Dr. Nagham H., 44 , and Dr. Sinan M., 41, fled together with their families from the city of Bakhdida (also known as Karakosh) on September 6th, following its occupation by the Islamic State (ISIS). They sought refuge in Erbil and now live together with other refugees and displaced families. As doctors, Nagham and Sinan felt compelled to help those who fled with them. They now work in the mobile clinic run by Malteser International and its local partner TCCF to bring health care to the displaced throughout the region.
Interview with Dr. Marie Benner, Malteser International expert in Public Health.
So far, the current Ebola outbreak has caused 5,000 deaths, and the number of new infections continues to rise. What makes this virus so difficult to stop?
So far, there is no vaccine against the Ebola virus (at least none that is approved for mass distribution). All we can do is treat the symptoms. That’s why the epidemic is spreading at a rate no one imagined would be possible. Currently, half of all people who contract the virus die. However, if the current experimental vaccine trials are successful, the WHO reports that a first batch will be ready to ship to West Africa in January.
Interview with Ambassador Marie-Thérèse Pictet-Althann
With over 2,500 conferences organised each year, Geneva, the humanitarian capital of the world, is a centre of multilateral diplomacy. 172 Permanent Missions, 30 international organisations and some 250 NGOs make up ‘international Geneva’ with a workforce of 28,000 diplomats and civil servants. The Sovereign Order of Malta has Permanent Observer Mission to the United Nations and its specialised agencies. Its scope is to develop relations with international and intergovernmental humanitarian organisations and to inform them about the activities of the Order of Malta, by contributing to the discussions on all aspects related to the protection of human dignity. Head of the diplomatic mission since 2005, in this interview Ambassador Marie-Thérèse Pictet-Althann, explains her role and how the Mission has changed over the years.
In an interview with British newspaper the Catholic Herald, the Grand Chancellor illustrates the work of the Order of Malta in the violence-ridden Middle East theatre and offers an overview of the current international scenario, underlying the undergoing major geopolitical changes. The Grand Chancellor also calls for the implementation of the human rights treaties stressing how all sides must respect the fundamental humanitarian laws.