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Global Health Community Must Address Acid Attacks

“At a recent social function benefiting the Acid Survivors Foundation, I learned about an insidious worldwide problem that barely figures on the global health radar, but should. Acid violence, sometimes called acid throwing or an acid attack, involves throwing or pouring acid onto a person with the intent of killing or maiming them,” Jocalyn Clark, executive editor and scientific writing specialist at icddr,b in Dhaka, Bangladesh, writes in the PLOS “Speaking of Medicine” blog. “A comprehensive report from Cornell University says there are two factors in addition to gender discrimination related to the prevalence of acid violence: one, impunity for acid attack perpetrators and two, easy availability of acid. These give clues to how the global health community can act to support broader legislative change and prevent such horrible acts of violence against women…” (4/22).