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Doctor Constancia Ayres, a scientist ...
Recife
By Flavio Forner
25 Jan 2016

Doctor Constancia Ayres is an entomologist and lead research scientist at the Recife branch of Brazil’s foremost public-health research institute, the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz).

With a PHD in Biology, Dr Constancia Ayres is studying the Zika virus in mosquitoes and its transmission to humans. She published several research studies on the subject including “Identification of Zika virus vectors and implications for control”, in February 2016.

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Wounded Dutch Kurdish YPG Fighter (re...
Qamishili, Syria
By Andrew Nunn
23 Jan 2015

Interview with Richard Jansen (aka "Sarahat Bhotan") at Qamishili YPG Military Hospital, "Nexwesxaneya S.Xebat"

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Dutch Fighter Wounded in Battle for S...
YPG medical clinic in Al-Qamishili, Syria
By Andrew Nunn
23 Jan 2015

In the city of Qamishili, inside of Rojava Syrian Kurdistan, a Dutch man is recovering inside of a hospital for the Kurdish fighters of the YPG. He was reportedly wounded by an Improvised Explosive Device in the city of Shingal, where the battle against the Islamic State is in full swing.

“I just don’t know what happened. Someone got I.E.D. on me. I don’t remember anything. I just remember, they told me I got an I.E.D. on my head. They screwed me over. I just don’t know what happened, man. Just blacked out.”

Dr Abat Abu Mohammad, "Sarahat Bhotan... (Alias, actual identity withheld) When he came to us from Shingal, he'd been hit with shrapnel and he was in shock. When he came the surgeon and all the doctors gathered in. We called more doctors, and all of them came. The comrade was in a coma when he got here and there was some shrapnel in his head and his face and hands. The shrapnel came from bombs and a mortar rocket -- what the Islamic State terrorists are using. We did an operation, and took the Shrapnel out of his head, two pieces of the shrapnel were large pieces, and we were just hoping for our comrade to live. He spent five days in the intensive care unit. He's been on IV infusion and some things and he's started to get better and better.”

While the Dutchman known as Bhotan by his comrades in the YPG, fights to make a full recovery, the YPG and many other Kurdish factions of the Peshmerga continue to fight for the city of Shingal and Sinjar Mountain.

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Dutch Fighter Wounded in Battle for S...
Al-Qamishili, Syria
By Andrew Nunn
23 Jan 2015

In the Kurdish controlled city of Qamishili, Syria, a Dutch man is recovering inside of a hospital for the Kurdish fighters of the YPG. He was reportedly wounded by an Improvised Explosive Device in the city of Shingal, Iraq, where the battle against the Islamic State is in full swing.

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Western Lions of Rojava: Dutch Citize...
YPG Hospital Qamishili
By Andrew Nunn
20 Jan 2015

In the city of Qamishili, inside of Rojava Syrian Kurdistan, a Dutch man is recovering inside of a hospital for the Kurdish fighters of the YPG. He was reportedly wounded by an Improvised Explosive Device in the city of Shingal, where the battle against the Islamic State is in full swing.

“I just don’t know what happened. Someone got I.E.D. on me. I don’t remember anything. I just remember, they told me I got an I.E.D. on my head. They screwed me over. I just don’t know what happened, man. Just blacked out.”

Dr Abat Abu Mohammad, "Sarahat Bhotan... (Alias, actual identity withheld) When he came to us from Shingal, he'd been hit with shrapnel and he was in shock. When he came the surgeon and all the doctors gathered in. We called more doctors, and all of them came. The comrade was in a coma when he got here and there was some shrapnel in his head and his face and hands. The shrapnel came from bombs and a mortar rocket -- what the Islamic State terrorists are using. We did an operation, and took the shrapnel out of his head, two pieces of the shrapnel were large pieces, and we were just hoping for our comrade to live. He spent five days in the intensive care unit. He's been on IV infusion and some things and he's started to get better and better.”

While the Dutchman known as Bhotan by his comrades in the YPG, fights to make a full recovery, the YPG and many other Kurdish factions of the Peshmerga continue to fight for the city of Shingal and Sinjar Mountain.

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Shifa Hospital Emergency Room
By Daniel Van Moll
17 Jul 2014

A volunteer helper talks to a little girl inside Shifa Hospital in Gaza City while her parents are being treated inside the emergency room after a rocket attack on their home in Gaza City in the early morning hours on July 17th, 2014.

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Shifa Hospital Emergency Room
By Daniel Van Moll
17 Jul 2014

A woman is being rushed inside the emergency room in Shifa Hospital after a missile attack on her home in Gaza City on July 17th, 2014.

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Shifa Hospital Emergency Room
By Daniel Van Moll
17 Jul 2014

A young boy is being rushed inside the emergency room in Shifa Hospital after a missile attack on his home in Gaza City on July 17th, 2014.

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Shifa Hospital Emergency Room
By Daniel Van Moll
17 Jul 2014

Volunteer helpers at the Shifa Hospital in Gaza City are waiting for the arrival of casulties after rocket attacks on July 17th, 2014.

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Shifa Hospital Emergency Room
By Daniel Van Moll
17 Jul 2014

Volunteer helpers at the Shifa Hospital in Gaza City are waiting for the arrival of casulties after rocket attacks on July 17th, 2014.

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Shifa Hospital Emergency Room
By Daniel Van Moll
16 Jul 2014

A young girl is being treated inside the emergency room in Shifa Hospital after a missile attack on her home in Gaza City on July 17th, 2014.

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Shifa Hospital Emergency Room
By Daniel Van Moll
16 Jul 2014

A young girl is being treated inside the emergency room in Shifa Hospital after a missile attack on her home in Gaza City on July 17th, 2014.

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Shifa Hospital Emergency Room
By Daniel Van Moll
16 Jul 2014

A young girl is being treated inside the emergency room in Shifa Hospital after a missile attack on her home in Gaza City on July 16th, 2014.

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Shifa Hospital Emergency Room
By Daniel Van Moll
16 Jul 2014

A young girl is being treated inside the emergency room in Shifa Hospital after a missile attack on her home in Gaza City on July 17th, 2014.

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Shifa Hospital Emergency Room
By Daniel Van Moll
16 Jul 2014

A young girl is being treated inside the emergency room in Shifa Hospital after a missile attack on her home in Gaza City on July 17th, 2014.

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Shifa Hospital Emergency Room
By Daniel Van Moll
16 Jul 2014

A young girl is being treated inside the emergency room in Shifa Hospital after a missile attack on her home in Gaza City on July 17th, 2014.

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Shifa Hospital Emergency Room
By Daniel Van Moll
16 Jul 2014

A young girl is being treated inside the emergency room in Shifa Hospital after a missile attack on her home in Gaza City on July 17th, 2014.

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Shifa Hospital Emergency Room
By Daniel Van Moll
16 Jul 2014

A young girl is being treated inside the emergency room in Shifa Hospital after a missile attack on her home in Gaza City on July 17th, 2014.

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Shifa Hospital Emergency Room
By Daniel Van Moll
16 Jul 2014

A young girl is being treated inside the emergency room in Shifa Hospital after a missile attack on her home in Gaza City on July 16th, 2014.

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Shifa Hospital Emergency Room
By Daniel Van Moll
16 Jul 2014

A young girl is being treated inside the emergency room in Shifa Hospital after a missile attack on her home in Gaza City on July 17th, 2014.

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Shifa Hospital Emergency Room
By Daniel Van Moll
16 Jul 2014

A young girl is being treated inside the emergency room in Shifa Hospital after a missile attack on her home in Gaza City on July 17th, 2014.

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Shifa Hospital Emergency Room
By Daniel Van Moll
16 Jul 2014

A young girl is being treated inside the emergency room in Shifa Hospital after a missile attack on her home in Gaza City on July 16th, 2014.

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Shifa Hospital Emergency Room
By Daniel Van Moll
16 Jul 2014

A young girl is being treated inside the emergency room in Shifa Hospital after a missile attack on her home in Gaza City on July 17th, 2014.

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Shifa Hospital Emergency Room
By Daniel Van Moll
16 Jul 2014

A young girl is being treated inside the emergency room in Shifa Hospital after a missile attack on her home in Gaza City on July 17th, 2014.

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Shifa Hospital Emergency Room
By Daniel Van Moll
16 Jul 2014

Used medical utilities scatterd on the floor of the emergency room of the Shifa Hotel in Gaza City on July 17th, 2014.

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Shifa Hospital Emergency Room
By Transterra Editor
16 Jul 2014

A boy is being treated inside the emergency room in Shifa Hospital after a missile attack on his home in Gaza City on July 16th, 2014.

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Shifa Hospital Emergency Room
By Daniel Van Moll
16 Jul 2014

A man who lost a leg during a missile attack on his home in Gaza City arrives at the emergency room Shifa Hospital in Gaza City on July 16th, 2014.

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Shifa Hospital Emergency Room
By Daniel Van Moll
16 Jul 2014

A man who lost a leg during a missile attack on his home in Gaza City arrives at the emergency room Shifa Hospital in Gaza City on July 16th, 2014.

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Shifa Hospital Emergency Room
By Daniel Van Moll
16 Jul 2014

A man injured by a missile attack on his home in Gaza City arrives at the emergency room Shifa Hospital in Gaza City on July 16th, 2014.

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Shifa Hospital Emergency Room
By Daniel Van Moll
16 Jul 2014

A man injured by a missile attack on his home in Gaza City is being treated in the emergency room by the Norwegian Doctor Mads Gilbert inside Shifa Hospital in Gaza City on July 16th, 2014.

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Health Care Crisis in Syria
By TTM Contributor 4
22 Jun 2014

June 17, 2014
Damascus, Syria

Syria's health care system is facing a crisis as hospitals have come under attack and medical supplies have not been replenished because of international sanctions. This video visits a hospital in Damascus and interviews healthcare authorities on the growing crisis.

Interview 1: Dr. Saed Alnayef – Minister of Health in Syria
"The source of this bad situation is not limited to actions of terrorists who directly targeted medical institutions and services, but also includes their targeting and destruction of other service sectors such as water and electricity. This has affected both the medical and the environmental situation in the country. There is the economic siege which has affected the importing of medicine and medical equipment. This poses a great challenge for us. We were able to make use of all our potential resources in terms of medicine, equipment, and medical staff. This way we were able to make up for the shortages, and provide decent medical care for Syrian citizens. However, this targeted destruction [by armed groups] affected 67 hospitals, while more than 38 hospitals completely went out of business. Also, 400 cars were destroyed and more than 20 medicine factories."

Interview 2: Dr. Abd al-Karim – Emergency Room Doctor.
"The public's perception of the hospital in Damascus is that its one of the largest hospitals in Damascus. Recently, the hospital suffered a lot due to the constant increase in volume of people visiting the hospital for consults, which sometimes exceeds 500 to 1000 patients. The patients come not only from Damascus and its suburbs, but also from other Syrian cities due to lack of medical care there. We suffered in this hospital and we are still suffering from the scarcity of some medical products that we used to import from other countries. This is due to the economic siege on the Syrian government. Other than that, there is malfunctioning equipment that we struggled to fix because they were imported from other countries who have boycotted Syria. So to provide the required medical care at the hospital, we had to find other local ways to fix the equipment or use other equipment and find alternatives."

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A Day in the Emergency Room in Aleppo...
Aleppo
By Simon Letellier
18 Jun 2013

During the armed conflict in Syria, hospitals and their staff are frequently targeted by Bashar Al Assad's regime. The Syrian regime considers aiding rebels in any way an act of terrorism. The revolution has changed the stability throughout the country and now even large hospitals are in need of medical supplies, equipment, and staff.

Doctors and their staff at this makeshift hospital in Aleppo are overwhelmed by the amount of civilians and Free Syrian soldiers wounded by regime airstrikes, snipers, and various types of bombardments. The photographs were taken in the emergency room of a field hospital in Aleppo. Doctors were on standby in the emergency room cleaning medical tools and attending to patients when the bombs began to fall. Near the hospital's location, an airstrike commenced and the wounded begin pouring in.

The first of the injured to make it to the hospital doors was a young girl. She was carried in by an FSA soldier who found her lying next to her deceased mother in the street after the bombs hit. The young girl was covered in blood and peppered with shrapnel, screaming for her mother while her mother's corpse was carried into the hospital.

The soldier explained that the little girl and her mother were walking together when the bomb exploded nearby, immediately killing the mother. Doctors worked frantically to extract shrapnel from the little girl’s body. After giving her drugs to calm her down, they proceeded to the X-Ray room. The young girl's father arrived from work and discovered his injured daughter laying on the surgical table, then collapsed and began to cry. Due to the quick response of the medical staff, the little girl survived but two young Free Syrian Army soldiers who arrived shortly after her died.

Another casualty was a young man who was transported to the hospital by a soldier from the Free Syrian Army. The man was shot twice by a sniper. The first bullet went through his chest and the second struck him in his back and was still in his body. The doctor hurried to stop hemorrhaging and didn't hesitate to put his finger into the hole to stop the bleeding. To calm the patient down, they gave him drugs and taped his eyes shut to avoid hallucinations. After an X-Ray, he was sent to the operation room. Doctors did not succeed in removing the bullet from his back but he later survived.

This is a daily occurrence for the doctors and staff of this hospital in Aleppo and many others throughout the country that are doing their best with what they have to stop the bleeding of Syria's conflict.

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Young Wounded Syrian Girl
Aleppo
By Simon Letellier
27 May 2013

Officials prepare a wounded Syrian girl who arrived at a hospital after a bomb attack for an X-ray procedure. While walking in the street with her mother, she was wounded by shrapnel and the mother was killed from a bomb which destroyed a building nearby. The girl was carried into the hospital by an FSA soldier, to later be reunited with her deceased mother in Aleppo, Syria, May, 2013.

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Wounded Free Syrian Army Soldier
Aleppo
By Simon Letellier
26 May 2013

A wounded Free Syrian Army soldier was rushed to the hospital after having been shot by a sniper in Aleppo, Syria, May, 2013.

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Wounded Free Syrian Army Soldier
Aleppo
By Simon Letellier
26 May 2013

A wounded Free Syrian Army soldier being aided during an X-Ray procedure after he arrived at a hospital having been shot by a sniper in Aleppo, Syria, May, 2013.

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Doctor Asleep in the Deserted Top Flo...
Aleppo
By Simon Letellier
26 May 2013

A Syrian doctor slipped away from a 48 hour shift in the ER to a room in the hospital that has been deserted by staff and patients because of intense sniper fire in Aleppo, Syria, May, 2013.

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Doctor on Break Aleppo
Aleppo
By Simon Letellier
26 May 2013

A doctor watches TV between surgeries after an airstrike nearby brought a constant flow of wounded victims to the hospital. The routine of the doctor's life in this hospital is around the clock work with little rest between ER shifts in Aleppo, Syria, May, 2013.

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Syrian doctor in a Field Hospital - S...
Raqqah, Syria
By abo.hashem
26 Mar 2013

A syrian doctor watching an x-ray of injured feet filled with fragments of a shell in Raqqa city northern Syria

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Health in Uganda (6 of 49)
Kampala, Uganda
By Papillon
10 Feb 2013

Kampala, Uganda - March 10, 2013
Involvement in the promotion of better health is central in the development of Uganda as a better nation. This includes clean hospitals and health centers, schools, wells and effective community outreach programs in which people receive free medication, health services and mosquito nets. But even with the strong government efforts in reducing mortality rates, the situation is still serious and dangerous in some areas of Uganda. Children are at especially high risk of vector borne diseases including malaria, as well as water-borne diseases including bacterial diarrhea. Maternal mortality is high in Uganda, and pregnancy is still the leading cause of death for young women ages 15 through 19. The picture shows the procedure for the HIV/AIDS testing inside the Mulago hospital clinic lab.