12-28 | Some communities in Hebron ‘Area C’ face challenges accessing basic healthcare due to administrative restrictions and lack of transportation. Women are particularly affected. More than half of the West Bank is under Area C designation, meaning it is under direct Israeli civil and military control, which among other things translates into barriers to access healthcare for the approximately 300,000 Palestinians that live in small dispersed communities.
12-18 | The year-long COVID-19 pandemic has reshaped the life of every individual with varying degrees of disruption. Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Hong Kong has been particularly concerned about people’s mental wellbeing after prolonged exposure to uncertainty, especially amongst vulnerable groups who might have difficulty in seeking help. A survey conducted jointly by MSF and the local organisation Uplifters, shows that 72% of the foreign domestic helpers who responded have experienced depression-related symptoms. 47% in the survey sought help from their fellow workers in Hong Kong.
12-8 | As the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) starts meeting today and later this month to discuss emergency use authorisation of both the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccine candidates, Médec
11-27 | On November 4, Ethiopia’s prime minister ordered military action against the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) in the Tigray region, in northern Ethiopia, following an attack on a military base. The escalating conflict is already affecting hundreds of thousands of people, and it runs the risk of destabilizing other parts of the country and the region, with potentially catastrophic humanitarian consequences. On 7 November, the first wave of people from Ethiopia started to arrive in Sudan.
11-26 | On 1 November, one of the strongest typhoons in 2020 struck the Philippines. Goni, or Rolly as it’s known in the Philippines, caused widespread damage throughout the Bicol region, particularly Catanduanes and Albay provinces, around 300 km south-east of Manila. Just before it made landfall, Goni was rated as a category 5 typhoon, the most severe level.