Doctors of the World launches project to improve access to COVID-19 vaccines
Doctors of the World UK (DOTW) has launched a project to ensure that everyone in the UK has access to COVID-19 vaccines, regardless of immigration status. As well as producing translated COVID-19 information resources, DOTW will play a proactive advocacy and coordination role in the roll-out of the UK’s vaccination programme, under its new COVID-19 Vaccine Advocacy Project. It is essential that everyone living in the UK is included in this programme, regardless of immigration status, both from a public health perspective and a moral one. But some communities face being missed in the roll-out. At the sharp en...
Source: Doctors of the World News - February 4, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Kim Vlasic Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

Five ways you can help people access healthcare (and feel good) during Lockdown 3.0
England is in lockdown again. With the constant upheaval and uncertainty, it’s easy to feel powerless and overwhelmed. That’s why we wanted to let you know how Doctors of the World is responding and what you can do to help people who will need to see a doctor during this time. With many businesses closed and health services under pressure amid rising COVID-19 cases, it’s even harder for the most vulnerable and at-risk people in our communities to access healthcare and support. Doctors of the World’s services will continue to operate as they have done since March. The advice line will remai...
Source: Doctors of the World News - January 15, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Kim Vlasic Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

Seven moments that mattered in 2020
Whatever your experience of COVID-19 has been, it’s undeniable that we and the world we live in have been altered irrevocably. What hasn’t changed is Doctors of the World’s determination to ensure universal and equitable access to healthcare, both at home and abroad. As we begin a new year, the pandemic continues to hit the most vulnerable in our society hardest. Health and social inequalities have widened. New barriers to healthcare have emerged, with the rapid shift to online healthcare leaving those without the means to access it cut off from vital care and support. Our staff, volunteers an...
Source: Doctors of the World News - December 23, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Kim Vlasic Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

International Migrants Day: The young refugee women spreading hope and acceptance
Shaima is a young refugee woman from Afghanistan. GMD was born in Angola and dreams of becoming a civil engineer. Sumia is 19 and from Balochistan, a region divided among Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iran. She loves art and trying new things. Together these three young women are spreading hope and acceptance at a time when we need it most, as millions in the UK prepare for tougher restrictions amid rising COVID-19 cases, and on International Migrants Day. “I hope the new year (2021) start with lots of joys and a life filled with happiness. May this new year bring a peaceful and healthy life.” – ...
Source: Doctors of the World News - December 18, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Kim Vlasic Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

Many migrants are struggling to access remote HIV tests – but we can work together to help them
This article originally appeared in The Independent. The post Many migrants are struggling to access remote HIV tests – but we can work together to help them appeared first on Doctors of the World. (Source: Doctors of the World News)
Source: Doctors of the World News - December 1, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Britney Sacopon Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

Born in exile
Doctors of the World (DOTW) is delivering vital medical care and humanitarian aid on the Greek island of Lesvos, where thousands of vulnerable men, women, and children live in refugee camps. Earlier this month, our team was called to a medical emergency… There were dramatic scenes on Lesvos as a woman started going into labour in the new refugee camp built in the wake of September’s wildfires. The medical facilities in the camp are far from sophisticated but as the umbilical cord was wrapped around the baby, there was no time to wait for an ambulance to take the mother to the hospital. Fortunately, ou...
Source: Doctors of the World News - November 27, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Britney Sacopon Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

Press release: Doctors call for closure of military barracks housing asylum seekers amid health concerns
Housing asylum seekers and survivors of torture and modern slavery in military barracks during a global pandemic is clinically inappropriate and puts migrant lives and public health at risk, warn UK healthcare professionals. They have written to the Secretary of State for the Home Office and Secretary of State for Health and Social Care to urge them to close barracks housing asylum seekers in England and Wales amid growing concern about conditions in the camps, residents’ complex health needs and poor access to healthcare, and the lack of COVID-19 measures in place. The joint letter has been coordinated by Doct...
Source: Doctors of the World News - November 26, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Kim Vlasic Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

Five ways you can help people access healthcare (and feel good) during Lockdown 2.0
England is in lockdown again. With the constant upheaval and uncertainty, it’s easy to feel powerless and overwhelmed. That’s why we wanted to let you know how Doctors of the World is responding and what you can do to help people who will need to see a doctor during this time. With many businesses closed and health services under pressure amid rising COVID-19 cases, it’s even harder for the most vulnerable and at-risk people in our communities to access healthcare and support. Doctors of the World’s services will continue to operate as they have done since March. The advice line will remai...
Source: Doctors of the World News - November 12, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Kim Vlasic Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

Baby boxes: A lifeline for vulnerable mums
Can you imagine having to choose between eating dinner or buying nappies for your baby? This is the harsh reality facing many of Doctors of the World’s (DOTW) pregnant patients, who are among the most marginalised women in the country. “So many of our pregnant service users experience extreme hardship and have to make stark choices between such things as having an evening meal or buying nappies or a sleep suit for the baby,” said Bettina, a midwife and long-time DOTW volunteer. Bettina and her colleagues at the Women and Children’s Clinic support hundreds of women and their families each year,...
Source: Doctors of the World News - October 30, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Kim Vlasic Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

Press release: New report reveals the devastating impact of NHS charging on migrants in vulnerable circumstances
This report shows that in the UK, medical care charges are being applied to those least able to pay – people who are homeless and destitute, people who already struggle to afford to feed themselves,” she said. “At best, the NHS charging policy is problematic, unworkable in practice, and a poor use of NHS resources. At worst, it is reckless and a threat to patient and public health, and the UK’s commitments to achieve universal healthcare coverage.” Ms Miller said the Hospital Access Project audit adds compelling evidence to the urgent calls from the Hands Up for Our Health campaign – lau...
Source: Doctors of the World News - October 14, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Britney Sacopon Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

Coalition calls for the immediate suspension of NHS charging to prevent more COVID-19 deaths over the winter
Charging migrants for hospital services is putting lives and public health at risk, and could undermine the UK’s COVID-19 response, warns a coalition of academics, non-governmental organisations, professional bodies and people with lived experience of healthcare exclusion. Today, Doctors of the World UK (DOTW), Lancet Migration: global collaboration to advance migration health, and the Faculty of Public Health (FPH) are launching a coalition campaign to call for universal and equitable access to NHS services during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. More than 30 organisations have already joined the Hands Up for Our H...
Source: Doctors of the World News - October 6, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Britney Sacopon Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

Greece: Doctors of the World helping those affected by fire in Moria camp
Doctors of the World is responding on the Greek island of Lesvos after a large fire at Moria refugee camp overnight. Shelters and health facilities in Moria – Greece’s largest refugee camp – were destroyed in the blaze. More than 12,000 men, women and children are now homeless and in dire need of humanitarian assistance, while 37 people with confirmed COVID-19 are missing. Moria refugee camp was destroyed by fire overnight. Photo credit: @th_voulgarakis Doctors of the World runs healthcare programmes at Kara Tepe camp, the overflow site for Moria on Lesvos. Our field coordinator on Lesvos, C...
Source: Doctors of the World News - September 9, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Kim Vlasic Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

Part 2: How I ’m helping rough sleepers in London access healthcare
Continued from Part 1. We come across one rough sleeper we know from our previous outreach work – a gentleman, who we think is somewhere in his 60s. He’s been in the City of London for years and he’s been a rough sleeper, all around London, for decades. He is somebody who doesn’t engage with homeless support services. Often, if anybody approaches him, he starts to walk away straight away, or he’ll start shouting at you asking you to leave. If you do manage to ask him a few questions, he’ll give you a few answers, and then he’ll quickly get very angry and ask you to leave. This gent...
Source: Doctors of the World News - August 14, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Britney Sacopon Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

Part 1: How I ’m helping rough sleepers in London access healthcare
Doctors of the World UK (DOTW) is working to improve rough sleepers’ access to healthcare in the City of London. We have secured new funding from the City of London Corporation to run weekly outreach sessions until July 2021, in partnership with homeless charity St Mungo’s. The service is being led by our mobile clinic coordinator Dr Durga Sivasathiaseelan and follows a successful six-month pilot project. Durga shares her experience returning to the streets of London to support this vulnerable population. The city feels like it’s changed. Pubs, bars and restaurants are open again, and...
Source: Doctors of the World News - August 14, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Britney Sacopon Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

Lebanon: DOTW teams delivering emergency aid and psychological support in Beirut
Doctors of the World (DOTW) is providing emergency aid and psychological support in Beirut, Lebanon, following the deadly explosion on 4 August 2020.  At least 157 people were killed and about 5,000 injured by the blast, which destroyed a large part of the city and left hundreds of thousands homeless.  “…The explosion destroyed three hospitals in the capital and the Lebanese health system is completely overwhelmed,” DOTW’s coordinator in Lebanon, Bernadette Farcy.   DOTW has launched an emergency appeal to help those affected. Please, if you can, support our teams responding in Beiru...
Source: Doctors of the World News - August 10, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Britney Sacopon Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

“You are doing an amazing job”: Swell of support for DOTW’s helpline team
During COVID-19, our helpline team has been working tirelessly to answer calls from vulnerable people across the UK. The advice line is often a patient’s first point of contact and our staff and volunteers ensure they get the support they need, whether that’s help to understand coronavirus guidance, register with a GP, get essential medication, or link up with other services. The pandemic has made it even harder for vulnerable people to access healthcare and demand for our services continues to increase. In June alone, the helpline team supported nearly 200 people. We recently asked our supporters to send the t...
Source: Doctors of the World News - July 31, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Kim Vlasic Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

DOTW calls for UK Government to produce and maintain translated COVID-19 guidance
Doctors of the World UK (DOTW) and over 20 local authorities, public health bodies and non-profit organisations have written to the UK Government to express concern at the lack of COVID-19 public health guidance in languages other than English. This is preventing people in England who do not speak or read English well from accessing essential public health information and limiting their ability to keep themselves, their families, and their communities safe, the group warns. The Greater London Authority and Faculty of Public Health are among 29 signatories to the letter spearheaded by DOTW and sent to Secretary of State for...
Source: Doctors of the World News - July 28, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Britney Sacopon Tags: Uncategorised coronavirus letter pandemic public health translated guidance UK government Source Type: news

Rohingya refugee crisis: “I want to be educated and become a doctor”
Doctors of the World/Médecins du Monde is responding to COVID-19 in the sprawling refugee camps of Cox’s Bazar, southeastern Bangladesh, which are home to about one million Rohingya refugees. Our teams work with Rohingya volunteers and our local partner PULSE Bangladesh to improve healthcare in the camps and raise awareness about COVID-19 so that residents can protect themselves. Tasmin (not her real name) is a young Rohingya woman who has volunteered as a youth educator. She shared her story with us, just prior to COVID-19’s arrival in Cox’s Bazar. “We Rohingya are a minority ethnic...
Source: Doctors of the World News - July 3, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Kim Vlasic Tags: Uncategorised COVID-19 health promotion refugee camp refugees Rohingya Rohingya refugee crisis testimony Source Type: news

Why we ’re asking the PM to reverse the DFID-FCO merger
Doctors of the World UK signs an open letter asking the UK Government to reconsider the DFID-FCO merger, which will hurt the world’s poorest. On Monday, 22 June, we joined nearly 200 NGOs and think tanks in writing to Prime Minister Boris Johnson to ask that he reconsider his decision to merge the Department for International Development (DFID) with the Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO). Spearheaded by the British Overseas NGOs for Development (BOND), the open letter highlights DFID’s excellent record on humanitarian assistance and warns the merger risks jeopardising the UK’s global COVID-19 respon...
Source: Doctors of the World News - July 1, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Britney Sacopon Tags: Uncategorised bond DFID goverment letter migrants minister Source Type: news

Refugee Week: 7 ways you can get involved and support refugees
During Refugee Week 2020 (June 15-21), we invite you to support refugees and our work in seven simple ways. These can all be done from the comfort of your home and are inspired by this year’s theme ‘Imagine’. This year, Refugee Week comes amid a global pandemic, which has put health at the forefront of people’s minds. This week is the perfect opportunity to not only celebrate refugees’ contributions and resilience, but also to call for their protection and universal access to healthcare. By following these seven simple steps you can join us in imagining a better world for refugees. 1. See the ...
Source: Doctors of the World News - June 19, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Britney Sacopon Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

“ I did not ask to be born in Venezuela ”
Emmanuel Serrano is a policy and advocacy officer at Doctors of the World UK. He is also a Venezuelan refugee. For years the South American country has been plagued by violence, instability and political turmoil, forcing millions to flee. According to the International Organization for Migration, approximately five million migrants and refugees have left Venezuela in what is one of the world’s biggest recent displacement crises.  Emmanuel has been living in the UK for nearly two years and wanted to share his story. Doctors of the World UK policy and advocacy officer, Emmanuel Serrano. “I d...
Source: Doctors of the World News - June 19, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Kim Vlasic Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

Refugee Week: “ I did not ask to be born in Venezuela ”
Emmanuel Serrano is a policy and advocacy officer at Doctors of the World UK. He is also a Venezuelan refugee. For years the South American country has been plagued by violence, instability and political turmoil, forcing millions to flee. According to the International Organization for Migration, approximately five million migrants and refugees have left Venezuela in what is one of the world’s biggest recent displacement crises.  Emmanual has been living in the UK for nearly two years and wanted to share his story during Refugee Week.  Doctors of the World UK policy and advocacy officer, Emman...
Source: Doctors of the World News - June 19, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Kim Vlasic Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

“I feel privileged to help”: Meet Doctors of the World’s longest-serving volunteer
Fourteen years ago, midwife Bettina Wanninkhof picked up a newspaper article that would kickstart a long and fulfilling career volunteering with Doctors of the World. Bettina has reflected on her many years supporting excluded people to access healthcare during Volunteers’ Week, June 1-7. Bettina Wanninkhof (right) is Doctors of the World’s longest-serving volunteer. How long have you been a midwife? I commenced my midwifery training in 1990 after five years working as a paediatric nurse. I went on to work full-time as a hospital midwife in southwest London until the end of 2004 when I enrolled on ...
Source: Doctors of the World News - June 5, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Kim Vlasic Tags: Uncategorised Doctors of the World support worker volunteer Source Type: news

Joint letter: UK Government must scrap No Recourse to Public Funds policy
Doctors of the World UK joins calls for the No Recourse to Public Funds policy to be scrapped amid rising destitution and demand for services Doctors of the World UK has joined over 40 migrants’ rights organisations in calling for the No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF) policy to be scrapped.   It comes amid increased demand for the charity’s advice line service and following the release of its Rapid Needs Assessment, which found many excluded groups, but particularly those with no recourse to public funds, have been forced into further poverty and destitution during the COVID-19 pandemic. ...
Source: Doctors of the World News - June 2, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Britney Sacopon Tags: Uncategorised asylum seekers goverment letter migrants minister no recourse to public funds nrpf prime Source Type: news

An unsafe distance: the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on excluded People in England
This report shows why we really need a stronger approach to make sure the right, accessible information and the support reach every corner of our community. This is only possible with the right training and awareness,” she said.   “It offers a unique reflection on the new reality created by this disease, and why we need collaboration and inclusion more than ever.”  Recommendations for change The RNA makes 12 recommendations, identifying actions that must be taken to address the identified needs in both the immediate and longer-term.  These include developing and disseminating guidance ...
Source: Doctors of the World News - May 22, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Britney Sacopon Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

Everything You Need to Know About How Coronavirus Is Impacting The Homeless During Lockdown
Donate now and help the homeless during Coronavirus You’ve probably read in the news about the government pledging to house rough sleepers during the Coronavirus crisis. But what does this actually mean and how does it work in practice? Doctors of the World have been working on the streets of London for the last six months and providing medical outreach and support to people who are street homeless. We spoke to Durga, our Mobile Clinic Coordinator and a GP, about the impact of Coronavirus and she answered some common questions. People who are street homeless have been offered rooms in hotels that hav...
Source: Doctors of the World News - April 11, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Craig Linton Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

Doctors of the World – Coronavirus Response
Things are changing on a daily basis and we at Doctors of the World are constantly reviewing our work programme doing everything we can to respond.  We must ensure those in need can access the support they need right now. Over the last week our team have answered calls and helped many people affected by Covid-19. What we’ve already been able to do with everyone’s support. We’re proud of how our volunteers and staff have risen to the challenge of Coronavirus. These are just some of things we’ve been able to do over the last couple of weeks: Translated the official NHS guidance into 48 different ...
Source: Doctors of the World News - April 2, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Britney Sacopon Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

Doctors of the World – Coronoavirus Response
Things are changing on a daily basis and we at Doctors of the World are constantly reviewing our work programme doing everything we can to respond.  We must ensure those in need can access the support they need right now. Over the last week our team have answered calls and helped many people affected by Covid-19. What we’ve already been able to do with everyone’s support. We’re proud of how our volunteers and staff have risen to the challenge of Coronavirus. These are just some of things we’ve been able to do over the last couple of weeks: Translated the official NHS guidance into 36 different ...
Source: Doctors of the World News - April 2, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Britney Sacopon Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

Coronavirus Global Solidarity Fund
“We cannot forget migrants, we cannot forget undocumented workers, we cannot forget prisoners in prisons.” Dr Michael J Ryan, Executive Director, WHO Health Emergencies Programme on why we mustn’t forget the vulnerable and excluded when tackling Coronavirus. Doctors of the World is committed to helping these groups. That’s why today we’ve launched our Coronoavirus Global Solidarity Fund. This emergency fund will help keep our services for the most vulnerable running through, and beyond, the current crisis. Please, if you can, do give today . We’re all worried and a little scared Coronavi...
Source: Doctors of the World News - March 19, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Viran Rajaratnam Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

Coronoavirus Global Solidarity Fund
“We cannot forget migrants, we cannot forget undocumented workers, we cannot forget prisoners in prisons.” Dr Michael J Ryan, Executive Director, WHO Health Emergencies Programme on why we mustn’t forget the vulnerable and excluded when tackling Coronavirus. Doctors of the World is committed to helping these groups. That’s why today we’ve launched our Coronoavirus Global Solidarity Fund. This emergency fund will help keep our services for the most vulnerable running through, and beyond, the current crisis. Please, if you can, do give today . We’re all worried and a little scared Coronavi...
Source: Doctors of the World News - March 19, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Viran Rajaratnam Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

Coronavirus Information
Doctors of the World are really pleased to be able to share with you Coronavirus (Covid 19) advice for patients in 20 languages, which were produced in partnership with the Red Cross, Migrant Help and Clear Voice: Available now: English, Albanian, Dari, French, Pashto, Portuguese Coming VERY soon: Mandarin, Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, Arabic, Spanish, Turkish, Vietnamese,  Farsi You can find them on our google drive here. The guidance is based on the government’s updated advice and health information. We really hope it will help to ensure this important guidance reaches migrant and asylum-seeking communities in the U...
Source: Doctors of the World News - March 13, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Viran Rajaratnam Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

International Women ’s Day 2020: what it means for our clients, volunteers and staff
Claire strikes the #EachforEqual pose – the symbol for IWD 2020 To mark International Women’s Day on Sunday 8 March, we asked to Claire van Nispen tot Pannerden, Women’s and Children’s Project Lead at our London clinic to reflect on what the day means for our patients, clients and staff: “Coordinating the Women and Children’s clinic every Tuesday makes me feels so humble and so grateful. “I have the privilege to meet many women, who are so brave. They have made the decision to ask us for some support. They have made a decision to speak and share a bit of their past with us. A hugel...
Source: Doctors of the World News - March 6, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Viran Rajaratnam Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

Providing healthcare in the streets
One Londoner in fifty is homeless. Whether a person is experiencing street homelessness or is living in temporary shelters, squats, or insecure accommodation, homelessness has a deep impact on physical and mental health. This winter, we are piloting a mobile health service for homeless people in London. We are offering an innovative and flexible solution that can reach them in the streets, parks, shelters and homeless centres. Many people experiencing homelessness will not see a doctor for long periods of time, due to difficulties in registering with a GP, travel distance from the clinic, and fear of stigma. Our volunteer...
Source: Doctors of the World News - February 11, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Martina Villa Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

Salim ’ s Story
Yesterday I met Salim. He was kicking some rocks around in the middle of the forest near his temporary migrant camp in Dunkirk, France. Around him, all that was left of what had been his home for the last two weeks was an extinguished fireplace, a can of beans thrown on the floor, empty bottles of water, and clothes hanging to dry on trees. On Tuesday morning, French riot police had surrounded the camps, evicted the 700 people living there and made some arrests. Scared, Salim ran away with other dispossessed people, deeper into the woods. All he had in the world…a few beans he’d been cooking for his breakfast ...
Source: Doctors of the World News - January 24, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Martina Villa Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

Palestine: obstacles to health in Gaza
“Diana is a newborn baby and the last girl of the Al-Gazaoui family. She has an intolerance to breast milk. The Minister of Health is not capable of offering her the therapeutic milk substitute she needs. The family attempts to buy one but due to the high price and limited demand, there isn’t enough and they can’t even pay for what they need. After they run out of the milk substitute, Diana develops cardiac problems and her health deteriorates rapidly”.   Palestinians in Gaza have to face a maze of obstacles to access secondary health services outside the Gaza Strip. Doctors of the World’...
Source: Doctors of the World News - January 9, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Martina Villa Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

Fears of a Windrush scandal in the NHS for EU citizens
Doctors of the World is extremely concerned about the impact that the Withdrawal Agreement Bill will have on the health of vulnerable EU citizens and public health as a whole. MPs are currently debating the Bill in Parliament. If passed, it will entrench the EU Settlement Application route into UK law. EU nationals and their families will become subjected to the Hostile Environment. This could create a new, larger, Windrush scandal. And the most vulnerable will be facing the higher risks, such as elderly people and people experiencing homelessness. EU nationals who have not been able to apply for pre-settled or settle...
Source: Doctors of the World News - January 9, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Martina Villa Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

Victory: Novartis withdraws an abusive patent for an over-priced cancer medication
On 3 July 2019, Doctors of the World and Public Eye, represented by Lionel Vial, filed a patent opposition at the European Patent Office against a patent covering Kymriah®. Kymriah® is a gene cancer therapy from Novartis, for which the French Social Security is billed €320,000 per patient. The aim was to denounce an abusive patent that aimed to strengthen a monopoly, allowing an exorbitant price to be imposed. At the end of November 2019, Novartis announced that it was withdrawing this patent and asked for it to be revoked. Novartis withdraws one of the patent covering Kymriah®, a victory achieved by&nbs...
Source: Doctors of the World News - December 16, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Martina Villa Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

Hodeidah still most dangerous place in Yemen
One year since Stockholm Agreement, Hodeidah is still most dangerous place in Yemen for civilians. A quarter of all civilian casualties across Yemen in 2019 were recorded in Hodeidah governorate. Despite a ceasefire in the port city being at the heart of last year’s Stockholm Agreement, Hodeidah has seen 799 civilian casualties since the Agreement was signed, the highest toll countrywide.   Families continue to flee for their lives with close to 390,000 Yemenis uprooted from their homes across the country so far in 2019. Half of all those displaced came from just three governorates – Hajjah, Hode...
Source: Doctors of the World News - December 16, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Martina Villa Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

Mobile Clinic team to support people experiencing homelessness
Today, we’re launching a new Mobile Clinic service helping people experiencing homelessness and sleeping rough in the City of London. Volunteer GPs and nurses will offer advice on health conditions, register patients with local GP practices, attend to immediate health needs, provide new socks and gloves and offer screenings for HIV, chlamydia and gonorrhoea. The aim is to work towards sustainable access to healthcare, so that people experiencing homelessness will be able to access mainstream NHS services and rely on them in times of need. We have teamed up with the City of London Corporation, which gov...
Source: Doctors of the World News - December 3, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Martina Villa Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

The gift of healthcare for children
Abdul was just 13 when he arrived in the UK in the back of a lorry. He escaped war in Afghanistan: his father and brother were killed by the Taliban, and Abdul was next.  When Abdul came to us, he still didn’t know the outcome of his asylum application. He’d been living in the streets for four years and was struggling to find his feet in the UK: nightmares, flashbacks, and unimaginable stress.  It is incredibly scary and traumatic to be so far away from home at such a young age. Abdul was so scared of his surroundings that it took him a long time to open up. When he fell from a bench in the park whils...
Source: Doctors of the World News - November 29, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Martina Villa Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

Maternity Charging
Since the introduction of the Hostile Environment, hospitals have had to charge undocumented migrants living in the UK for non-emergency medical care. This includes pregnant women. Bills of £7,000 for the basic maternity package (an uncomplicated pregnancy and delivery) are the norm. Often they are much higher. One of the more shocking cases Doctors of the World supported was a woman sent a bill of £9,600 soon after her 22 week miscarriage. A pregnancy is a great undertaking for all women. But time and time again we see pregnant women at the clinic who delay accessing or avoid visiting hospitals altogether for...
Source: Doctors of the World News - November 13, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Viran Rajaratnam Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

Womens Rights
A woman’s body is her own. Sexual and reproductive rights mean you should be able to make your own decisions about your body and have the right information to assist decision making around: Managing menstruation If you want children Who you want to have children with Contraception and family planning Aborting a pregnancy if it is your wish In the UK thousands of women are being denied these rights. Their status as undocumented migrants means they are fearful of accessing healthcare services so many of us take for granted. These are women who have frequently had traumatic experiences of trafficking, sexual abuse, re...
Source: Doctors of the World News - November 13, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Viran Rajaratnam Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

Hostile Environment
In 2012 Theresa May stated her aim “was to create here in Britain a really hostile environment for illegal migration”. The goal was effectively to make life as difficult as possible for any illegal migrant in the UK to continue living in the country. A year later there was a public outcry when vans drove around the streets of London with slogans reading ‘go home or face arrest’ painted on their sides. Seven years in, Doctors of the World are still fighting for all Hostile Environment policies to be scrapped. They have weaved their way into all public services and further into society. In 2015 laws w...
Source: Doctors of the World News - November 13, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Viran Rajaratnam Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

Migrant Charging
Since 2015 undocumented migrants living in the UK have been charged to access ‘non-urgent’ healthcare. This includes people living with cancer and pregnant women. The costs are calculated at 150% of the cost to the NHS resulting in bills of thousands of pounds. People who can’t pay are being turned away from hospitals. Others agree payment plans but after six months any debt of more than £500, the Home Office has access to their information. Most doctors do not want to play any role in immigration enforcement. They simply want to treat people in need, regardless of their race, religion, nationality,...
Source: Doctors of the World News - November 13, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Viran Rajaratnam Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

Let ’s make sure everyone in Britain can access the healthcare they need
Doctors of the World is an independent humanitarian organisation and we will not stay quiet when it comes to protecting the right to healthcare and the health of our patients, beyond party politics and easy electoral slogans. For the General Election 2019, we put forward our policy recommendations outlining the key changes the next government needs to make to ensure everyone living in the UK can get the healthcare they need. Our recommendations are grounded in our patients’ experience of accessing NHS services. We include eight questions you can ask candidates to better understand their stance on access to healthcare...
Source: Doctors of the World News - November 7, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Martina Villa Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

Northeast Syria Response
Over 180,000 people have had to flee their homes in northeast Syria following a military intervention launched by Turkey. This could include up to 80,000 children. While the need for humanitarian aid has increased dramatically, military operations have forced many humanitarian organisations to evacuate their expatriate personnel and suspend or reduce their provision of services. We have been in the area for two years and are currently supporting the displaced population receive the healthcare support they so desperately need. Despite the difficult circumstances, our teams are currently supporting seven health facilit...
Source: Doctors of the World News - November 1, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Martina Villa Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

“ You are welcome here ”
To celebrate the clinic launch, our supporters have sent over 130 messages to show their solidarity with our patients. For many, the winter months and Christmas are a period of longing for their loved ones, when isolation and loneliness feels the strongest. These heart-warming words of peace, welcome, and support can make patients feel less alone in this difficult time. Thank you for all those who sent in their messages. If you’d like to share yours, you can send it through this link. Here are some of the messages we received:   “I am so pleased that you are able to access health care. I am proud to be par...
Source: Doctors of the World News - November 1, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Martina Villa Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

Medical royal colleges and homeless charities call for doctors to receive mandatory training in keeping homeless patients off the streets
The Royal College of Physicians (RCP), along with seven other medical royal colleges and homeless charities, has called on the Government to urgently address the needs of homeless people treated in the NHS. The organisations made their call in a collective response to the government’s consultation on the Homelessness Reduction Act (HRA), which includes a duty to refer homeless patients in Accident and Emergency departments to their local housing authority. Since its implementation in 2017, it is still unclear whether the HRA’s mandate that hospitals must refer homeless people on, is having any real benefit. Ane...
Source: Doctors of the World News - October 25, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Martina Villa Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

Thank you for joining us at the Clinic Launch
What a joy to have so many of you join us to celebrate the launch of our new east London clinic. Portraits from the collection “Undocumented” exhibited at the clinic. On October 16th, our wonderful supporters, volunteers, and staff members came together to celebrate the opening of our new clinic, now located in Stratford. Since opening in 1998, we have directly helped almost 20,000 people in the UK. This new medical space will provide new opportunities for our patients and volunteers, allowing us to provide more holistic care to our patients in need. Ellen Waters, Director of Development, and Peter Gough, volun...
Source: Doctors of the World News - October 23, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Martina Villa Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

Doctors of the World launches new clinic for people in vulnerable circumstances
The new Doctors of the World Clinic in east London was launched today. After 16 years of work in the area, our clinical services have now moved to purpose built premises which will allow our volunteer doctors and caseworkers to support more patients than ever. It is imperative that we are able to see more patients and scale up our services, as we estimate that between 50,000 and 500,000 people in the UK need us. These are patients who have been too frightened to go to see a doctor because they are scared that they will be deported by the Home Office, that their data will be shared, and that they will face bills of thousand...
Source: Doctors of the World News - October 16, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Martina Villa Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news