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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

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

Yemen: Escalating Hostilities and Famine Threaten Lives of Pregnant Women

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

The humanitarian crisis in Yemen is the worst in the world, with 75% of the population requiring some form of assistance and protection. The country is additionally grappling with a widespread cholera outbreak and the looming threat of famine. Yemen has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the region. In 2015, approximately 385

The Crisis of the al-Rukban Refugee ‘Death’ Camp

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

During the week of 16 December 2018, two babies under the age of six months passed away in al-Rukban refugee camp due to freezing temperatures and lack of necessary supplies. The United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) asserts that the lack of readiness in the camp, which is located in an inhospitable area in

November 2018

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

What the US decision to cut funds to UNRWA could mean for Palestinian refugees

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

For nearly 70 years, The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) has delivered lifesaving assistance to more than five million Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and the occupied territories. The agency allocates 17% of its budget in order to safeguard the health of the refugees and

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,

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