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

Global Clinic Crowdfunder
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

Unsung Hero: Sanu
My name is Sanu Nani Magar and I am 48. I come from Ward Number 4 in Dhadingbesi Municipality, Nepal. I didn’t choose to come here and sort the waste, but life was tough and I needed to find work and to earn money. My husband and I had several children to take care of and we were struggling to feed and dress them. After looking for work in several places, we ended up here. We earn just enough to survive. Our children are grown now, and we all live in the same house. I’ve had 6 children and 5 of them survived; 4 girls and one boy. A friend was working on this site sorting the waste. That’s how we found wor...
Source: Doctors of the World News - March 8, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Samantha Armstrong Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

Unsung Hero: Diana
My name is Diana Patricia Solís. I’m from a small town called Guacarí in the Valle del Cauca department of Colombia. I have two sons. In 1995, I became a victim of sexual violence. I was attacked by a group of several FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) men who live in the valley. It is very difficult to talk about this because of how you feel after. You feel dirty. Rape makes you feel bad. It’s horrible. Your whole world crumbles. They kept me up in in the mountains for two days and did all sorts to me. I couldn’t defend myself. As a result of the attack, I also contracted a sexua...
Source: Doctors of the World News - March 6, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Samantha Armstrong Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

Unsung Hero: Rajwa
My name is Rajwa Mohamad Rahmoun. I’m from al-Qusayr in the Homs Governorate in Syria. My children and I came to Lebanon and thankfully we are safe, but I have lost my husband. I do not know where he might be. I don’t know if he is dead or alive. I have no idea. I suffer so much. As a woman, I cannot defend my rights or the rights of my children. Whatever happens to me I get told “You’re a woman, you cannot speak on this.” But I want to speak out and defend my family. I have to fight constantly. I try to gather my courage and my strength. When I have something to say, I say it. I don’t w...
Source: Doctors of the World News - March 5, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Samantha Armstrong Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

Unsung Heroes – Powerful stories from across the world
“Admitting women’s perfect equality would be the greatest hallmark of civilisation, and would double mankind’s intellectual forces”. Inspired by a desire to bear witness to the violence against women, the Unsung Heroes photography project – by portrait artist Denis Rouvre – gives a voice to women from all over the world. Some are fleeing conflict zones, others are campaigning against the established social order, some had no choice but to carry on, and others have made the decision to take action. In the run up to International Women’s Day, follow the stories of five women as we un...
Source: Doctors of the World News - March 4, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Samantha Armstrong Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

Unsung Hero: Anny
My name is Anny Tenga Modi. I’m 37 and I have an 18-year old daughter. I became an orphan when I was 13. I run an organisation called AFIA MAMA. I’m a feminist activist campaigning for women and children’s rights, particularly regarding issues of leadership and participation. I’ve been living in Kinshasa for four years now. I came back to DRC from South Africa where I spent over 10 years as a refugee. I was my father’s princess. He was in politics. He died when I turned 13. It was one year before the genocide and two before the first so-called war of liberation. As an orphan, I was displa...
Source: Doctors of the World News - March 4, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Martina Villa Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

Unsung Hero: Magdalena
My name is Magdalena Simeonova. I am 28 years old and I have two children who are 9 and 5. I was born and raised in the Nadezhda neighborhood in the Bulgarian town of Sliven. We only moved out of the ghetto a year ago to settle in Sini Kamani. I got married when I was 14. Today, I am strongly opposed to people getting married so young, but the environment in the Nadezhda neighborhood influences your decisions. I had lovely parents who wanted me to continue with my education and I had good grades at school, but I was influenced by my environment. I met my husband and wanted to get married, but my parents were firmly against...
Source: Doctors of the World News - March 4, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Samantha Armstrong Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

Joint INGOs Message – Yemen Pledging Conference, 26 February 2019
Since the escalation of conflict in Yemen almost four years ago, the humanitarian needs have increased drastically, with an estimated 24 million people or 80% of the population in need of some form of humanitarian assistance in 2019. [1] This figure represents an increase of 2 million people or 10% in just12 months contributed to by an almost total collapse of Yemen’s economy, conflict across the country, violations of international law, as well as increased destruction of civilian infrastructure, notably schools and hospitals, and denial of access to basic services which in turns contribute to deaths by preventable ...
Source: Doctors of the World News - February 26, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Martina Villa Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

Nobi, 42 – Testimony of Rohingya
As I walked with him through the camp, we could hear the residents call: “Nobi vai!” (Brother Nobi!). Nobi is undoubtedly very popular in the area. As a leader among Doctors of the World’s volunteers, he is also a major pillar in community work. Nevertheless, his gestures and words are humble, smart, and calm. He discusses quietly about the need for a clinic for the inhabitants, but then he wells up as he starts to talk about his 2-year-old son. Being a father, a community leader, and a community worker is a heavy burden. His warm human nature feels like a healing energy for the inhabitants of the camp wh...
Source: Doctors of the World News - February 22, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Martina Villa Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

“There is not a lot of clear guidance about what to do…” Practice Manager, Sandra Connolly
Safe Surgery case study: Beckett House Practice, Lambeth, London   “Patients often come back to the practice when they’re struggling elsewhere in the system, not just the NHS but any government department as they tend to have more of a relationship with us”   Beckett House Group Practice, in Lambeth, London, was one of the first Safe Surgeries to come on board last year. Our GP Champion, Dr Katherine Taylor, spoke to Practice Manager Sandra Connolly about their experiences of providing care in their community. Beckett House has had an inclusive patient registration policy for a long time, which ...
Source: Doctors of the World News - February 22, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Martina Villa Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

“There is not a lot of clear guidance about what to do…” Practice Manager, Sandra Connelly
Safe Surgery case study: Beckett House Practice, Lambeth, London   “Patients often come back to the practice when they’re struggling elsewhere in the system, not just the NHS but any government department as they tend to have more of a relationship with us”   Beckett House Group Practice, in Lambeth, London, was one of the first Safe Surgeries to come on board last year. Our GP Champion, Dr Katherine Taylor, spoke to Practice Manager Sandra Connelly about their experiences of providing care in their community. Beckett House has had an inclusive patient registration policy for a long time, which ...
Source: Doctors of the World News - February 22, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Martina Villa Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

Valentines to the Clinic
      This Valentine’s Day, the clinic was filled with wonderful Valentines messages from Doctors of the World’s supporters. Heart-warming words of peace, love, and support to those facing barriers to access healthcare. For many, this period is one of longing for the loved ones they were forced to leave behind. Thanks to all those who participated and made this week a very special one special one.               https://www.doctorsoftheworld.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/ezgif.com-rotate-2.mp4     https://www.doctorsoftheworld.org.uk/wp-cont...
Source: Doctors of the World News - February 22, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Martina Villa Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

Joint statement on Sending Humanitarian Aid to Venezuela
Bogota, 7th of February 2019   RE: Sending Humanitarian Aid to Venezuela   The Humanitarian INGO Forum in Colombia calls on all States to maintain the humanitarian character of aid in order to save lives, alleviate suffering, restore and protect human rights, and preserve the human dignity of persons who are victims of conflicts, complex crises and/or natural disasters. In this context, the Forum would like to express its concerns about the methods through which humanitarian aid is planned to be sent from Colombia to Venezuela.   Therefore, we would like to remind concerned parties of the situation in Ve...
Source: Doctors of the World News - February 15, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Martina Villa Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

5 reasons why the Mobile Clinic is a game changer (and 2 ways to support it)
The Bethnal Green clinic helps women, men, and children in vulnerable circumstances be seen by a doctor and register with a GP. Now, our very first Mobile Clinic will be launched into full service to support it. In 2019, we will drive it around the streets of London to help people in great need access healthcare 3 days a week! But will this medical van have a real impact? Well, here are 5 reasons why it will revolutionise our work!   1. The Bethnal Green clinic is full Our Bethnal Green clinic is operating at full capacity. Every day, volunteers fill the consultation rooms, but the space is limited and we have to turn...
Source: Doctors of the World News - February 15, 2019 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 family from ...
Source: Doctors of the World News - February 8, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Martina Villa Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

‘ Vulnerable migrants and wellbeing study ’ highlights barriers to healthcare for migrants
A pilot study by the University of Birmingham has identified major barriers to healthcare access for migrants, including denial of entitlements, administrative issues, lack of understanding, language barriers and fears of being arrested. Funded by the Nuffield Foundation, the ‘Vulnerable migrants and wellbeing’ pilot study, is led by Dr Laurence Lessard-Phillips from the Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS).   The team investigated gaps in knowledge regarding the relationship between vulnerability and wellbeing, by analysing six years of data provided by Doctors of the World UK , a regist...
Source: Doctors of the World News - February 6, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Martina Villa Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

Cancer treatments: we must serve patients, not private interests
Dr Françoise Sivignon, President of Doctors of the World, France.   The number of new cases of cancer continues to rise, reaching 3.7 million a year in Europe. Behind this increase lies another equally worrying trend: the rising costs of new treatments. It is no longer unusual to see cancer treatments costing between €50,000 and €90,000 per patient, per year. Worse still, prices reached new heights a few months ago, with the introduction of CAR-T therapies, billed at between €300,000 and €350,000 per patient.   Given this situation, healthcare systems are finding it increasingly difficu...
Source: Doctors of the World News - February 4, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Martina Villa Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

The situation worsens in Borno, Nigeria
Civilians in Borno state, North-East Nigeria, are suffering greatly due to conflict and violence. 250,000 children, women, and men are already displaced across the region. Following recent attacks by Boko Haram, an estimated further 80,000 people have been uprooted. 30,000 fled last weekend alone.   Charles Kiplangat, Emergency Response Coordinator in Nigeria, reports on the latest developments:   “In Maiduguri, the Teachers’ Village Camp registered over 29,125 newly displaced persons. More than 6,714 are in need of shelter”     The situation in the camp is dire: its capacity...
Source: Doctors of the World News - January 30, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Martina Villa Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

A forest in Morocco
There is a forest in Morocco, extending between Tangier and Tetouan. Few people are aware of its existence. Like its oaks and cedars, the refugees and migrants that live among them also remain invisible.   In 2018, Doctors of the World received funding from the Migration Emergency Response Fund (MERF) to support a project for refugees and migrants in the area. We intervened to improve living conditions and access to basic services for the most vulnerable surviving in the forest and urban camps.   This meant distributing kits for the winter to prevent infectious and respiratory diseases and improving protection, p...
Source: Doctors of the World News - January 25, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Martina Villa Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

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. With...
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