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December 2018

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

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

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

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

August 2018

Mosul’s Healthcare System in Ruins

August 27th, 2018|Categories: Medical Impartiality News|Tags: , , , , , |

On 9 July 2017, Iraqi forces officially ended the conflict in Mosul by retaking the city from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (also known as Daesh). Nevertheless, Mosul’s infrastructure and healthcare system remain in shambles long after the violence abated, with reconstruction efforts undergoing a slow pace as large swathes of Iraq attempt

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

October 2017

Yemen’s Cholera Outbreak: A Treatable Disease Turns Into A Humanitarian Disaster

October 11th, 2017|Categories: Medical Impartiality News|Tags: , , , , , |

Update on 31 October, 2018  Yemen’s cholera outbreak, which has been deemed the worst in the world, is worsening again. According to the latest data from the World Health Organization (WHO), roughly 10,000 suspected cases are now being reported every week, 30% of which are children under five-years-old. Yemen has seen an increase in the

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