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

The Syria INGO Regional Forum statement on impact of military developments on the civilian population in northeast Syria
The Syria INGO Regional Forum, comprising 73 INGOs responding to the Syria crisis, expressed deep concern at the rapidly deteriorating humanitarian situation since Turkey’s military operation started on the 9 October. The UN estimates that more than 200,000 people have been displaced, and is planning to support up to 400,000 people with assistance and protection in the coming period.   Over three days Hasakeh city saw an estimated 60,000 new arrivals as a result of the violence, while hostilities in the area also damaged the main water station, leaving it out of service. 400,000 people, including 82,000 people i...
Source: Doctors of the World News - October 15, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Martina Villa Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

Doctors of the World present a Manifesto to fight gender-based violence
Gender-based violence, particularly violence against women and girls, is one of the most widespread human rights violations in the world, with serious impacts on the health, development, and identity of the individual. In a manifesto presented this afternoon, Doctors of the World warns about this problem and puts forward a set of solutions to fight it.   Portugal, 10 October 2019. Doctors of the World presented this afternoon the manifesto “Gender-based violence, particularly violence against women” addressing the persistence of this type of violence throughout the world, which is a vi...
Source: Doctors of the World News - October 11, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Martina Villa Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

15 aid agencies warn of humanitarian crisis in North-East Syria
Civilians at risk as violence escalates and humanitarian work is suspended. Civilians in north-east Syria are at risk and humanitarian aid could be cut off following the launch of a new military operation in the area, leading aid agencies are warning. Reports from humanitarian responders on the ground say civilians are already on the move and that some vital services have been interrupted, including medical facilities and water supplies. Agencies say that some of their staff have fled with their families, while others are on lockdown. An estimated 450,000 people live within 5 kilometres of the Syria-Turkey border and a...
Source: Doctors of the World News - October 10, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Martina Villa Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

Doctors of the World sounds the alarm bell in Greece
The refugee crisis has become a humanitarian crisis in Lesvos, where more than 1,000 unaccompanied children are currently residing. Traffickers are constantly looking for new ports in the Aegean sea, while the absence of a united European policy regarding the reception of the refugees is resulting in charred and drowned bodies. The shipwreck of a boat on Oinousses claimed the lives of seven people: five toddlers, one of them an infant, and two women. The fire at the reception and identification center in Moria, Lesvos, which claimed the life of one adult and possibly two children, according to the testimonies from the fiel...
Source: Doctors of the World News - October 2, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Martina Villa Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

One year of Safe Surgeries!
What an incredible twelve months! One year after the launch of Safe Surgeries, over 220 GP practices across 28 cities and towns have joined the network. There are Safe Surgeries in 53 Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) around the UK, stretching from Devon to Scotland, all taking a stand for inclusive and welcoming healthcare for everyone in their communities. The initiative has been shortlisted for this year’s General Practice Awards for a Clinical Improvement Award in Public Health and Prevention, a fantastic recognition of the work of our members and their vital contribution to public health and community wellbei...
Source: Doctors of the World News - September 4, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Martina Villa Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

INGO statement on attacks in Dhamar that killed and injured scores of people
International non-governmental organisations working in Yemen strongly condemn a series of attacks by the Saudi-led coalition on a former community college that has lately been used as a detention facility in Dhamar city. These attacks have reportedly led to the deaths of over 100 people, with many injured. This latest incident once again demonstrates the absolute disregard for civilian life that has been consistently shown by all parties to the conflict in Yemen. Those being held at the facility in Dhamar were detainees and as such they are civilians who must be protected from harm under International Humanitarian Law (IH...
Source: Doctors of the World News - September 4, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Martina Villa Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

Response to the Ebola crisis in DRC
More than 2,000 people have died since the Ebola outbreak a year ago in the eastern regions of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Medical professionals there have to work hard to contain the virus, and they face daily adversity due to the presence of armed groups, widespread violence, and in an environment of mistrust towards health workers. There are about 120 armed groups in the region, who regularly harass and attack Ebola treatment centres. Political friction and socio-economic degradation have been exasperated by a sharp increase in violence and tension between different communities. Butembo and Katwa are th...
Source: Doctors of the World News - September 3, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Martina Villa Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

The stick, do you remember that? On Calais, Dunkirk, and the Channel
“If we allow our humanity to be undermined by allowing people to drown at sea on our coasts, or by allowing lifesaving healthcare to be withheld, we risk turning our backs on the most vulnerable as well as the principles by which we provide healthcare”.                                                             &nbs...
Source: Doctors of the World News - September 3, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Martina Villa Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

Two Years On: Rohingya Deserve Justice, A Place at the Table
61 NGOs warn of worsening crisis in Myanmar; call for refugees’ engagement on safe, voluntary returns 21 August 2019 Two years after mass atrocities in Myanmar forced more than 740,000 people to flee for their lives, the Government and the people of Bangladesh continue to generously host nearly 1 million Rohingya refugees. While UN agencies and over 130 local, national, and international NGOs have supported the Government of Bangladesh to provide life-sustaining assistance, refugees require much more than basic support for survival; they need their rights, security and dignity. Many long to return but fear further vi...
Source: Doctors of the World News - August 21, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Martina Villa Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

Healthcare experts address inequalities in primary care access in London
20th August, London – Leading NHS and charity sector experts meet at City Hall to discuss how to tackle inequalities in primary care access, in the context of a new report by medical charity Doctors of the World which sheds light on worrying GP registration policies which discriminate against some of the most vulnerable people in our communities. Everyone living in the UK is entitled to see a GP free of charge. This is the most effective and efficient means of preventing ill-health and promoting well being. Despite this, people in need of healthcare are wrongly turned away from GP practices in England every day....
Source: Doctors of the World News - August 20, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Martina Villa Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

World Humanitarian Day 2019
For World Humanitarian Day, this year we celebrate the work of female humanitarians across the globe, amid the risks which they may face in serving others. From the clinic in east London to the governorate of Sana’a in Yemen, every day women humanitarians are changing the world. They want to share their stories with you:       “It has become very clear to me that, if I want to see things changed, I should be in the arena. So, here I am, choosing courage over comfort every single day.” Meaza Semaw, Medical Coordinator, Ethiopia.               “...
Source: Doctors of the World News - August 16, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Martina Villa Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

Joint Letter to the Home Secretary
30th July 2019   Dear Home Secretary,   Congratulations on your appointment to one of the great offices of state. You will lead the Home Office through a period of great challenge, but at a moment of great opportunity for reform. We are writing to you as organisations that work with, are led by, or represent people who have moved to the UK and have made it their home. We want to raise a number of pressing issues, which require action if the immigration and asylum system is to regain the trust of the public.   Allowing people who seek safety in the UK to re-build their lives As a global power and as the ...
Source: Doctors of the World News - July 30, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Martina Villa Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

“We are happy to register you” Practice Manager, Anwar Hussain
“We thought, ‘Let’s go out to the community and ask people and get them to work together with us to achieve some of the things we want to do”   Anwar Hussain is the Practice Manager at St Paul’s Way Medical Centre, a growing GP practice in Tower Hamlets, east London, with a list size of over 13,000 patients. The GPs and nurses at St Paul’s are supported by on-site benefit advisors, midwives, psychologists and more. A Safe Surgery since February 2019, Anwar spoke to us about how he and his colleagues have actively engaged patients to ensure accessible, high quality care. Reflecting t...
Source: Doctors of the World News - July 26, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Martina Villa Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

Emergency: Ebola, a growing crisis in DRC
In the Democratic Republic of Congo, the second-worst outbreak in history is spreading quickly.   Doctors of the World is concerned about the spread of Ebola that is affecting a growing number of areas in DRC. Our team is working in Butembo and Katwa, in North Kivu, the main centres of contagion. The most recent data from the Ministry of Health shows the escalation of Ebola cases in DRC. 2,484 cases of Ebola have been confirmed, and 1,698 people have died due to the outbreak. The numbers are likely to be higher as cases aren’t been referred due to mistrust in the system and fear of being stigmatised. The geogra...
Source: Doctors of the World News - July 22, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Martina Villa Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

Volunteer Week Messages
During Volunteer Week, in June 2019, we asked some of our supporters to share a message for our volunteers. Here are some of them:   I think it’s wonderful that the volunteers give up their time to help those in need. It seems this help is needed more and more in our country – and with the state of Politics at the moment will become even more relevant. Thank goodness there are good people around like you who have empathy for others and behave in an unselfish manner. – Kay After this week’s Woman’s Hour serial about Modern Slavery and Ken Loach’s film “I Daniel Blake&rd...
Source: Doctors of the World News - July 4, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Martina Villa Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

Refugee Week 2019 – Abelarda’s story
“Without Doctors of the World’s support in the Mother and Child Centre in Yemen, we could have died! I was in my ninth month of pregnancy and I was bleeding. We had a similar case in our village before Doctors of the World came, where the pregnant girl had died, and I was so scared that the same thing might happen to me. I was admitted to the Mother and Child Centre and was advised to have a caesarean operation. Doctors of the World’s doctors and referral team transported me to a hospital where I had my operation and gave birth to my healthy baby. I was discharged after one week. May Allah reward Doctors ...
Source: Doctors of the World News - June 21, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Samantha Armstrong Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

Refugee Week 2019 – Aaminah ’ s story
As part of Refugee Week, we are sharing stories about doctors and patients across the globe, with a special focus on post-natal care. Read our first story: Aaminah, Doctor and volunteer in Slovenia: “One patient I transferred was a desperately sick little baby who was only two months old and had been born just before his family fled from Syria. He had a respiratory infection, was unable to feed and was in bad respiratory distress. The parents and baby were travelling together with no extended family members, and we managed to negotiate with the hospital to keep all of them together at the hospital. They had already b...
Source: Doctors of the World News - June 19, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Samantha Armstrong Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

Refugee Week 2019
We’re celebrating Refugee Week! June 17th– 23rdis Refugee Week, which encourages celebrates refugees’ contributions across the UK and promotes the fostering of a better sense of community. This year, we are celebrating Refugee Week in two ways. Firstly, we have taken over the walls on the upper floor at BoxPark Croydon with our latest Print for Refugees collection . This is a part of an on-going project where talented photographers donate their works to be sold at reduced rates, with all proceeds going to Doctors of the World! You can browse the stunning collection or buy one of our stylish Prints fo...
Source: Doctors of the World News - June 18, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Martina Villa Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

The cost of life: historical vote on transparency
After several days of negotiations, accompanied by an intense mobilization of activists and health associations, the resolution on the transparency for medicines, vaccines, and other health products was adopted at the World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva. Today, when new treatments are launched in the market they are at prices in the tens and hundreds of thousands of pounds per year, and per person. This is especially true for treatments against cancer: just this week, a treatment was marketed in the United States at a price exceeding $2 million per person. These prices threaten the right to access to care, and the bases ...
Source: Doctors of the World News - May 31, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Martina Villa Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

Impunity Remains: Attacks on Health Care in 23 Countries in Conflict
 Washington – There were at least 973 attacks on health workers, health facilities, health transports and patients in 23 countries in conflict in 2018, the Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition reported today. At least 167 health workers died and at least 710 were injured. This marks an increase in the number of documented attacks compared to 2017, when the Coalition reported 701 such instances. The Coalition’s sixth annual report documents attacks on vaccination workers, paramedics, nurses, doctors, midwives, community volunteers, drivers and guards, in violation of international norms and i...
Source: Doctors of the World News - May 23, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Martina Villa Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

MHAW: Orange blossom and green fields
Nada was fond of orange blossom, and green fields. She dreamed about learning the piano, she loved the way the music notes could speak to a person’s soul. She believed in another version of reality, a reality far away from the reality she had to suddenly face. Nada is 25 years old, a mother of two girls, and a Syrian refugee. She comes from a village called Ghouta. As she described, Ghouta is “a village that you recall even if you are far away… recall the smell of the earth and the beauty of its blue sky.” In 2014, she had to move to Damascus because her green land had transformed into mil...
Source: Doctors of the World News - May 17, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Martina Villa Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

MHAW: 2 years and a lifetime ago
Jad is a tailor who has a passion for sewing . He is also known in his neighborhood in Aleppo for his beautifully tailored wedding dresses. Jad never imagined that he would have to leave Syria, his dear homeland. But after his house was bombed, he had to escape to save his family. Jad had to leave behind the life he built there and flee to Lebanon. He wished he could tailor his life events, regardless of the atrocity around him. He first settled in the south of Lebanon, as he felt there would be better opportunities there. As the days went by, Jad realized that it wouldn’t be as easy as he had imagined. The dream of ...
Source: Doctors of the World News - May 15, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Martina Villa Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

Mental Health Awareness Week: Wellbeing in Crisis
15% of Syrians are in need of mental health services because of the trauma they have suffered in their home country or while seeking refuge. After more than eight years since the start of the conflict, healthcare needs are urgent and vast. 13th to 19thMay marks Mental Health Awareness Week. During this period, we want to raise awareness on the impact of conflict, displacement, and life in limbo, on the mental health of Syrian people. We will be sharing stories and data from our clinics, working to support access to mental health in the Middle East. Today, we share our publication, “An Invisible Crisis: Explorin...
Source: Doctors of the World News - May 13, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Martina Villa Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

The nurses helping excluded people access healthcare
Around the world, nurses are transforming health care and health systems so that no one is left behind. In our east London Clinic, many of them volunteer their time supporting refugees, migrants, and people in vulnerable circumstances. International Nurses Day, marking the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, is a perfect time to reflect on the fundamental role of nurses. With the 2019 theme of “Nurses: A voice to lead healthcare for all”, we celebrate their hard work and achievements in providing for access to healthcare for those who need it the most. To celebrate, we’d like you to meet jus...
Source: Doctors of the World News - May 12, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Martina Villa Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

Healthcare for domestic workers
Everyone in the UK is entitled to register with and see a GP. However, many migrants are unable to access the healthcare they are entitled to as they are wrongly turned away from GP practices.   Doctors of the World UK’s volunteers help people access their right to care. On International Workers Day, we want to share the stories of the domestic workers we meet at our clinic. Some of them are undocumented as they were trafficked to the country, others have fled from abusive employers, once in the UK. Joanna was one of these women. She is a member of The Voice of Domestic Workers, an education and support group fo...
Source: Doctors of the World News - May 1, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Martina Villa Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

Right to health for all workers
Everyone in the UK is entitled to register with and see a GP. However, many migrants are unable to access the healthcare they are entitled to as they are wrongly turned away from GP practices.   Doctors of the World UK’s volunteers help people access their right to care. On International Workers Day [link], we want to share the stories of the domestic workers we meet at our clinic. Some of them are undocumented as they were trafficked to the country, others have fled from abusive employers, once in the UK. Joanna was one of these women. She is a member of The Voice of Domestic Workers, an education and support g...
Source: Doctors of the World News - May 1, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Martina Villa Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

Mozambique: healthcare after Cyclone Idai
Update 26th April – Doctors of the World teams are currently monitoring the impact of Cyclone Kenneth and will provide support if needed. John Segredo Accommodation Centre is a makeshift camp set up for those displaced by Cyclone Idai.   100 km from the port city of Beira, the camp is currently housing thousands of people. There are serious concerns about the source of drinking water,which is located many miles away and was significantly damaged by the passing storm, and food is currently rationed. “We help repair and equip local health centers so that they can resume operations. At the same time, we are ...
Source: Doctors of the World News - April 26, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Martina Villa Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

Fast Forward: Mozambique in 10 years
Ellen Waters is the Director of Development at Doctors of the World UK. She is passionate about access to healthcare around the world and spent four years in India working for human rights organisations.   On Thursday 14th March, Cyclone Idai swept Mozambique, leaving behind it a trail of destruction and death. Organisations from all around the world mobilised in just a few hours to get help to the population hit. Rapid intervention is key to save lives, but there is an often hidden need to provide healthcare for a long time after the disaster, while reconstruction takes place. On World Health Day, I want to bri...
Source: Doctors of the World News - April 7, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Martina Villa Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

Doctors and MPs demand evidence on migrant healthcare policies
This week, MPs, Royal Medical Colleges, leading academics, healthcare professionals and unions wrote to the Secretary of State for Health & Social Care, Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, calling for the publication migrant healthcare policy reviews. Signed by The Academy of Royal Medical Colleges and politicians including Lord Hunt of Kings Health, David Lammy MP, Caroline Lucas MP and Kate Green MP, the letter claimed the reviews received “evidence of deterrence and serious harm” caused by these policies “which we consider to be of the utmost seriousness”. Over the last two years the Department of Health...
Source: Doctors of the World News - March 31, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Martina Villa Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

Tropical Cyclone Idai devastates Mozambique
On the evening of March 14th, Cyclone Idai swept through Mozambique, devastating the coastal province of Sofala with winds of up to 190km/h. Heavy rainfall across the country in the weeks prior to the cyclone – as well as in the days following it- led to catastrophic flooding across the nation. Thousands were left homeless and crops, livestock and infrastructure have been destroyed. The low-lying port city of Beira, before and after the cyclone hit © MdM Responding to the crisis Doctors of the World has been in Mozambique for over 19 years in the province of Maputo and in Cabo Delgado. When Cyclone Idai hit Sout...
Source: Doctors of the World News - March 28, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Samantha Armstrong Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

Statement On The Report Of The Commission Of Inquiry On The 2018 Gaza Protests
This report was shared with the Commission of Inquiry. In this report, Doctors of the World observes that Palestinian health NGOs face unprecedented levels of violence against its personnel, structures and ambulances. These attacks and the death of their colleagues have also left strong psychological scars. Beyond the atrocious violations of international law, the impact of these violations is difficult to quantify or measure through the untold stories of those who died or suffer serious life-long consequences because those who were supposed to help were killed or incapacitated. Doctors of the World takes thus this opportu...
Source: Doctors of the World News - March 25, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Martina Villa Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

INGO statement on the attacks in Hajjah andrenewed fighting in Hodeidah
International non-government organisations (INGOs) in Yemen strongly condemn the horrific attacks in Hajjah governorate on Sunday which according to the UN killed 22 people – twelve women and ten children – and injured many more. Hajjah has seen an increase in tensions and fighting in recent weeks; thousands of people have been displaced from their homes and are in need of humanitarian aid and many more are reportedly trapped by the fighting and cannot flee to safety or reach help. These horrific incidents show that innocent civilians including children continue to pay the price for a conflict in which they hav...
Source: Doctors of the World News - March 14, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Martina Villa Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

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Support Doctors of the World UK with our groundbreaking project to get portable, durable and safe emergency clinics to those most in need! Find out more and back the project now! The problem In refugee camps, natural disaster zones, and conflict situations, healthcare needs are urgent and addressing them is critical. Children, women and men need help treating wounds, both physical and emotional, but local structures are often destroyed or overwhelmed. Doctors – like the volunteers who work with Doctors of the World – are among the first responders during emergencies, and often the last to leave. Howe...
Source: Doctors of the World News - March 11, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Samantha Armstrong Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

International Women ’s Day at the Women and Children’s Clinic – the focus on a fairer world
Claire, Women’s and Children’s Health Lead The first organized Women’s Day was held in 1909 in the United States. In 1914, we saw the first march in support of women’s right to vote in London. In the following years, many other countries started to celebrate women’s contributions to society. In 1975 the United Nations started to celebrate International Women’s Day, proclaiming March 8th the day for Women’s Rights and World Peace. Over time, International Women’s Day has shifted its focus, drawing attention to the hardships women endure in different places around the world, to...
Source: Doctors of the World News - March 8, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Martina Villa Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news