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10/24/2016

Urgent measures are needed to address shortages of medicine and food in Venezuela, says coalition member Human Rights Watch in a new report.
10/21/2016

UN human rights official Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein stated that Syrian and Russian airstrikes against East Aleppo’s civilians are “war crimes” and “crimes against humanity,”. Russia has issued a “humanitarian pause” of fighting since Thursday to allow residents to flee East Aleppo, but many do not trust the declaration and are remaining put. An all-encompassing ceasefire has been called by the UNHCHR.
10/21/2016

A new infographic by coalition member Medical Aid for Palestinians shows how obstacles to breast cancer care leave many Palestinian women isolated and vulnerable on their road to recovery.
10/21/2016

Omair Shaaban describes life under siege. "Hope—or pray— that you don’t have to go to a hospital. They’re absolutely miserable. I don’t know how the doctors and nurses can stand all the blood, bones, and bowels all over the floor."
10/21/2016

As the Syrian and Russian governments planned to halt their bombing of civilians and hospitals in Aleppo, attacks on medical facilities in other parts of Syria continued unabated. Coalition member Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) documented a series of deadly strikes on hospitals throughout Syria and urged the international community to heed these ongoing violations of international law.
10/18/2016

The World Health Organization warns that Yemen is facing the threat of a cholera epidemic. It reports less than half of Yemen’s health facilities are functional due to shortages in health staff, medicine, and medical supplies.
10/18/2016

The WHO has urgently asked for $22.35 million to prevent cholera from spreading throughout the country, after 18 cases of the disease have been confirmed among 340 suspected cases of acute watery diarrhea. Due to conflict, two thirds of the country’s population do not have access to clean water and sanitation, increased malnutrition is prevalent, and health systems’ resources are scarce.
10/13/2016

More than 3 million people are on the brink of starvation in northeast Nigeria amid the fight against extremist group, Boko Haram, and curable diseases and polio have resurfaced as well. The UN and other humanitarian groups underestimated the situation’s severity, and it may now be too dangerous to send aid workers to the region.
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10/13/2016

Coalition member Defenders for Medical Impartiality organized a panel event in September, “Doctors under Attack: Systematic Violations of Medical Impartiality in Yemen, Syria, and Egypt,” held in parallel to the 33rd Session of the Human Rights Council (HRC).
10/11/2016

Only 11 ambulances for 250 thousand people remain in besieged eastern Aleppo and at least five have been hit by bombs in the past month, wounding drivers and first aid providers.

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