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December 2018

The Appalling Appraisal of The Recent Attacks on Health Care in Syria

December 27th, 2018|Categories: papers, Reports|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Introduction Amongst the past seven years of conflict during the ongoing Syrian civil war, 2018 was the least lethal for civilians, with a death toll of 6,228 persons as reported by the Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR). However, the diminution of civilian deaths does not imply a decrease in violence. Indeed, more than 20

Mental Health Care in Times of Conflict

December 17th, 2018|Categories: papers, Reports|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Background Mental health is often neglected and stigmatized in Arab countries. People who suffer from psychological or psychiatric disorders are culturally depicted as ‘crazy,’ and their conditions are neither taken seriously nor treated seriously. This social frailty, combined with the lack of availability of mental healthcare, discourages affected persons from actively seeking professional treatment. According

Bahrain: Continued Lack of Medical Care Puts Political Prisoners’ Lives at Risk

December 13th, 2018|Categories: papers, Reports|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The widespread and systematic use of medical negligence as an instrument of punishment is an ongoing trend in Bahrain. The government’s crackdown on Bahraini political prisoners first became apparent during Bahrain’s mass pro-democracy protests in 2011. Indeed, as of 22 November 2011, the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights reported that, 500 prisoners of conscience were

September 2018

Violations of Right to Health in Kurdistan

September 6th, 2018|Categories: papers, Reports|Tags: , , , , , , |

Introduction In February 2018, a team from the Defenders for Medical Impartiality (DMI), with the European Centre for Democracy and Human Rights (ECDHR), undertook a field mission to the Kurdistan region of Iraq, also known as Iraqi Kurdistan. The team visited Erbil and Duhok provinces where they conducted in-person meetings with representatives of local and

July 2018

The Criminalization of Healthcare – Report Summary

July 13th, 2018|Categories: Reports|Tags: , , , , , |

A recently published report examines the ways in which domestic legal frameworks are negatively affecting medical impartiality around the world. Under the auspices of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the enjoyment of the right to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, researchers at the University of Essex and John’s Hopkins University

March 2018

Detained journalists in Egypt denied access to health care

March 22nd, 2018|Categories: papers, Reports|Tags: , , , , |

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, more than half of the 20 detained journalists in Egypt are in poor health. Multiple reports document the systematic interference with access to health care inside Egyptian detention facilities. In June 2014, the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights published a report  titled “Health in Egyptian Prisons: a field

January 2018

Obstruction of Medical Assistance in the West Bank

January 19th, 2018|Categories: papers, Reports|Tags: , , , , , |

Throughout the occupied West Bank, Israeli officers have reportedly interfered with the work of medical teams by obstructing their access to the injured, and some patients died as a result. Israeli forces have also attacked medics and ambulances. In 2016, the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) documented 26 assaults on medics and ambulance teams and

August 2017

Effect of Power Cuts on Gaza’s Health Sector

August 18th, 2017|Categories: papers|Tags: , , , , |

Power outages in Gaza increased from 14 hours a day in January 2017 to 18 hours in May to an all-time high of 21 hours a day in July. The strip’s energy crisis stems from a dispute over fuel taxes between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority in April. In addition to the impact on the

PRCS-Affiliated Hospitals in Lebanon: Barriers to Health Care Delivery

August 14th, 2017|Categories: papers|Tags: , , , , |

There are five Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) hospitals in Lebanon that offer health care for Palestinian refugees. Those five hospitals are Haifa Hospital in Burj Barajneh camp in the Southern suburbs of Beirut, Safad Hospital in Beddawi camp in North Lebanon, Balsam Hospital in Rashidieh camp in South Lebanon, Al Hamshari Hospital in Saida

April 2017

Syria: Attacks on medical facilities continue in 2017 despite international measures

April 28th, 2017|Categories: papers|Tags: , , , , , , |

Since March 2011, Syria has seen increased rate of attacks on medical facilities, services and infrastructure. Health care has become a weapon of war, and targeting medics a strategy. Between March 2011 and December 2016, there were no less than 411 attacks on medical facilities and personnel. At least 814 medical workers have been killed

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