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August 2018

Syrian Refugees in Lebanon and Jordan No Longer Receive Life-saving Dialysis Treatment

August 15th, 2018|Categories: Medical Impartiality News|Tags: , , , , , |

A large number of Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Jordan who suffer from chronic renal failure have been receiving dialysis care subsidized by organizations like the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) and the Syrian Expatriate Medical Association (SEMA). A dialysis session costs up to $100 in Lebanon,

Bahraini Political Prisoner Hassan Mushaima Denied Access to Healthcare

August 8th, 2018|Categories: Medical Impartiality News|Tags: , , , , |

Hassan Mushaima – a leading Bahraini opposition figure, secretary-general of the Haq Movement, and co-founder of the Al-Wefaq National Islamic Society – is being prevented from accessing healthcare in line with international law by Bahraini authorities. Mushaima, 70 years old, was sentenced to life in prison for his pro-democracy activism in 2011. The opposition leader’s

The Perpetual Blockade of Gaza is an Infringement of Medical Impartiality

August 3rd, 2018|Categories: Medical Impartiality News|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Now entering its 11th year, the Gaza blockade affects every aspect of life for Palestinians. The blockade, imposed by the Israeli military in June 2007, has devastated Gaza’s economy and left most people largely cut off from the outside world. Today, 80 percent of its population relies on international humanitarian aid to survive. The image

July 2018

The Devastating Effects of Intentional Starvation in Yemen

July 31st, 2018|Categories: Medical Impartiality News|Tags: , , , , |

Yemen’s nearly 27 million people are facing a multitude of crises including terrorism, war, internal displacement, and disease. Outbreaks of cholera, diphtheria, and other contagious diseases are spreading throughout the country. Between 28 September 2016 and 12 March 2018, more than one million suspected cholera cases and 2,385 deaths from the disease were reported in Yemen.

Yemeni Hospitals Under Strain Amid Fuel Crisis

July 23rd, 2018|Categories: Medical Impartiality News|Tags: , , , , |

As the Yemeni civil war enters its third year, a crippled healthcare system is struggling to keep up with what the UN Secretary-General recently described as “the world’s worst humanitarian crisis”. Already unable to provide care for a population overwhelmed by chronic famine, cholera and diphtheria, as well as ongoing airstrikes and fighting, hospitals are

Double Tap Strikes: Deliberate Attacks on First Responders in Syria and Yemen

July 6th, 2018|Categories: Medical Impartiality News|Tags: , , , , , , |

‘Double tap attacks’, or ‘double tap strikes’, refer to the military tactic of launching two successive strikes against the same target. The first strike is intended to eliminate or damage the target, while the second aims to injure or kill medics and others who are responding to the initial attack. In recent years belligerents in

June 2018

Volunteer medic killed along the Gaza-Israel border by Israeli fire

June 7th, 2018|Categories: Medical Impartiality News|Tags: , , , , |

Razan Najjar, a 21-year-old volunteer paramedic, was shot on Friday, 1 June 2018 as she was helping evacuate and treat wounded protestors near the Gaza border with Israel. Najjar had been working for 10 weeks on treating those injured while partaking in the Great March of Return. Gaza health ministry officials said that at least

May 2018

Medical Impartiality Violations during the Great Return March

May 18th, 2018|Categories: Medical Impartiality News|

At least 79 health personnel have been injured and 20 ambulances damaged since the beginning of the “Great Return March” along the Gaza-Israel border. Since the protests began on March 30, Israeli forces had killed more than 60 Palestinians in the coastal enclave. More than 2,000 people were wounded, including at least 1,359 wounded with

Medical Negligence Kills Incarcerated Omani Activist

May 18th, 2018|Categories: Medical Impartiality News|

Online activist Hassan Al-Basham died on 28 April 2018 while serving a three-year sentence in Samail Central Prison in Oman after he experienced a sharp drop in his blood sugar levels. Omani authorities did not provide him with timely medical attention. Al-Basham was convicted in 2016 on charges including “insulting the Sultan" and "the use

Prisoners of conscience denied access to health care in Bahrain

May 18th, 2018|Categories: Medical Impartiality News|

Since an escape from Bahrain’s Jau Prison in January 2017, prison officials have intensified repressive control measures at the facility. Authorities arbitrarily cancel hospital appointments and often prevent detainees from accessing medical care unless they wear a uniform with shackles and consent to an invasive strip search. Such policies have interfered with access to treatment for at least

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