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December 2018

The Appalling Appraisal of The Recent Attacks on Health Care in Syria

December 27th, 2018|Categories: papers, Reports|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Introduction Amongst the past seven years of conflict during the ongoing Syrian civil war, 2018 was the least lethal for civilians, with a death toll of 6,228 persons as reported by the Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR). However, the diminution of civilian deaths does not imply a decrease in violence. Indeed, more than 20

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

The Crisis of the al-Rukban Refugee ‘Death’ Camp

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

During the week of 16 December 2018, two babies under the age of six months passed away in al-Rukban refugee camp due to freezing temperatures and lack of necessary supplies. The United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) asserts that the lack of readiness in the camp, which is located in an inhospitable area in

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,

July 2018

The Criminalization of Healthcare – Report Summary

July 13th, 2018|Categories: Reports|Tags: , , , , , |

A recently published report examines the ways in which domestic legal frameworks are negatively affecting medical impartiality around the world. Under the auspices of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the enjoyment of the right to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, researchers at the University of Essex and John’s Hopkins University

Double Tap Strikes: Deliberate Attacks on First Responders in Syria and Yemen

July 6th, 2018|Categories: Medical Impartiality News|Tags: , , , , , , |

‘Double tap attacks’, or ‘double tap strikes’, refer to the military tactic of launching two successive strikes against the same target. The first strike is intended to eliminate or damage the target, while the second aims to injure or kill medics and others who are responding to the initial attack. In recent years belligerents in

February 2018

2018 January Attacks on health facilities in Syria

February 26th, 2018|Categories: Medical Impartiality News|Tags: , , , |

In January 2018, the rate of attacks on health facilities in Syria was one every 24 hours. This rate is higher than that in January 2017, where one attack was reported every three days. On 2 January, at 5 p.m., three airstrikes forced the Al Magara Cave Hospital in Kafr Zeita in rural Hama out of

January 2018

Syria: Attacks on health in 2017

January 12th, 2018|Categories: Medical Impartiality News|Tags: , , , , , , , |

In 2017, parties to the conflict in Syria were responsible for 243 attacks on medical, civil defense and Red Crescent facilities, killing 112 personnel. According to the Syrian Network for Human Rights, the Syrian government and its Russian ally targeted 84 medical facilities, 34 ambulances, four Red Crescent facilities and 87 civil defense centers. It

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

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

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