Mona and Samir, a new chance
In August 2014, ISIS attacked the Iraqi town of Sinjar, targeting the Yezidi community. They executed men and abducted thousands women and children.  Mona and Samir, a mother and son. were amongst them.  Soon, 8 year-old Samir was separated from his mother.   Mona was sold as a slave in Mosul, and subjected to two years of physical, sexual, and emotional violence before her rela­tives found her and paid for her freedom. To protect her, they took her to Chamesku camp in northern Iraq. When we first met her, Mona was distressed and traumatised from her experiences and suffered horrible ...
Source: Doctors of the World News - January 11, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Martina Villa Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

Gul, 63 – Testimony of Rohingya
As soon as she started talking, tears came to her eyes. If it is too painful, if it brings bad memories to you, you do not have to talk. When I told her these words, she said she wanted to talk, she wanted to bear witness. She works as a TBA (Traditional Birth Attendant) for an INGO. As a Rohingya woman she has less opportunities to go outside than men, but she has a strong will. In her own words she explained what the Rohingya Identity is.   Everyone got scattered on that day. I do not know where my family is. I ran away with my neighbours to Bangladesh. And, Ah, my son and father-in-law were killed by the army and ...
Source: Doctors of the World News - January 1, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Martina Villa Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

Ali 43, Shobeer 30, Dil 63 -Testimony of Rohingya
Three men. As we were discussing how Rohingya people had been deprived of their identity, their calm and gentle expression changed completely. They started to get very talkative and everyone was talking at the same time. About half a month after listening to their story, there was a demonstration aiming to put the name Rohingya on the ID issued for the camp. “Rohingya people”. The name is now denied by both Bangladesh and the international community. Demonstrations are manifestations of their anger.   Ali, 43 I am grateful to the government of Bangladesh. Nobody was there to help those who helped me when ...
Source: Doctors of the World News - December 31, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Martina Villa Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

Husson, 30 – Testimony of Rohingya
On his way to Bangladesh, Husson saw a crying boy whose parents had just been killed. He looked after the boy with his family all the way to Bangladesh. The boy is said to have become an important member of the family now. It is hard to believe that Husson has faced such unimaginable violence and persecution. But occasionally, angry feelings mix up with his tranquil appearance and gentle talk.   I have been working as a volunteer for Doctors of the World since January this year. Now, what we need in the camp here is a school, as education for children is particularly necessary. There are places to play and study where...
Source: Doctors of the World News - December 30, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Martina Villa Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

Shamshu, 25 – Testimony of Rohingya
A divorced woman who lives alone risks much more to live in harsh poverty than one in a household where a man lives. When asked: “What do you need?” She replied: “I have nothing at all, I need everything”. Generally, Rohingya women rarely go outside on their own and do not talk to strangers. Hence, it is hard for supporting services to reach women’s only families. Shamshu has been traumatized, she is anxious and alone. Everything she says is negative, it gives me the sad impression that she has giving up on life.   I came here a year ago. What I am having most troubles with in my life now...
Source: Doctors of the World News - December 29, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Martina Villa Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

Muhammad, 11 – Testimony of Rohingya
While listening to the story of an 11-year-old boy who never showed a smile, I wondered if he was at the age when a teen’s voice changes, as his voice sounded hoarse. To questions, he would spend time thinking before answering. His father was shot dead in front of him, and the boy himself had to shoot bullets before escaping and running away to Bangladesh. In what state of mind did he cross the river and the mountains? At the camp he looks after his 6 young brothers, because there are no more adult men in his family. The shelter where they live is nothing more than that of other families, they live in extreme pover...
Source: Doctors of the World News - December 28, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Martina Villa Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

Jahida, 17 – Testimony of Rohingya
It is said that half of the camps refugees are children. Minors who lost their parents and families or got lost. She is 17 years old, and still has a little girls’ voice. To the question: What kind of job would like to do? She answers joyfully: “I would want to work in any kind of field, as long as the opportunity presents itself I would do anything. But I really like clothes so if it could be possible I would like to work with clothes”   I arrived in Bangladesh in December 2017. My father died before August 25, 2017 and my mother was killed during the riots last August. I do not know who killed her,...
Source: Doctors of the World News - December 27, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Martina Villa Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

Testimony of Rohingya
On August 25, 2017, Myanmar Army conducted violent raids in Rakhine State (Western Myanmar). The number of people who fled to Bangladesh exceeded 700,000, crossing the border from Western Rakhine State, where Rohingya live, to Bangladesh. 700,000 people escaped a large-scale sweeping operation to save their lives.   They became refugees, leaving behind their past and present life, for a future that is mostly uncertain. Girls never talk about their future dreams, they do not even grasp the meaning of the question. Women who underwent big trauma are still frightened. Men tormented because they cannot protect their famil...
Source: Doctors of the World News - December 26, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Martina Villa Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

Medical establishment joins together against harmful NHS charging policy
Following a string of media reports revealing the harm caused by NHS charging to Doctors of the World patients and others, the Royal College of Physicians (RCP), Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH), the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and the Faculty of Public Health (FPH) have today joined together to call for a suspension of the charging regulations pending an independent review.   In doing so, they’ve joined other voices, including the British Medical Association Council Chair, Dr Chaand Nagpaul and Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, Jonathan Ashworth, who have ...
Source: Doctors of the World News - December 20, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Martina Villa Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

Amending, suspending, unending – sharing patient data and the journey of the MoU
Ella Johnson is Doctors of the World’s UK Policy and Advocacy Officer. In early 2017 a journalist submitted a Freedom of Information Request (FOI) asking for clarity on data-sharing practices between the Home Office and the NHS. The FOI revealed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that described a channel of communication between the Department of Health – responsible for the health of individuals and the wider public – and the Home Office – responsible for identifying and deporting people living in the UK who find themselves undocumented. Without the knowledge or consent of doctors and nurses, the ...
Source: Doctors of the World News - December 20, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Martina Villa Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

International medical activists celebrate Universal Health Coverage Day
Today and tomorrow, international activists and advocates will gather in London to share ideas and opportunities in the fight for better healthcare access.   With funding from the EUAID Volunteers initiative, Doctors of the World UK have organised the conference to mark Universal Health Coverage Day and bring together medical and civil society professionals to share ideas for healthcare advocacy.   The event will explore the challenges and solutions to equitable healthcare for everyone, regardless of their immigration status, socioeconomic status or any other characteristic. It will have and skills and learning f...
Source: Doctors of the World News - December 11, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Martina Villa Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

UK ’s human rights regulator calls for “clear separation” between immigration policies and healthcare
Drawing on research coproduced with Doctor of the World and Imperial College London, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) called on the Government to stop sharing NHS patient data with the Home Office and to end the policy of charging refused asylum seekers exorbitantly high costs to access healthcare in England.  The regulator argued that a separation between healthcare and immigration enforcement was needed in order to uphold the UK’s human rights obligations.   Rebecca Hilsenrath, Chief Executive of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, said: “People seeking and refused asylum are li...
Source: Doctors of the World News - November 29, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: dotw.admin Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

Doctors of the World has been chosen by The BMJ for its Christmas appeal
The British Medical Journal is supporting the life saving work  of volunteer doctors who help the most vulnerable patients wherever they are; from Bangladesh to Bethnal Green, from Yemen to the Ukraine and much more. Your donation to the BMJ Christmas Appeal could feed families in Yemen, or help pregnant women give safe births in the UK, or Syrian refugees with mental health services in Jordan. Making sure nobody suffers or dies because they can’t access health care. Thank you Why are we raising funds? We believe that nobody should suffer or die because they can’t access healthcare. Yes, many people, a...
Source: Doctors of the World News - November 28, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: dotw.admin Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

Day One #SafeBirths – Bettina
The Women and Children’s Clinic – A Midwife’s Perspective Bettina is a volunteer midwife at the Women and Children’s Clinic in our London Clinic. She is a qualified midwife and has been with Doctors of the World for a number of years. As a midwife the fact that the simplest definition of the word is to be “with woman” means a lot to me. It was a key factor in my decision to choose midwifery as a career and to this day prospective midwifery students will probably not get a training place unless they mention “women-centered care” a couple of times during their interview. I star...
Source: Doctors of the World News - November 23, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: dotw.admin Tags: Uncategorised #SafeBirths Source Type: news