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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

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

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

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,

July 2018

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

March 2018

Detained journalists in Egypt denied access to health care

March 22nd, 2018|Categories: papers, Reports|Tags: , , , , |

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, more than half of the 20 detained journalists in Egypt are in poor health. Multiple reports document the systematic interference with access to health care inside Egyptian detention facilities. In June 2014, the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights published a report  titled “Health in Egyptian Prisons: a field

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

April 2017

Syria: Attacks on medical facilities continue in 2017 despite international measures

April 28th, 2017|Categories: papers|Tags: , , , , , , |

Since March 2011, Syria has seen increased rate of attacks on medical facilities, services and infrastructure. Health care has become a weapon of war, and targeting medics a strategy. Between March 2011 and December 2016, there were no less than 411 attacks on medical facilities and personnel. At least 814 medical workers have been killed

South Sudan: Health care system about to collapse

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

The United Nations reported that starvation has affected some 100,000 people since the beginning of the civil conflict that erupted in December 2013 between the government and opposition forces  in South Sudan, and famine is threatening around one million. This conflict has not spared the health sector as recently intensified attacks on hospitals and health

Iraqi Government is reducing medical supplies to the Kurdistan Region, breaching the right to health

April 12th, 2017|Categories: Medical Impartiality News|Tags: , , , , |

Since the start of Mosul Offensive in Iraq on 17 October 2016, over 10,340 injured civilians and Iraqi security forces have been receiving medical treatment in the Kurdistan region’s hospitals. In March 2017, the Iraqi Government decided to reduce the amount of medical supplies allocated to the Kurdistan region. The Kurdistan Regional Government denounced the

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