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March 2019

Jordan: Ever Rising Medical Costs and its Impact on Refugees

March 6th, 2019|Categories: Medical Impartiality News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Syrian refugees in Jordan are more frequently finding themselves in life-threatening situations as they struggle to pay off their medical bills. Following the Jordanian government’s decision to end the subsidization of refugees’ healthcare costs, refugees with medical conditions, especially chronic diseases, now face greater challenges. Between 2012 and 2014, Syrian refugees in Jordan received free

February 2019

Storm “Norma” Brings Syrian Refugees in Lebanon Rain, Snow, and Death

February 28th, 2019|Categories: Medical Impartiality News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

On 8 January 2019, storm Norma hit Lebanon and the 360 settlement sites hosting Syrian refugee communities, affecting more than 11,300 people, including 6,000 children, amid slow responses from organizations offering aid to those in need. The extreme weather conditions resulted in roadblocks to and from the already overcrowded and unorganized camps. This worsened matters

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

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

November 2018

Fawziya Mashallah Haji: Bahrain’s Oldest Female Political Prisoner Denied Medical Care

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

At the age of 56, Fawziya Mashallah Haji is currently being detained in Bahrain’s main women’s prison in Isa Town, making her the oldest female political prisoner in Bahrain. She has and continues to suffer from ill treatment in prison, including the denial of medical care by Bahraini prison authorities. On 15 December 2017, a

Confined and Contaminated: the Gaza Strip’s Longstanding Water Crisis

November 1st, 2018|Categories: Medical Impartiality News|Tags: , , , , , , , |

In July 2017, five-year-old Mohammad al-Sayis died in the Gaza Strip after ingesting contaminated water while swimming in seawater polluted with sewage. Dozens of others had reportedly been hospitalized after swimming in Gaza’s seawater during the months of July and August 2018, including Mohammad’s brothers. This incident shed light on the severe health risks associated

October 2018

The devastating humanitarian impact of Tripoli’s escalating violence

October 4th, 2018|Categories: Medical Impartiality News|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

After more than a week of violent confrontations, a ceasefire brokered by the United Nations (UN) was agreed upon between all armed groups in Libya’s capital, Tripoli, on 4 September 2018. The country has been in turmoil since the start of the civil war in 2011, and the violence has directly impacted the healthcare system,

September 2018

Fighting Cancer under Blockade: Gazan patients restricted from accessing needed treatment

September 13th, 2018|Categories: Medical Impartiality News|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Eleven years into the siege, the Israeli-led blockade has detrimentally crippled the healthcare system inside Gaza and impacted the lives of over 8,000 cancer patients seeking treatment, who describe themselves as “patients awaiting their death”. On 11 August 2018, the Gaza Ministry of Health declared the halting of all chemotherapy treatments, putting 8,260 cancer patients,

August 2018

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

January 2018

Raiding health facilities is never justified

January 26th, 2018|Categories: Medical Impartiality News|Tags: , , , , |

Between July and October 2017, Israeli forces have reportedly carried out at least four raids on hospitals in the occupied West Bank. On 17 July, around 30 Israeli soldiers raided Al Makassed Hospital in East Jerusalem, searching for a 19-year-old injured Palestinian. On 21 July, Israeli soldiers stormed the same hospital in the pursuit of

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