Exposed, Silenced, Attacked: Failures to Protect Health and Essential Workers During the COVID-19 Pandemic   [open pdf - 2MB]

From the Executive Summary: "In March 2020, the WHO [World Health Organization] declared COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] to be a pandemic. At the time of writing this report, 11,125,245 people had contracted the illness and 528,204 people had died as a result. Most countries had imposed some form of restrictions on people's movement and other human rights to control the spread of the virus. And several countries are yet to see the worst of the pandemic. At this difficult time, health and essential workers have played an extraordinary role in the response to the pandemic. Across countries, they have put their health and well-being at risk, often in very difficult circumstances and with very little support, to ensure that people are able to access the essential services they need, including health care, food and other nutritional supplies, and emergency public services. Despite this, health and essential workers across the world have faced enormous challenges in doing their jobs and governments have not adequately protected them. Amnesty International's analysis has shown that over 3000 health workers have lost their lives due to COVID-19 during the pandemic - a figure that is likely to be a major underestimate given a lack of reporting - and many others have worked in unsafe environments due to shortages in personal protective equipment (PPE). [...] This report looks at these challenges and also flags some broader structural issues in health and social support systems across the world that have exacerbated these challenges and must be urgently addressed."

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