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Assessing the Health of the Syrian People After13 Years of Conflict

March 15, 2024 – 13 years of war, death, displacement, destruction, crisis and resilience. What is the state of health of the Syrian people? Can they go to the health center when they need it, do they have access to medicine, what is the state of their mental health after such a prolonged crisis? Doctors of the World, which has been working in northeast Syria since 2017, wants to draw attention to the fragility of the moment and demand that attention be paid to a country that only manages to cover 36% of the funding for its humanitarian health needs.

Two Years of War in Ukraine

February 20, 2024 – As the war in Ukraine enters its third year, Doctors of the World presses for continued support for the physical and mental health of the population. Loss of loved ones, illness, displacement, uncertainty, economic hardship, and constant air raids all over the country: For two years Ukrainians have had to endure the realities of living in a country at war. And the longer it continues, the greater the risks for their physical and mental health. As the second anniversary of the full-scale invasion approaches, Doctors of the World calls on the international community to support the Ukrainian healthcare system, particularly highlighting the mental health needs of the population with its video campaign #AsLongAsItTakes.

MdM International Network Calls for Support to Meet Immense Needs of Affected People

February 5, 2024 – A year after the devastating earthquakes causing the death of more than 58,000 people in collapsed buildings, displacing millions as a result of widespread destruction to homes and infrastructure in southeastern Turkey and northwestern Syria, Médecins du Monde (MdM) International Network is appealing for ongoing assistance to address the extensive needs of the affected population. Despite progress in recovery efforts, the earthquakes have had a profound impact, resulting in the loss of thousands of lives, and affecting millions.

Doctors of the World Presents a Humanitarian Photography Exhibition That Bears Witness to Human Violations

October 6, 2023 – New York proposes us to think through art. The city hosts the latest photographic exhibition of the Luis Valtueña International Humanitarian Photography Award, an exhibition organized by Doctors of the World, which seeks to denounce unjust situations and make forgotten crises visible with the power of photography.

Women Deliver 2023

July 13, 2023 – From July 17 to 20, the international conference on gender equality: Women Deliver will be held in Kigali, Rwanda. This sixth edition will bring together nearly 6,000 activists, researchers, journalists, and public authorities.

Universal Health Coverage

May 9, 2023 – Today, Doctors of the World will be at the United Nations in New York, representing the Médecins du Monde International Network at the Multi-Stakeholder Meeting on Universal Health Coverage (UHC). This hearing gathers together global health actors in the lead-up to the High Level Meeting on UHC, which will be held on September 28 during the annual UN General Assembly.

Doctors of the World Warns of the Humanitarian Needs of Thousands of Migrants Abandoned in the Desert in Assamaka (Niger)

April 13, 2023 – Doctors of the World warns of the growing humanitarian needs of thousands of migrants in the Assamaka desert, in Agadez, Niger. The organization also calls on the European Union to review its migration policies.

Doctors of the World Suspends Activities in Afghanistan and Calls for the Lifting of the Ban on Women Aid Workers

December 28, 2022 – On December 24, Doctors of the World and other non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working in Afghanistan received a letter from the authorities stating that women were no longer permitted to work for national and international NGOs within the country. At Doctors of the World, we strongly condemn this decision and have decided to suspend our activities in Afghanistan.

New Border Health Program Partnership Improves Health Outcomes of Migrants and Asylum Seekers in Transit

October 2022 – In an effort to provide more than just basic emergency care to migrants and asylum seekers at the border, the Border Health Program (BHP) launched this month. BHP is a new program led by Doctors of the World USA (DotW) in partnership with Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso), and local organizations operating border shelters. BHP offers migrants at the border transitional medical care, uses data to advocate for public policies that will better address their health needs and reduce burdens on local health systems, and provides medical students with learning opportunities that will serve as the foundation for research and curriculum development focused on migrant health.

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