Occupied Palestinian territory crisis
Gaza patients’ painful journey to cancer treatment
4 February 2019 – After being diagnosed with cancer, patients in Gaza may often have to wait for months before being able to receive treatment. Getting a permit to access the health care needed outside can be a stressful and unpredictable process, and many apply multiple times before being able to exit. Even then, some patients are never able to secure the permits they need to access care.
Occupied Palestinian territory health access report: December 2018
In December, the Palestinian Ministry of Health approved 2,704 referrals for Gaza patients to nonMinistry of Health facilities, with an estimated cost of 10,766,196 NIS. The average monthly number of referrals for Gaza patients in 2018 has been significantly higher than the monthly average for 2017, with 2,579 referrals per month in 2018 compared to 1,709 per month in 2017. In December, 1,921 (71%) required access through Erez crossing to reach hospitals in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and Israel, while 185 (7%) required access through Rafah terminal to access health care in Egypt.
WHO concerned over the health impact of evolving fuel crisis in Gaza
21 January 2019, Gaza - The World Health Organization is concerned over the potential impact the evolving fuel crisis in Gaza might have on the lives and health of patients whose treatment requires uninterrupted power supply if no immediate solution to address the aggravating shortages is found.
1.2 million people in the occupied Palestinian territory are in need of humanitarian health assistance
23 December 2018 - WHO and health partners require US$32 million to address acute health needs of the most vulnerable communities in the occupied Palestinian territory. The Gaza health system is overburdened with an enormous rise in casualties from the Great March of Return demonstrations near the fence with Israel. Since 30th March 2018, over 25,000 Palestinians were injured and over 250 killed. The Central Drug Store of the Ministry of Health in Gaza is experiencing the worst shortage in essential drugs since 2014. Around 52,000 people - half of whom are children - are in need of mental health and psychosocial support as a result of the ongoing tensions in Gaza.
WHO delivers surgical supplies to meet the needs in the occupied Palestinian territory
December 2018 -- The World Health Organization (WHO) delivered 10 trauma and five surgical kits to the Palestinian Ministry of Health sufficient to provide up to 2000 surgical interventions. The donation was possible thanks to financial support from the Russian Federation. The Ministry of Health dispatched the trauma kits to the Gaza Strip where the massive number of injured patients is overwhelming an already overburdened health system.
Health access: Barriers for patients in the occupied Palestinian territory
December 2018 -- In October, the Palestinian Ministry of Health approved 2578 referrals for Gaza patients to non-Ministry of Health facilities. The average number of monthly referrals for Gaza patients has been significantly higher in 2018 than the year before, with 2612 referrals per month compared to 1709 in 2017.
Gaza: Waiting for treatment
21 November 2018 – Rami, 40, sits in the hospital bed stretching his right leg with a piece of white fabric to avoid stiffness in the joints. He cannot walk. He has a severely comminuted right femur fracture caused by the gunshot injury he received in October, during the mass demonstrations in the Gaza Strip. Rami’s leg is temporarily stabilized with an external fixator. But to stimulate bone growth and avoid long-term disability he needs a circular frame that is currently unavailable in Gaza.
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