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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

Idlib Hospitals Under Fire

January 17th, 2017|Categories: papers, Reports|

Since the end of May 2016, the Syrian and Russian government have attacked nine health facilities in Idlib province in a blatant violation of the laws of war. Syrian and Russian forces have failed to uphold their obligations under international law as attacks on civilian targets remain. Defenders for Medical Impartiality (DMI) welcomes the U.N.

December 2016

Nothing is Spared in Aleppo

December 7th, 2016|Categories: papers|Tags: , , , , , , |

Sustained and repeated attacks on civilian infrastructure in rebel-held Aleppo are contributing to a large number of civilian casualties and depriving thousands of adequate medical care. All parties to the conflict, especially the Syrian and Russian governments, must take all necessary precautions to spare civilians and civilian infrastructure, and allow for the delivery of needed

September 2016

From ISIS Hospitals to Underequipped Displacement Camps – The Difficulties Accessing Health Care in Iraq’s Fallujah.

September 1st, 2016|Categories: papers|Tags: , , , , , |

Background to Iraqi Health Care System Since the 2003 invasion of Iraq and the subsequent fall of the Saddam Hussein regime, the Iraqi health care system has been in great need of reconstruction. The conflict almost destroyed Iraq’s primary health care delivery, disease control and prevention services as well as health research infrastructure. Much of

August 2016

Libya’s Crumbling Healthcare System

August 11th, 2016|Categories: papers|Tags: , , , , , |

Background to the Libyan Conflict Libya’s long-ruling leader, Muammar al-Qaddafi, ruled the country from 1969 to 2011. Qaddafi outlined his political ideology in The Green Book and he exercised unrestricted control over the country. This led to vase human rights violations both inside the country as well as outside as the leader funded non-state actors

Health Care in the Besieged City of Ta’iz

August 1st, 2016|Categories: papers|Tags: , , , , , |

The city of Ta’iz has been besieged since early April 2015 when an alliance of local forces led by the Muslim Brotherhood fought off the Houthis’ attempt to control the city. The Houthi rebels responded by cutting off roads and blocking the delivery of food and medical aid. Pro-government forces partially broke the siege in heavy

July 2016

Attacks on Health Care in Yemen

July 25th, 2016|Categories: papers|Tags: , , , , , |

  Background to the Conflict in Yemen The war in Yemen began on 25 March 2015, when a Saudi Arabia-led coalition (including Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar, Sudan and the United Arab Emirates) launched air strikes against the country. The members of the coalition stated that the strikes were requested by President Abdu Rabu

Egypt: Fighting for Survival Inside al-Aqrab

July 15th, 2016|Categories: papers|Tags: , , , , |

The two bodies of law: IHL and IHRL International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and International Human Rights Law (IHRL) are two complementary sets of international rules established by treaty or custom. Both strive to protect the lives, health, and dignity of individuals, although in different contexts. Whereas IHRL applies in both peacetime and wartime, IHL specifically

Deteriorating standard of health at Al-Salmaniya Medical Complex

July 1st, 2016|Categories: papers|Tags: , , , , , |

The dismissal of experienced doctors for providing medical care to injured protestors in the wake of the 2011 popular uprisings in Bahrain, coupled with the hiring of foreign medics and poor hospital management, are contributing to a low standard of health at Al-Salmaniya Medical Complex (SMC), the country’s largest public hospital. The government of Bahrain

June 2016

Hospitals are #NotATarget: The Differing Scope of Protections for Medical Personnel in International and Non-International Armed Conflicts

June 15th, 2016|Categories: papers|Tags: , , , , , |

International humanitarian law (IHL) is “a set of rules which seek, for humanitarian reasons, to limit the effects of armed conflict. It protects persons who are not or are no longer participating in the hostilities and restricts the means and methods of warfare.” As set out in the United Nations Charter of 1945, IHL does

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