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Global Incidence of Violence Against Healthcare Workers

Status: Ongoing

Topic Tags: violence against healthcare workers, India

SDG Tags: Good Health and Well-being; Decent Work and Economic Growth; Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Scope: India and Global

Sponsors: None

ASAR Members involved: Anoushka Arora, Divya Shrinivas, Uma Gupta 

Collaborators: Insecurity Insight


Violence against healthcare workers (VAHCW) is a rising problem that must be addressed. Data suggests that HCWs are four times more likely to be assaulted than other professionals in their workplace. Moreover, there has been a steep rise in violence against HCWs during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

ASAR has collaborated with Insecurity Insight - a non-profit organisation that documents threats faced by people who live or work in dangerous environments - to analyse the global data on VAHCW. 

Research Aims

  1. To analyse the global burden of violence against healthcare workers.

  2. To identify gaps in systemic databases. 

  3. To understand the magnitude of VAHCW in India as compared to other countries.

Advocacy Aims

The global data analysis of VAHCW will help people understand the magnitude of the problem. ASAR has started a public petition asking lawmakers to bring forth necessary legislative reforms to protect India’s HCWs. Moreover, the petition will bring about a positive behavioural change in the community towards HCWs. 

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