April 12, 2022
Title 42’s Harmful Impact on the Health and Safety of Migrants
Photo credit: ©MdM France
Year-end giving is one of the most important times for many nonprofit organizations to meet their fundraising goals. That’s why in the next two weeks, Doctors of the World/Médecins du Monde (MDM-USA) will call on everyone’s generosity to help us improve healthcare access for the most marginalized and vulnerable people around the world.
This year we are focusing our attention on the migrant journey from Central America to the United States. Over the past year we have been watching the humanitarian crisis that has been unfolding for some time at the U.S.-Mexico Border, amplified by the Covid-19 pandemic. In response, MDM USA has been laying groundwork in collaboration with a number of academic, healthcare and local NGO partners in El Paso, TX to launch a program in 2022 that aims to support refugees, migrants and asylum seekers with improved access to health services along the southern U.S. border. We have also been joining with prominent advocacy partners in calling for sound public health policy regarding migrants and asylum seekers.
MDM has been working in Mexico for many years, running a humanitarian mission in Tapachula providing primary health and psychosocial services consultations for migrants. As approximately 450,000 people migrate between Central America and Mexico each year, emergency medical assistance is truly needed.
Tapachula is located on the Suchiate River, which marks Guatemala’s border with Mexico. Hundreds of thousands of people cross it every year, fleeing starvation, poverty, violence, crime, floods, or drought in their country. Although some of them are trying to reach the United States, they are stuck on the southern border of Mexico, in the city of Tapachula, the most popular entry point.
70% of requests for asylum or humanitarian visas in Mexico are made in Tapachula. Migrants coming from Venezuela, Guatemala, El Savador, and Honduras, and elsewhere face various problems during their asylum process that prevent them from having access to work, food, and health services. These include:
> Extremely long wait times
> Insufficient and overcrowded housing centers
> Unsanitary living conditions
> No access to basic needs (water, food, sanitation)
> Exposure to high risk of violence
Doctors of the World supports the fundamental human right to health of every individual regardless of their nationality, immigration status or reason for leaving their country.
Please consider a gift of $10, $25, $100 or more to help us improve the living conditions of migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers in Mexico and around the world.
Your gift made before December 31st will qualify as a tax-deductible donation for 2021.
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