September 28, 2023
International Safe Abortion Day: Progress in Mexico, setbacks in the USA
Six months after the terrible earthquake that hit Southeast Türkiye and Northwest Syria on 2023, February 6th and affected 15 million people, the population is exposed to a new health risk due to the debris removal causing new asbestos and dust-related diseases and potential long-term increase in cancer incidence: Médecins du Monde is already observing increase of conjunctivitis, allergic asthma, and skin reactions.
Moreover, hot weather and lack of clean water foster the reproduction of microorganisms and insects causing an increase in cases of scabies and gastroenteritis. It’s also emphasized by crowded living space (tents and containers) where most people have been relocated since the earthquake, and the risk of epidemics such as typhoid, cholera and tuberculosis.