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December 2018

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: , , , , , , , , , |

In 2014, a number of Syrian refugees encamped to the remote area of al-Rukban located near the extreme northeast of Jordan. Four years later, in October 2018, the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) estimated that the population of the camp had reached 45,000, 80% of whom are women and children. However, this number

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

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,

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

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

January 2018

More than 600 patients remain trapped in Eastern Ghouta

January 9th, 2018|Categories: Medical Impartiality News|Tags: , , , , |

Between 27 and 29 December 2017, 29 patients in critical condition were evacuated from Eastern Ghouta to Damascus as part of a deal made with the Syrian government on 26 December. The list included 18 children and 4 women suffering from heart disease, cancer, kidney failure and blood diseases. Of the initially approved names, nine

December 2017

Saudi Arabia agrees to re-open port of Hodeidah – What Next?

December 26th, 2017|Categories: Medical Impartiality News|Tags: , , , , , , |

On 6 November 2017, the Saudi-led coalition ordered the temporary closure of Yemen’s key northern ports, blocking the provision of life-saving assistance to people in desperate need. This has led to shortages of food and an increase in its prices by 28 percent. The tightening of the blockade also cut off supplies of fuel needed

Peace talks collapse as violations of UN resolution 2254 continue

December 22nd, 2017|Categories: Medical Impartiality News|Tags: , , , , , |

In a statement made on 14 December 2017, the UN envoy for Syria, Staffan De Mistura, described the eighth round of UN-brokered talks on Syria as a “golden opportunity missed.” During the talks, De Mistura called on both sides to adhere to UN Security Council resolution 2254, which calls, among other things, for efforts to

October 2017

Libya’s Government Must Find Alternatives to Migrant Detention

October 23rd, 2017|Categories: Medical Impartiality News|Tags: , , , , , |

The conditions of migrant detention in Libya have gradually worsened over the past year. In April 2018, UNHCR reported that it could only visit 19 out of the 33 Libyan migrant detention centers regularly. All four facilities located on the southern side of the country were inaccessible due to security reasons after violent conflict broke

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