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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

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

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

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,

Violations of Right to Health in Kurdistan

September 6th, 2018|Categories: papers, Reports|Tags: , , , , , , |

Introduction In February 2018, a team from the Defenders for Medical Impartiality (DMI), with the European Centre for Democracy and Human Rights (ECDHR), undertook a field mission to the Kurdistan region of Iraq, also known as Iraqi Kurdistan. The team visited Erbil and Duhok provinces where they conducted in-person meetings with representatives of local 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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