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December 2018

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

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

July 2018

The Devastating Effects of Intentional Starvation in Yemen

July 31st, 2018|Categories: Medical Impartiality News|Tags: , , , , |

Yemen’s nearly 27 million people are facing a multitude of crises including terrorism, war, internal displacement, and disease. Outbreaks of cholera, diphtheria, and other contagious diseases are spreading throughout the country. Between 28 September 2016 and 12 March 2018, more than one million suspected cholera cases and 2,385 deaths from the disease were reported in Yemen.

Yemeni Hospitals Under Strain Amid Fuel Crisis

July 23rd, 2018|Categories: Medical Impartiality News|Tags: , , , , |

As the Yemeni civil war enters its third year, a crippled healthcare system is struggling to keep up with what the UN Secretary-General recently described as “the world’s worst humanitarian crisis”. Already unable to provide care for a population overwhelmed by chronic famine, cholera and diphtheria, as well as ongoing airstrikes and fighting, hospitals are

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

December 2017

Saudi Arabia agrees to re-open port of Hodeidah – What Next?

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

On 6 November 2017, the Saudi-led coalition ordered the temporary closure of Yemen’s key northern ports, blocking the provision of life-saving assistance to people in desperate need. This has led to shortages of food and an increase in its prices by 28 percent. The tightening of the blockade also cut off supplies of fuel needed

October 2017

Yemen’s Cholera Outbreak: A Treatable Disease Turns Into A Humanitarian Disaster

October 11th, 2017|Categories: Medical Impartiality News|Tags: , , , , , |

Update on 31 October, 2018  Yemen’s cholera outbreak, which has been deemed the worst in the world, is worsening again. According to the latest data from the World Health Organization (WHO), roughly 10,000 suspected cases are now being reported every week, 30% of which are children under five-years-old. Yemen has seen an increase in the

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

May 2017

Attacks on Health Go Unpunished since Passing of Security Council Resolution 2286, says SHCC report

May 4th, 2017|Categories: Medical Impartiality News|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

One year after the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 2286, attacks on health workers, services, and infrastructure continue with impunity. In its report entitled Impunity Must End, the Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition documents attacks on health care in 23 countries. Released on the first anniversary of the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2286,

March 2017

DMI calls for impartial investigations into human rights abuses in Yemen at HRC34

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

The nearly two-year conflict in Yemen has killed an estimated 10,000 civilians and wounded 40,000 others. The conflict has caused the destruction of the country’s major infrastructure and prompted serious threats to life. According to the United Nations (U.N.), an estimated 18.8 million Yemenis are in need of assistance or protection in order to meet

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