Humanitarian Health Action

Referral of patients from Gaza Strip

WHO/occupied Palestinian territory

February 2015, Jerusalem -- The Rafah border with Egypt was completely closed by Egypt in February in both directions; no patients were able to travel to Egypt for medical treatment and no medical aid or medical delegations entered Gaza. Israeli security interviews was requested from 10 patients to have a permit to cross Erez, they didn't get the permit to across. The access for patients who do not have Israeli ID cards has become recently very difficult, this includes expired permits. According to the Ministry of Health in Gaza more people, 1449 patients, where issued referrals in February than in January.

Expanding mental-health service in Gaza

Mervat and her family in Gaza. Members of her family have suffered psychosocial scars from the recent conflict in Gaza.
WHO Gaza
Mervat and her family in Gaza. Members of her family have suffered psychosocial scars from the recent conflict in Gaza.

12 September 2014 -- Following the recent conflict in Gaza, WHO estimates that an expected 360 000 people – 20% of Gaza’s population – are suffering a range of mental health challenges. Studies have shown that armed conflict causes significant levels of depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Psychologist Hasan Zeyada lost close family himself during the recent hostilities and continues to support people who need help.

occupied Palestinian territory health situation - Gaza conflict

WHO/M Daher

1 August 2014-- The public health situation continued to deteriorate and is nearing collapse. Multiple health facilities are closed and remaining health services are severely overstretched. Over 400 000 internally displaced people are now living in overcrowded conditions, with inadequate water and sanitation and there is a risk for communicable disease outbreaks. Days of intense violence rise casualties and additional displacement, many families have had to repeatedly find new refuge. The security situation and unavailable transportation makes access to hospitals for staff and patients very difficult. Lack of drugs, medical supplies and fuel are a concern. Most of the hospitals are solely running with back-up generators as their main power source.

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