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Broken Lives: A Health Crisis in Palestine

The Arabic word samoud means steadfast perseverance. However, the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip Read More

Refugee resettlement in Philadelphia, USA: Challenges and opportunities

Michelle Munyikwa is a MD/PhD (anthropology) candidate at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research centers on the experiences of refugees resettling in Philadelphia, PA. In Read More

New app lets public help map disasters, conflicts and outbreaks

By Lin Taylor LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) — Swiping right or tapping on a mobile phone are not typical ways of helping poor communities, but a new app launched by a medical charity on Friday aims to use technology to help aid workers map areas at risk of conflict, disasters and disease. Using the latest

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MSF’s Middle East Mental Health Specialist Discusses Access To Emergency Care In Devex…

Devex: Q&A: How humanitarian crises are reshaping emergency mental health care “The Middle East is facing a mental health emergency as Iraqis, Syrians, Yemenis, and others cope with years of war, violence, and loss. … Ahead of World Mental Health Day on October 10, Devex sat down with [Dr. Gregory Keane, mental health referent in…More


165K Children In Mali Face Severe Acute Malnutrition In 2018, UNICEF Warns

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Rising number of children prey to deadly malnutrition in conflict-hit Mali: U.N. “Tens of thousands of children in Mali are prey to life-threatening malnutrition as violence and displacement fuel a deepening nutrition crisis in the West African nation, the United Nations children’s agency (UNICEF) said on Monday…” (Guilbert, 9/9). U.N. News Centre:…More


U.N., Bangladesh Health Ministry Begin Cholera Immunization Campaign Among Rohingya Refugees;…

Associated Press: U.N. starts cholera vaccinations in Bangladesh among Rohingya “U.N. agencies and Bangladesh’s health ministry began a massive cholera immunization campaign Tuesday to stem a possible outbreak of the water-borne disease among more than a half million Rohingya Muslims who have fled violence in Myanmar to neighboring Bangladesh. No cases of the potentially life-threatening…More


844K People Vaccinated For Cholera In Northeast Nigeria; UNFPA Warns Pregnant Women Most…

U.N. News Centre: Amid cholera outbreak in northeast Nigeria, U.N. steps up aid, warns pregnant women most vulnerable “Large-scale displacement and a health system in tatters as a result of persistent violence by the Boko Haram terrorist group have left many — most worryingly, pregnant women and their unborn babies — vulnerable to cholera in…More


Nearly Three Quarters Of Children Worldwide Affected By Some Type Of Abuse Annually, Study…

The Guardian: Almost 75% of all children are subjected to violence each year, research finds “Nearly three out of four children experience violence each year, according to a global study that warns practices such as corporal punishment are widespread in both rich and poor countries. Around 1.7 billion children experience some form of abuse over…More


WHO, Partners Working To Provide Health Care, Immunizations To Rohingya Refugees In Bangladesh

Devex: In Bangladesh, WHO hurries to thwart possible Rohingya refugee disease outbreak “…Over the past month, 440,000 Rohingya have arrived in Bangladesh from Myanmar’s Rakhine state amid an outbreak of brutal and targeted violence. The rapid increase in population coupled with low vaccination rates (many Rohingya had long been denied access to medical care in…More


Additional Funding, Political Will Needed To End Gender-Based Violence, Experts Say

Devex: $500M pledge on gender-based violence is a start, but won’t solve the ‘huge problem’ “The European Union has pledged $500 million for gender-based violence grants as the single biggest financial commitment to emerge during Global Goals Week. But experts in the sector point out it is still far from enough to solve such a…More


E.U., U.N. Launch ‘Spotlight Initiative’ To Eliminate All Forms Of Gender Violence

U.N. News Centre: European Union and U.N. launch new initiative to eliminate gender violence “The European Union and the United Nations [Wednesday] launched a joint initiative to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls, one of the most widespread and devastating human rights violations across the globe. … The E.U.-U.N.


The ABCs of cervical cancer prevention in remote locations

In 2014, DB Peru launched The Amazon Community-Based Participatory Cervical Cancer Prevention Programme as a collaborative approach to screening and treatment of cervical cancer in Lower Napo River (LNR) communities in the Peruvian Amazon. In the remote LNR, shaping a programme that addressed community needs, such as health literacy and improving access to healthcare, as well as ensuring a high level of clinical gynaecological care, was a challenge. In preparation, we collated a range of diverse resources from around the world. We gathered knowledge at international conferences, spoke to professionals at the coal-face of cancer prevention in low-resource settings, sourced donations from a range of companies, and collaborated with local government services. Most importantly, we worked beside communities to understand their needs, and shape local solutions to education, screening and treatment of cervical cancer.


At Least 123K Rohingya Flee Myanmar Government Violence, U.N. Says; Aid Agencies Blocked From…

New York Times: Desperate Rohingya Flee Myanmar Crackdown in Growing Numbers, U.N. Says “At least 123,000 Rohingya have fled from western Myanmar into neighboring Bangladesh since late last month, the United Nations said on Tuesday, as a military crackdown has destroyed villages and killed hundreds. … Aid agencies say the [Myanmar] government has continued to…More


Children Living In Conflict-Affected Nations Need Better Access To Drinking Water, UNICEF…

U.N. News Centre: Children’s access to safe water and sanitation is a right, not a privilege — UNICEF “In countries beset by violence, displacement, conflict, and instability, children’s most basic means of survival — water — must be a priority, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said [Tuesday], warning that children living in fragile situations…More


Some Programs Helping Women Affected By War, Sexual Violence Could Close Because Of Mexico City…

The Guardian: Insult to injury: how Trump’s ‘global gag’ will hit women traumatized by war “If the first victim of war is the truth, the second is often female. And the people who pick up the pieces are usually aid workers, as it is their health centers and ‘safe spaces’ and camp programs that help…More


Sexual Violence Rampant In War-Torn South Sudan, Amnesty International Report Shows

Associated Press: South Sudan Sexual Violence on ‘Massive Scale,’ Report Says “…Four years into South Sudan’s devastating civil war, the world’s youngest nation is reeling from sexual violence on a ‘massive scale,’ a new Amnesty International report says. Thousands of women, children, and some men are suffering in silence, grappling with mental distress. Some now…More


Global Fund Partnership In Rwanda Aims To Address Connection Between Gender-Based Violence,…

Friends of the Global Fight Blog: Gender-based Violence and HIV/AIDS: A Rwandan Project Confronts the Connection In this blog post, the first in a series of blog posts by Friends of the Global Fight addressing gender equality, Mark P. Lagon, chief policy officer at Friends of the Global Fight, discusses how challenges to gender equality,…More


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