“One of the biggest humanitarian crisis in recent times – catastrophic”
In August 2017, over 600,000 traumatised and desperate Rohingya people fled their homeland in Myanmar to nearby Bangladesh after widespread violence, murder and rape. “The Rohingya are under siege as a group – simply for who they are. Many refugees are victims of horrific trauma – psychological and physical – cast out of their homes and country in a clear example of ethnic cleansing.” [UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres]
On the 4th May, Doctors Worldwide UK launched its Emergency Response Kit training providing life-saving first aid skills to local Rohingya community leaders [majis] in anticipation of the cyclone and floods. Working with local majis is essential in ensuring the training reaches as many people as possible, particularly as the first responders are usually the local people who are affected. Majis are the main connectors of information and reach, for example one head maji will oversee 10 sub-majis who oversee thousands of families.
We have had significant success in reducing the risks of mothers and babies dying during childbirth. In Pakistan, a significant number women in rural areas give birth at home. Our Traditional Birth Attendant training program teaches life saving midwifery skills which are then passed onto other women. To date, we have trained 206 TBAs in a catchment population area of 90,000.
We returned to the areas of Chitraal that was devastated by flash flood last July, we had distributed much needed food, hygiene products and blankets last year to areas that no-one has as yet reached given the difficult terrain. We had heard that this relatively remote area was still facing problems, despite the weather and continuing difficulties with the roads we managed to reach a village called Eshrait over 1500m above sea level in the Hindu Kush mountains. We distributed food packages to 60 families which should last until the weather thaws and more supplies can come through.
26 October, 2015 | by Doctors of the World UK
The earthquakes that shook Nepal in April and May this year destroyed the lives of thousands of people and devastated the country’s infrastructure. Six months on, with winter approaching, Nepal continues to confront the challenges of reconstruction.
"Life has not returned to normal in Nepal," says Dr Françoise Sivignon, president of Doctors of the World France. “People continue to live in hardship, as most have not yet been able to rebuild their homes.”
There has been widespread damage and destruction of buildings, in Kathmandu Valley hospitals are overcrowded and running out of room for storing dead bodies and also running short of emergency supplies.There is a need to replenish medical stocks to support health response efforts.
Electrical and telecommunications networks are intermittently operational, although landlines appear to function.
The Airports in Kathmandu and Pokhara remain open for military and governmental flights with a limited number of commercial flights having arrived.
Doctors Worldwide is please to announce it’s work with King’s College Sierra Leone Partnership (KSLP). KSLP is an academic Centre within King’s College, London and has been working at the main Connaught Government Hospital in Freetown, Sierra Leone well before the outbreak earlier in 2014.
Staffed by UK volunteer medics and other health professionals, they are doing a fantasic job in supporting the Sierra Leone Ministry of Health and the Connaught Hospital.
Continued military operations are compounding a health care crisis in Gaza, with hospitals ill-prepared to meet the critical needs arising from a wide-scale emergency right now. The signatory organizations are calling for an immediate ceasefire, noting that all parties must respect international humanitarian law and abide by their obligations to protect civilians from harm.
More Pregnant Mothers and newborns have the chance to survive in Pakistan from now on
Doctors Worldwide is pleased to announce the opening of its rural maternity health centre, DWW RHC Junejo in Sind Province, Pakistan.
It is the second phase of DWW’s maternal health program in Pakistan, a country ranked 3rd highest in the world where newborns die on their first day of life every year and aims to help to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality.
As of December 4th, the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) of the Philippines reported 5,560 deaths, 26,136 injured, and 1,757 missing. A total of 10,956,460 people have been affected and the number of houses damaged is estimated at 1,173,413 with almost half completely destroyed. With the number of displaced people currently estimated at over 3,54 million (OCHA), concerns continue to grow for those living in damaged, overcrowded houses or shelters since they are highly vulnerable to infection, as the rainy season continues and stagnant water remains.
The food crisis in Niger officially started in December 2011 but in fact the country has faced on-going food insecurity since the major crisis of 2005-2006, worsening an already alarming health situation. Indeed, Niger with one of the lowest DHI (0.295 in 2011, which gives the country a rank of 186 out of 187 countries according UNDP Human Development Report) has one of the world’s highest under-five child mortality rates. One in six children die before they reach their sixth birthday and one woman in seven dies in pregnancy or childbirth.
As a charity that provides humanitarian aid and medical relief, we are always striving to ensure that our skills and resources are used in the most effective way. As a creative and innovative bunch we decided to offer our expertise and knowledge to the British and European Syrian Diaspora Communities – many of whom are healthcare specialists, who had decided to set up an independent charity called Syria Relief.
Doctors Worldwide Turkey has launched a new relief operation in Niger where successive droughts for the past 2 years combined with increasing insecurity in the Sahel region, especially in Mali, are pushing families to the brink. According to UN experts, some 15 million people are directly affected in the Sahel region. In Niger, more than 5 million people (35% of the population) are already facing food shortages.
Doctors Worldwide Turkey completed the first step of its psychosocial support project in the province of Van from April 5th to April 11th 2012. The targeted beneficiaries of this project were children who have been deeply affected by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck this eastern region of Turkey last October. 3 psychologists volunteered to be part of this project and joined the DWWT medical team of our Mobile Clinic Project which has been providing healthcare for 4 months in 13 villages located in rural areas.
As part of the Turkish mobilization for Somalia, Doctors Worldwide Turkey (DWWT) has launched a multifaceted operation including both short term projects to provide emergency relief assistance and rehabilitation projects to improve medical care. Amongst these projects, the construction of our Shifa Hospital has been the most challenging and we are very proud to be able to open it in due time. To achieve this goal, DWWT has closely collaborated with Medical Park. The opening ceremony of our Shifa hospital was held on March 6th in presence of Bekir Bozdağ, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister, Dr.
In the aftermaths of the Arab uprisings, Doctors Worldwide Turkey (DWWT) has launched the multifaceted operation “Health Spring in Fraternal Countries” gathering projects in Libya, Syria/Lebanon, Yemen and Gaza. On the one hand some of our projects aim at meeting with the immediate needs of populations affected by internal conflicts and on the other hand, on a rehabilitation perspective, we intend to exploit the emerging opportunities for health reconstruction in these countries.
From January 9th to January 12th, Doctors worldwide Turkey sent a team of four specialized paediatric surgeons and urologists in order to implement a paediatric surgical camp within Sayyidah Fatimah hospital. This project is part of the wider operation “Life for Africa” initiated in July 2011 as a comprehensive approach dedicated to the Horn of Africa Crisis.
Sayyida Fatimah Hospital is located in Mlaleo-Kisauni, Mombasa in Kenya. It is currently run by Iqra Charitable Society which has its headquarters in Jeddah and is also registered in Kenya
Since the imposition of the siege in 2006 after Hamas won the election, the humanitarian situation in Gaza has deteriorated dramatically for its 1,6 inhabitants. At the same time, the delivery of humanitarian aid in the Gaza strip has been constantly hampered by the Israeli authorities.
As a consequence to the popular movement initiated against the government in Yemen, there have been an increasing number of civilian deaths and many heavy wounded people need urgent medical care. In this country we have been witnessing the longest process within the “Arab Spring”. Indeed, launched at the end of January 2011, the popular movement protesting against Saleh’s government is about to come to a conclusion after one year of ongoing demonstrations. So far this internal conflict has caused approximately 1200 deaths and around 3000 civilians have been severely injured.
As part of the mobilization for the Horn of Africa crisis Doctors Worldwide Turkey (DWWT) and Doctors Worldwide HQ (DWW) has launched a multifaceted operation including both short-term projects to provide emergency relief assistance and rehabilitation projects to improve medical care in Kenya and in Somalia. The present report lists the activities completed by DWWT and DWW HQ in Kenya and by DWWT in Somalia from July 2011 to December 2011.