“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

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

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