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Feature The BMJ Christmas 2018 Appeal

How volunteer doctors help the world’s most vulnerable patients, from Yemen to Ukraine, Bangladesh to Bethnal Green

BMJ 2018; 363 doi: (Published 29 November 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;363:k4993
  1. Jane Feinmann,
  2. freelance journalist
  1. London, UK
  1. jane{at}

The charity Doctors of the World brings healthcare to the most vulnerable people globally, including in the UK, which is why The BMJ has chosen it for its Christmas appeal this year, as Jane Feinmann writes. Please give generously

Doctors of the World provides essential healthcare to Syrian refugees in Lebanon

Credit: Olivier Papegnies

The charity Doctors of the World works worldwide to empower the most vulnerable, and often forgotten, people to access healthcare.

In Lebanon, 20 miles east of Beirut, for example, it supports five primary healthcare centres and one mobile clinic in the Beqaa valley, home to many of the 1.5 million Syrian refugees who now reside in Lebanon (pictured).

In Yemen, where war has left 22 million men, women, and children at risk of starvation, …

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