Bulletin #77: Doctors Against Genocide, bringing humanity back to medicine

This fortnight

Health workers play a crucial role in the solidarity movement with Palestine, both locally and internationally. One of these groups, Doctors Against Genocide, participated in the recently concluded People’s Conference for Palestine in Detroit. Peoples Dispatch interviewed some of the organization’s leaders to learn more about future mobilizations to protect the right to health in Palestine.

Meanwhile, the health system in the Gaza Strip faced new assaults by the Israeli Occupying Forces (IOF). Most hospitals in Rafah were forced to close amid the attacks, while the few remaining operational institutions in northern Gaza were besieged again, including Al-Awda Hospital.

Health in the occupied Palestinian territories was also a topic at the 77th World Health Assembly (WHA77), held from May 27 to June 1 in Geneva. Discussions became particularly heated as most Global North countries continued to support Israel in one way or another.

WHA77 also tackled the effects of the climate crisis on health, the need for economic models that promote health, and the future of the Pandemic Treaty and revisions of the International Health Regulations.

Side events at WHA77 included sessions dedicated to the global health workforce crisis and strategies to address it. The shortage continues to impact frontline workers the most, particularly those in insecure jobs. In the lead-up to the general election in South Africa, Community Health Workers staged protests across the country, demanding respect, better salaries, and stable employment.

In the United Kingdom, an inquiry into the use of infected blood transfusions between the 1970s and 1990s concluded, revealing a disturbing picture of how several administrations and leading health officials conspired to hide the extent of the scandal.

In focus: Health in Palestine

Doctors Against Genocide is bringing medicine back to the side of humanity

Peoples Dispatch spoke to leaders in Doctors Against Genocide, who outlined the responsibilities of medical professionals in stopping the genocide in Gaza

WHA77 sees heated debate over Gaza health amid ongoing attacks

Discussions about health in Palestine intensify at the World Health Assembly as Israel’s attacks on Gaza continue

Israeli attacks forces shut down of one of last remaining hospitals in Rafah

Over a million Palestinians in Rafah are left with just one hospital running after an Israeli attack forced Kuwaiti hospital to shut down

Al-Awda Hospital in Gaza besieged again by Israeli forces

Israeli forces besiege Al-Awda Hospital in Jabaliya as more Palestinian health workers killed in West Bank

Pandemic Treaty faces uncertain future as World Health Assembly begins

The 77th World Health Assembly has begun amid delays in pandemic response negotiations and ongoing assaults on healthcare in Palestine

Community Health Workers across South Africa mobilize ahead of election

South Africa’s Community Health Workers protest for insourcing and essential rights with the support of trade unions and health movements

Tens of thousands infected with Hepatitis C and HIV in UK blood contamination scandal

The results of an inquiry confirmed that around 30,000 people in the United Kingdom received Hepatitis C and HIV-infected transfusions between 1970 and 1991

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