Author: ethics

World Refugee Day 2020

COVID 19 and its Impact on Refugees Today, there are nearly 80 million dislodged individuals around the globe, and roughly 90% of the world’s refugees dwell in developing countries, that quite often struggle to offer essential administrations, not to mention having to fight a worldwide pandemic that requires providing conditions of social distancing. What puts refugees at a high danger of being affected by COVID-19? Refugee populations are infected in a similar manner to their host communities. However, underlying factors that affect their wellbeing, as well as prevention measures, can interfere with the way they can battle the virus. One out of three refugee camps are often positioned in remote areas with constrained health care. Typically, there are no hospitals or clinics in refugee camps. Some of the biggest camps do have them, yet not many of them have ICUs or ventilators. There is a critical inquiry of whether refugees have the option to enter into their host country hospitals and ICUs when, most of the time, they are not sufficient for the local population. In this way, their admission to health care and incapability of acquiring social insurance sometimes is the primary vulnerability. Besides, refugees often live with numerous families in very high population – density conditions. It is incredibly hard for them to social distance in light of the fact that there really is not any place...

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EMSA celebrates IDAHOTB

EMSA celebrates IDAHOTB   During this last couple of months Europe has been struck by the Sars-Cov-2 pandemic. Many of us have been confined to our homes for the vast majority of our days. For some of us, home is not a safe place. Homophobia, transphobia and biphobia are still problems in the 21st century and are still present in many homes and families, putting LGBTQI+  people at risk of physical harm or verbal and emotional abuse by their own kin; for them, being home might be a trauma for life or even lethal. We need to stand up and support our LGBTQI+ communities by making sure they are safe. We should not, as we do so often, assume that LGBTQI+ integration into society as equals has been completed in Europe; it’s still an ongoing fight that we have to contribute to, both as individuals and as organisations.  Showing solidarity and support on social media, reaching out to your friends whom you know are members of the LGBTQI+ community, being there for them as someone to talk to, asking them if things are okay with their family, helping them access financial support when they need to, contacting necessary organisations, being there with them in the hospital if they are scared to go because of past trauma related to stigmatisation… These are all little things we can do right now,...

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This week, we celebrate International Human Rights Day on the 10th and Universal Health Coverage Day on the 12th of December. EMSA and the Medical Ethics and Human Rights Pillar, in an effort to spread awareness on these days and to draw attention to the right to health, organises a campaign for the entire week to guide European Medical Students on a matter that should be addressed by everyone. We often associate the Right to Health with access to healthcare and hospitals predominantly, which is not entirely correct. When referring to the right to health, we should take into consideration the underlying determinants of health, which are safe drinking water and adequate sanitation, safe food, adequate nutrition and housing, healthy working and environmental conditions, health-related education and information and gender equality.  And what about Universal Health Coverage? Isn’t healthcare coverage universal or almost universal in all Member States of the EU? Unfortunately that’s still not the case, but the aim of the UN sustainable development goal 3 on healthy alive also set as a target to “achieve universal health coverage, including financial risk protection, access to quality essential health-care services and access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all” within the horizon of 2030. To learn more and spread the word, make sure to join our campaign between the 9th and 13th of December through our...

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