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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

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

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

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