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Venezuela’s doctors and patients share tales of despair and dismay
“Yes, the babies die”: Tales of despair and dismay from Venezuela
To get a sense of how fast and how far Venezuela has fallen, look no further than the University Hospital of Maracaibo. Once a shining beacon of the South American nation’s oil-rich economy this modernist building that once pioneered liver transplants now peels intro disrepair and lacks electricity, water, even basic medicines. The shelves lie empty, coated with flies, and outside a large mound of blue rubbish bags grows, rotting by the day. “Hospitals have become like extermination camps,” says surgeon and professor Dr. Dora Colomenares. Our weekend read is the latest instalment of Susan Schulman’s special report on the humanitarian impacts of Venezuela’s economic collapse. Through the graphic accounts of patients and doctors, it lays bare the collapse of a healthcare system that has now lost most of its capability to treat the sick. As medical personnel join the mass exodus from the country, malnutrition is weakening immune systems and long-dormant diseases are returning. “We feel very helpless because there is nothing we can do,” Colomenares says. “Yes,” she nods, “yes, the babies die.”
Venezuela  health.care  policy.making  politics  society  development  aid 
14 days ago by ondrejr
Displaced People in Shelter Centers Blackmailed for Aid - al-Hal, Dec 6, 2018
Activist Nour al-Kaswani told the Al-Hal website that the Herjalleh shelter center “has become known for the corruption of those in charge. They deprive displaced people of their shares of food and do not deliver aid despite it having arrived months earlier, on the pretext of arranging the lists and organizing work.”

Kaswani added that those responsible for distribution in these institutions “extort civilians, especially women, trying to receive sexual favors from them in exchange for the easing of the delivery of aid. This was confirmed by a number of women in the center.”
Damascus  exploitation  rape  prostitution  Mar15  aid  Reconciliation 
16 days ago by elizrael
Lucky iron fish - Wikipedia
iron object in pan helps with deficiencies
nutrition  health  iron  poverty  aid  wikipedia 
19 days ago by ignatz
Revealed: legal aid cuts forcing parents to give up fight for children | Law | The Guardian
Ex-minister says cuts went too far, as Guardian investigation shows wide-ranging impact [...] “draconian”. Protracted austerity since 2012 has reduced funding by about £950m a year in real terms, causing an alarming rise in the number of people forced to represent themselves. [...] Prevented hundreds of thousands of people from pursuing justice in other areas such as housing, debt, employment, clinical negligence, immigration, welfare payments and education. [...] “What saved the courts from chaos is that [the government also] cut police funding. If you restored funding to the police and they caught and prosecuted more [suspects], the courts would be in desperate trouble.” &! https://www.theguardian.com/law/2018/dec/26/how-legal-aid-cuts-filled-family-courts-with-bewildered-litigants &! https://www.theguardian.com/law/2018/dec/26/strain-of-legal-aid-cuts-showing-in-family-housing-and-immigration-law &! https://www.theguardian.com/law/2018/dec/26/legal-aid-how-has-it-changed-in-70-years &! https://www.theguardian.com/law/2018/dec/27/its-completely-wrong-falsely-accused-tory-mp-attacks-legal-aid-cuts &! https://www.theguardian.com/law/2018/dec/27/secret-barrister-legal-aid-the-rule-law-cuts
UK  Austerity  injustice  inequality  LegalAid  legal  aid  poverty  Police  prison  Probation  Privatisation  postcode  lottery 
25 days ago by asterisk2a
IRIN | US bans aid workers in Turkey-Syria scam - Sep 11, 2018
GOAL A former logistics officer with an Irish NGO has been banned from doing business with the US government for 10 years for his key role in a corruption ring that sought to pocket a slice of Syrian aid budgets.
Mar15  aid  corruption  USAID  Idlib  turkey 
26 days ago by elizrael
IRIN | US tightens counter-terror clampdown on Syria aid - Sep 22, 2018
The US government has reinforced counter-terrorism controls on aid operations in Syria. New contractual terms require US-funded organisations to get special permission to provide relief in areas controlled by extremist groups. The move further complicates aid operations for those trapped in Syria’s last rebel stronghold, Idlib, where two thirds of its three million people need assistance.
Mar15  JabhatAl-Nusra  COIN  terrorism  USG  aid  Idlib 
26 days ago by elizrael
IRIN | Another Syria aid operation on hold in rebel stronghold Idlib, Sep 21, 2018
The Irish NGO GOAL has suspended food voucher distributions in Syria’s troubled Idlib region since February as donor concerns widen about delivering aid in areas controlled by extremist groups. A GOAL spokesperson confirmed it had “paused” the initiative but did not offer details of the move, which has not been previously reported.
aid  Mar15  Idlib  corruption 
26 days ago by elizrael
Netanyahu asked U.S. to cut aid for Palestinian refugees, changing Israel's position - Axios, Sep 2, 2018
Around two weeks ago, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu privately conveyed a message to the White House stressing that Israel's position regarding the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) has changed — and that it now supports a complete cut of all U.S. funding to the agency, which gives aid to Palestinian refugees, Israeli officials told me. The officials added Netanyahu communicated with the Trump administration without consulting Israel's security chiefs.
UNRWA  Israel  Netanyahu  TrumpAdministration  aid 
26 days ago by elizrael
Britain to axe funding for scheme supporting Syrian opposition | World news | The Guardian, Aug 20, 2018
Funding to support the operations of the Free Syria police force is set to come to an end in September, with government sources conceding the Access to Justice and Community Service (Ajacs) programme had become too difficult to deliver.

The government said the scheme had been kept under review because of the high risk, difficult conflict environment to ensure the benefits justified the risks, acknowledging the scheme had become too difficult to deliver as the balance between potential gain and risk shifted.

It said over recent months that the situation on the ground in those regions had become more difficult.
police  Mar15  Idlib  UK  aid 
26 days ago by elizrael
Syrians in Former Opposition Areas Struggle as Aid Groups Withdraw - al-Sharq al-Awsat, Oct 9, 2018
"The aid that used to come to the south from international agencies, has completely stopped," said Mohammad al-Zoabi, 29, from al-Mseifra in southern Syria.

"Now, there's a lack of flour, medical supplies, and hospitals in general after medical points and field clinics were closed, badly affecting people," he said.

The International Rescue Committee (IRC), Mercy Corps, and Save the Children all confirmed they had halted aid programmes.

“The changes in control that have been witnessed means that humanitarian access continues to be constrained," the UN said in August.
blockade  aid  Mar15  Reconciliation  Homs 
26 days ago by elizrael
The Syrian refugee crisis in Lebanon | Executive Magazine, Dec 17, 2018
Given that these funding gaps have existed since 2012, it should come as no surprise that there has been little marked improvement in the socioeconomic conditions of refugees, despite years of aid. In a 2018 update to the UNHCR’s refugee response plan for 2017 to 2020, the agency stated that more than 76 percent of Syrian refugees live below the poverty line, set at $3.84 per day. A whopping 87 percent of them are in debt, with the average debt amounting to $798 per person. Syrian refugees incur significant costs—for example, 18 percent of average monthly expenditure goes toward paying rent, often for overcrowded housing. Meanwhile, food is the largest monthly expenditure, at 44 percent, and accounts for the greatest proportion of debt. 
UNHCR  Lebanon  refugees  Mar15  refoulment  aid  poverty 
27 days ago by elizrael

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