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February 2017

Yemen’s Healthcare Sector Decimated While World Stands Idly By

February 20th, 2017|Categories: papers, Uncategorized|

Zahra and Mohammad don’t know each other but they share the same misery as do many others in Yemen who had a kidney transplant.  On 12 January 2017, Zahra passed away from kidney failure due to the lack of her immunosuppressant medication in the market, a medicine that her doctor told her would have to

January 2017

Attacks on health care in Syria spiked in 2016, says SAMS report

January 27th, 2017|Categories: Medical Impartiality News, Uncategorized|

Between June and December 2016, there were 172 attacks on medical facilities and personnel in Syria. Of this number, 72 occurred in Aleppo, according to the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) report, “The Failure of UN Security Council Resolution 2286 in Preventing Attacks on Healthcare in Syria.” The Syrian government and its allies, mainly Russia,

October 2016

HRC33: DMI calls attention to unlawful detention of doctors in Egypt

October 11th, 2016|Categories: Medical Impartiality News, Uncategorized|

On 26 September 2016, Dr. Hani Hodaib, member of the Egyptian Medical Syndicate and Doctors Without Rights, delivered an oral intervention on behalf of Defenders for Medical Impartiality (DMI) at the 33rd session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva under item 8: Follow-up and implementation of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action.

HRC33: DMI calls attention to attacks on health facilities and workers in Syria

October 11th, 2016|Categories: Medical Impartiality News, Uncategorized|

On 26 September 2016, Dr. Mohamad Katoub, Advocacy Manager at Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS), delivered an oral intervention on behalf of Defenders for Medical Impartiality (DMI) at the 33rd session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva under item 8: Follow-up and implementation of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action.  

May 2016

Health Care in Detention in Saudi Arabia

May 16th, 2016|Categories: Medical Impartiality News, Uncategorized|

The Saudi Arabian government is often criticised by human rights organisations for its lack of transparency.  Information released through official channels in the country is carefully chosen and the press is heavily censored. Authorities regularly subject dissenting voices, human rights defenders and irregular migrants to detention. Security forces hold foreigners awaiting deportation

Saudi Coalition Airstrikes and the Destruction of Hospitals

May 7th, 2016|Categories: Medical Impartiality News, Uncategorized|

Mere hours after it announced the end of its military campaign, a Saudi-led military coalition resumed aerial bombardment of military targets in Yemen.  The renewed air campaign is exacerbating the ongoing humanitarian crisis caused by the coalition’s previous month-long operation. Since the Saudi-led military forces intervened in the Yemeni conflict, civilian casualties have dramatically increased. Moreover, constant

April 2016

Daésh Denies Yarmouk Medical Evacuations

April 26th, 2016|Categories: Medical Impartiality News, Uncategorized|

The Yarmouk camp, a decades-old camp for Palestinian refugees, has been the site of an attack against the Nusra Front by Daésh. The intense fighting has taken place in the most densely populated areas of Yarmouk, which is less than a square mile in size. For the last week, it has been too dangerous for the UN

The Egyptian Medical Revolution: Police Brutality and the Rise of Medical Activism

April 21st, 2016|Categories: Medical Impartiality News, Uncategorized|

On the 14th of January, a new wave of police harassment targeting Egyptian medical workers swept through Egypt when Taher Mokhtar, a member of the Freedoms Committee at the Doctors Syndicate and his two roommates were arrested. The detainees were accused of possessing anti-governmental and health system reform pamphlets. The arrest occurred amidst the security raids

Prisoner Health in the Gulf: Spotlight on the UAE

April 17th, 2016|Categories: Medical Impartiality News, Uncategorized|

As health practitioners work to address the rights of prisoners in Gulf countries, governments continue to violate key principles of medical impartiality. Denying access to doctors or proper medical treatment for sick prisoners, ignoring the advice of doctors, and using doctors to treat injuries inflicted through torture are all common practices utilized by different governments.  While

Attacks on Yemeni Healthcare Providers

April 2nd, 2016|Categories: Medical Impartiality News, Uncategorized|

Image credited of theaustralian.com. On 9 September 2014, Mohammed Said Al Nemr, a 27 year old ambulance driver for Yemen’s Ministry of Public Health and Population, was killed by a gunshot wound as he responded to a medical emergency in Sana’a.  An ambulance for the Yemen Red Crescent Society was also hit by a bullet. Cases

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