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November 2018

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

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,

August 2018

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

June 2018

Volunteer medic killed along the Gaza-Israel border by Israeli fire

June 7th, 2018|Categories: Medical Impartiality News|Tags: , , , , |

Razan Najjar, a 21-year-old volunteer paramedic, was shot on Friday, 1 June 2018 as she was helping evacuate and treat wounded protestors near the Gaza border with Israel. Najjar had been working for 10 weeks on treating those injured while partaking in the Great March of Return. Gaza health ministry officials said that at least

January 2018

Restrictions on freedom of movement hinder Palestinians’ access to health care

January 30th, 2018|Categories: Medical Impartiality News|Tags: , , , , |

Barriers to freedom of movement imposed by Israel are delaying and preventing Palestinian patients from accessing urgent treatment. Factors including checkpoints throughout the West Bank, and the Gaza blockade, hamper access to treatment for patients. Checkpoints Patients traveling from the West Bank to East Jerusalem for treatment undergo a back-to-back ambulance transfer process, during which

Obstruction of Medical Assistance in the West Bank

January 19th, 2018|Categories: papers, Reports|Tags: , , , , , |

Throughout the occupied West Bank, Israeli officers have reportedly interfered with the work of medical teams by obstructing their access to the injured, and some patients died as a result. Israeli forces have also attacked medics and ambulances. In 2016, the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) documented 26 assaults on medics and ambulance teams and

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

March 2017

DMI welcomes HRC34 resolutions and regrets the update on Yemen

March 31st, 2017|Categories: Medical Impartiality News|Tags: , , , , |

The United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) is the only intergovernmental organization responding to all human rights violations in the world by exposing violators and calling for change. HRC can prevent human rights disasters from spreading, and hold States accountable for violating human rights, including the right to health and medical impartiality. The HRC held

January 2017

Israel Restricts Civilian’s Access to Medical Treatment in Gaza

January 5th, 2017|Categories: Medical Impartiality News|Tags: , , , |

Due to the Israeli blockade on the Gaza Strip since 2007, restrictions imposed by the Government of Israel on both people and goods in Gaza has resulted in the lack of adequate funds needed to maintain its healthcare sector. Since 2014, the Ministry of Health in Gaza, Palestine, has reported shortages regarding medications and disposable

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