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December 2017

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

One year later, Egypt continues to deny medical treatment to detained journalist

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

20 December 2017 marks the one-year anniversary of Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein’s detention in Egypt. Hussein, 51 years old, is in need of urgent surgical intervention for a double fracture in his left elbow. Hussein injured his arm while being held at Tora Prison. According to his family, the prison administration denied Hussein his

August 2017

PRCS-Affiliated Hospitals in Lebanon: Barriers to Health Care Delivery (Summary)

August 24th, 2017|Categories: Medical Impartiality News|Tags: , , , |

In Lebanon, five Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) hospitals provide health services to Palestinian refugees. In June 2017, Defenders for Medical Impartiality (DMI) conducted a field mission in Lebanon to research and document the barriers to delivery of health care inside Palestinian refugee camps. DMI held in-person meetings with general managers of Haifa Hospital in

Effect of Power Cuts on Gaza’s Health Sector

August 18th, 2017|Categories: papers|Tags: , , , , |

Power outages in Gaza increased from 14 hours a day in January 2017 to 18 hours in May to an all-time high of 21 hours a day in July. The strip’s energy crisis stems from a dispute over fuel taxes between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority in April. In addition to the impact on the

PRCS-Affiliated Hospitals in Lebanon: Barriers to Health Care Delivery

August 14th, 2017|Categories: papers|Tags: , , , , |

There are five Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) hospitals in Lebanon that offer health care for Palestinian refugees. Those five hospitals are Haifa Hospital in Burj Barajneh camp in the Southern suburbs of Beirut, Safad Hospital in Beddawi camp in North Lebanon, Balsam Hospital in Rashidieh camp in South Lebanon, Al Hamshari Hospital in Saida

July 2017

Parties to the Conflict Continue to Attack Medical Aid in Yemen

July 14th, 2017|Categories: Medical Impartiality News|Tags: , , , , , |

Several attacks have led to the partial or complete destruction of medical facilities in Yemen. UNICEF, between March 2015 and December 2016, confirmed 93 attacks on hospitals alone. Medical personnel have been threatened, injured, and killed during the conflict, driving some of them outside the country. This has resulted in 15 million Yemenis lacking access

June 2017

Tunisia: A public health sector on the verge of collapse

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

Health is a primary human right that states are obligated to ensure by providing the highest standards of healthcare to their citizens. In Tunisia, the public health sector continues to deteriorate, preventing citizens from accessing proper treatment. The lack of hygiene inside hospitals can severely endanger the lives of patients. Witness testimony of a visitor

May 2017

Power Shortage in Gaza Undermines Healthcare System

May 29th, 2017|Categories: Medical Impartiality News|Tags: , , , , |

Locked between Egypt’s Rafah crossing and the Israeli border – the main entry point for fuel and power – Gaza has been suffering from a severe power crisis that has only intensified so far this year. The city’s main power plant ran out of fuel this April, leaving two million citizens with only six hours

Humanitarian Aid to the Sahrawis: An Opportunity for Embezzlement?

May 19th, 2017|Categories: Medical Impartiality News|Tags: , , , |

The Western Sahara is a former Spanish colony previously known as the Spanish Desert. Since 1975, the Saharan Arab Democratic Republic, led by the Polisario Front, has been locked in a conflict with Morocco over that territory. The conflict has led to a significant influx of refugees to Algeria who settled in five camps in

Iraq: prisoners denied access to vital medical assistance

May 16th, 2017|Categories: Medical Impartiality News|Tags: , , , , |

Inside Baghdad’s al-Taji jail and al-Nasseriya jail in the southern Dhi Qar province in Iraq, prisoners accused of terrorism infractions have been detained without trial since 2005. For almost 12 years, the authorities have violated these detainees’ rights to a speedy and fair trial. Inmates in these two prisons are regularly denied  access to medicine

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