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December 15, 2017 Mental Health & Psycho-social Support (MHPSS) Research: Focus on the Syrian Humanitarian Crisis

In Lebanon, the Department of Psychology at the American University of Beirut in collaboration with Medecins du Monde-France, are organizing a one day forum on the 18th of December, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on “Research on Mental

November 24, 2017 Nada

Nada was fond of orange blossom and green fields… She dreamed to learn piano, she loved the way the music notes could speak to a person’s soul… She believed in another version of reality, a reality far from the sound

November 16, 2017 Mental health and psychosocial impacts of occupation-related violence in Palestine.

“Mental health and psychosocial impacts of occupation-related violence in Palestine”. November 2017 This document relies on MdM experience in Mental Health since 2005 in Palestine, by leading emergency and long-term programs in both West Bank and Gaza Strip. These projects aim

November 14, 2017 “Let’s talk about Mental Health! ”

This year 2017, Canada is celebrating its 150th anniversary. As part of the celebration, the Canadian Embassy organized a Winter Festival in Lebanon. It was a unique opportunity to commemorate Canada but also to celebrate the Canada-Lebanon relationship and share and

November 8, 2017 Mental health and Psychosocial support services in Lebanon

Medecins du Monde is an international non-governmental organization providing comprehensive health services to vulnerable populations in over 60 countries. As a leading health actor in the humanitarian field, MdM recognizes the necessity of integrating mental health and psychosocial support services

November 6, 2017 Civilians in the line of fire: Syria INGO Regional Forum warns against a false sense of safety in Syria

Thousands of Syrians are still being killed, wounded, displaced, and besieged every day as the war rages on and help is not reaching people in need, the Syria INGO Regional Forum said today. The member organizations warned against a narrative

October 30, 2017 Voices from the field

In Turkey, due to the difficulty to get a legal status, economic problems, language and cultural barriers, certain Syrian refugees face difficulties in accessing health facilities and other public services. In order to improve access to the relevant services, and

August 15, 2017 Access to sexual and reproductive health – a human right at risk

Access to sexual and reproductive health, that includes access to family planning, is one of the thematic priority of Médecins du Monde France (MdM). Since 2013, MdM is conducting a program on sexual and reproductive health in Gaza to improve

August 14, 2017 Refugees in Jordan

37 % of Syrian refugees outside camps are unable to access health services. > JIF infographic forgotten issues © JIF (Jordan INGO Forum ) Advocacy Working Group  

July 17, 2017 NGO statement on Iraq

As the members of the global coalition to counter ISIL met in Washington D.C.  28 non-governmental organizations working to provide assistance and protection for civilians affected by the conflict in Iraq share the following concerns and recommendations. Check them out

February 20, 2016 Syria: one person dead in a bombing of Médecins du Monde hospital on Monday 15 February 2016.

Paris, France, Article from the press agency AFP A Médecins du Monde - MdM hospital was bombed on Monday in Syria, killing a nurse, said the NGO’s chairwoman based in Paris to the AFP, who asks to “make the medical care

July 18, 2014 Silent Crisis: the hidden threat of mental illness among Syria’s refugees

Words and pictures by Nick Rice Losing a home is more than a spatial separation; the emotional wrench can result in severe psychological consequences. The war in Syria has killed more than 150,000 people in three years and 40 per

May 30, 2014 The Guardian – ‘We left when the bullets were falling like rain’ – Syrian refugees’ illustrated stories

Article written by George Butler, a reportage illustrator, who tours around the world and paints evocative life stories. This article was published in the Guardian on the 27th of May,2014. Earlier this year, artist George Butler spent several days in the refugees’

September 5, 2013 U.S. News – Another Casualty of Syria’s War: Its Medical System

The once prosperous nation is facing a health care crisis   By Ron Waldman, President of the Board of Directors of MdM-USA, Professor of Global Health at George Washington University President and one of the signatories of the open letter

April 28, 2013 AMMONNEWS – MdM opens 2nd Primary Health Care Centre in Zaatari Refugee Camp

In response to the rising number of Syrian refugees living in Zaatari camp, Médecins du Monde (MdM) is opening a second Primary Health Care centre in Zaatari camp on Monday 29th April 2013. The health centre’s opening is an important

November 27, 2017 Relentless airstrikes continue to deprive civilians of access to medical care

Amid the intense diplomatic activity over the Syrian crisis, Médecins du Monde (MdM) points out that the war is far from over and the humanitarian situation remains extremely critical, with thousands of people still being trapped, killed or wounded and

October 10, 2017 World Mental Health day: Mental health must be a priority in the context of the Syrian Crisis.

On the occasion of World Mental Health Day, Médecins du Monde (MdM) emphasizes that mental healthcare must be a priority in crisis settings as we can experience in the context of the Syrian crisis. The ongoing Syrian conflict is resulting

July 6, 2017 Give access to healthcare and respect humanitarian law!

(Paris, July 4th 2017) To the occasion of the international meetings on the Syrian crisis in Astana (July 4th and 5th), in Hamburg (G20 on July 7th and 8th) and in Geneva (July 10th), Doctors of the World – Médecins

March 13, 2017 AIDA – Media Release : Khan El Ahmar

A Palestinian Bedouin community is at imminent risk of forcible transfer, a grave breach of the Fourth Geneva Convention, if the Israeli government acts on military orders to demolish an entire village in the Occupied West Bank, as early as

September 8, 2016 YEMEN: Medecins du Monde evacuates its staff and temporarily suspends its activities

(Paris, Tuesday 6 September 2016) Medecins du Monde is forced to evacuate its staff from Sana’a in Yemen. The country is currently facing an intensification of the coalition bombardments and a surge in violence. Medecins du Monde is calling for

August 4, 2016 Unacceptable!

Unacceptable! A hospital supported by Medecins du Monde, located in southern Syria, in the Governorate of Dera’a, was bombed on Sunday July 31st. Medecins du Monde reiterates its call to stop the attacks targeting the health infrastructures and to put

August 2, 2016 SYRIA: Doctors of the World raises the alarm about the hundreds of thousands of besieged civilians in Aleppo

(Paris, 28 July 2016) The situation in the Governorates of Aleppo and Idlib has very much deteriorated in a few weeks. Doctors of the World can see the dramatic impact on the civilian population that is being held hostage.  


Two years after the Israeli military operation on Gaza in the summer of 2014, which claimed the lives of almost 1,500 Palestinians, the debris remain visible in the strip. The reconstruction of the infrastructure, medical infrastructure in particular, and the

June 22, 2016 The European Union ignores the basic needs of thousands of people

The 20th June is a symbolic day dedicated to all refugees and in the context of an unprecedented humanitarian crisis, it reminds us that the international humanitarian law and asylum law are violated every day in Europe. Doctors of the World ‐ Médecins du Monde (MdM) is a French humanitarian and public interest organization, which works in the field of international solidarity and has been helping refugees for nearly 40 years. Today, MdM is alarmed by their situation of extreme vulnerability in their countries of origin, the host countries and on the migration routes, especially in Greece which is  a country of transit for hundreds of thousands of them. Since the agreement between the European Union and Turkey came into force, 50,000 refugees have been blocked in Greece and survive in poor conditions. In the face of this crisis, all MdM European network members have got into action and strengthened their healthcare teams. MdM works today in 28 different places in Greece and intervenes directly in camps or through mobile clinics. We provide hundreds of medical and psychological consultations every day. In 2015, more than 30,000 consultations took place in Lesbos and Chios and 14,000 in Idomeni. We attended in priority to the ever‐increasing number of the most vulnerable people, such as pregnant women, children, injured people and people with a chronical condition. In order to meet the basic needs of these persons, we also conducted a survey of these refugees, who mainly come from Syria. 86% of respondents declared that they had been victims of violence in their country of origin and/or during their migration. The youngest fled to avoid forced military recruitment; unprotected women alone with their children try to join their family already settled in Europe. In Turkey, which is a country of transit, some of them were forced to pay $500 to get into a refugee camp. Among those who managed to find a job, the vast majority is paid 30% less than a Turkish worker.  We were also told about many acts of violence committed by the Turkish police. All these traumatic experiences have dramatic consequences for these people. The mental and physical health of the persons who managed to reach the European Union via Greece and survived crossing the 10 kilometers between Greece and Turkey, is extremely poor.  Only 14% of them declare to be in good health while more than ¾  of the refugees received in our facilities say that they suffer from psychological distress. Those who stay in Greece are confined to open‐air camps and have huge medical needs. In this context, we will continue to denounce the agreement between the EU and Turkey, which violates the asylum law and the Geneva conventions. Today, refugees take more risks to reach the Fortress Europe and the death toll is unacceptable. We reaffirm the pressing need to open safe and legal routes for all these people, with the option to seek asylum in the country of their choice. The  European Union must respect the fundamental rights of refugees and ensure specific protection for  women and children—who now make up the majority of migrants/refugees.  

June 15, 2016 PALESTINE Settlement and occupation: living with everyday violence

As France prepares for an international conference on reviving the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, Doctors of the World is deeply concerned about the psychosocial impact of violence related to the occupation and settlement in Palestine. The organisation condemns the surge in
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