the resolution into action requires international organization involvement in prosecuting perpetrators and better inclusion of local health care providers. Read full article here >


    A soldier from MONUSCO patrols outside an Ebola Treatment Centre in Butembo, the epicentre of Democratic Republic of the Congo's latest Ebola outbreak, after it was attacked 9 March. Photo: Getty Images via Chatham House.

    Reconciling Counterterrorism and Health Care in Conflict Zones

    A recent decision to suspend funding of health authorities in a jihadist-controlled area in Syria exposes a weakness in international counterterrorism measures and jeopardizes access to crucial health services. Read full article here >


    The entrance of Idlib Health Directorate in November 2018. Getty Images via Chatham House.

    Undercurrents Podcast

    Episode 32 - Protecting Health Workers in Conflict

    The 3rd of May marks the anniversary of the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2286, which calls for the protection of healthcare workers in areas of conflict. Three years since its adoption health workers are some of the most targeted civilians in warzones across the world. In this episode of Undercurrents, the podcast of Chatham House, ​ you'll hear, amongst other things, about how to protect health workers in conflict zones, including four of the stories recorded on this platform.


    Podcast originally produced and published by Chatham House.


    Contact Us

    If you would like to participate, to use the stories in your campaign or research, to re-post the analysis on your platform, or for any other inquiries, send us an email.