In Gaza, the local healthcare system is overstretched, underfunded and deeply impacted by over a decade of blockade. We have been providing surgical and post-surgical assistance to victims of burns and trauma in Gaza for almost 15 years.
In 2018, we began offering reconstructive and orthopaedic surgery, dressing changes, physiotherapy, health education and psychosocial support to thousands of Gazans injured in the Great March of Return protests. Many have complex and severe wounds that require repeated surgical interventions, treatment for infections and intense levels of follow-up and rehabilitation.
In the West Bank, occupation, violence, unemployment and poverty continue to have a profound impact on the mental health of Palestinians. Our teams offer psychological support in Hebron, Nablus, Qalqilya and Tubas. In late 2020, we also began to run mobile clinics to provide healthcare in remote communities in Hebron district.
Our teams are currently responding to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
Our activities in 2021 in Palestine
Data and information from the International Activity Report 2021.
In May, Médecins Sans Frontières teams responded to outbreaks of violence in Jerusalem by supporting the Palestinian Red Crescent Society to assess and stabilise hundreds of people injured by the Israeli police. We also donated essential medical supplies to Al-Makkased hospital, the main trauma facility receiving victims of the violence.
Between 10 and 21 May, an Israeli military campaign in Gaza killed more than 250 people and injured close to 2,000 others, while rockets fired from the Strip killed 13 people and injured 700 in Israel. Our teams in Gaza scaled up activities in Al-Awda hospital in response to the high number of casualties. During these 10 days, we carried out over 100 surgical interventions on patients injured in the offensive.
As the number of patients with conflict-related injuries increased, we supported the health authorities by providing additional staff and medical supplies and improving triage in the emergency rooms in some of the main hospitals.
In Hebron, in the West Bank, we provided first-aid training to local communities and donated medical supplies to general and specialist healthcare facilities.
Besides these emergency interventions, we continued to run our long-term activities in Gaza, offering surgical and post-operative care, as well as psychosocial support, to trauma patients and burns victims in three hospitals and five clinics. Our mental health projects are also still running in the West Bank, serving people in Nablus, Hebron and Qalqilya.
In 2021, we opened a mobile clinic for women and children in H2, an area where people live under full Israeli occupation and suffer from a highly coercive environment, where we provide general outpatient consultations, screening for malnutrition, mental health support and sexual and reproductive health services.