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November 2018

Confined and Contaminated: the Gaza Strip’s Longstanding Water Crisis

November 1st, 2018|Categories: Medical Impartiality News|Tags: , , , , , , , |

In July 2017, five-year-old Mohammad al-Sayis died in the Gaza Strip after ingesting contaminated water while swimming in seawater polluted with sewage. Dozens of others had reportedly been hospitalized after swimming in Gaza’s seawater during the months of July and August 2018, including Mohammad’s brothers. This incident shed light on the severe health risks associated

September 2018

What the US decision to cut funds to UNRWA could mean for Palestinian refugees

September 26th, 2018|Categories: Medical Impartiality News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

For nearly 70 years, The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) has delivered lifesaving assistance to more than five million Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and the occupied territories. The agency allocates 17% of its budget in order to safeguard the health of the refugees and

Fighting Cancer under Blockade: Gazan patients restricted from accessing needed treatment

September 13th, 2018|Categories: Medical Impartiality News|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Eleven years into the siege, the Israeli-led blockade has detrimentally crippled the healthcare system inside Gaza and impacted the lives of over 8,000 cancer patients seeking treatment, who describe themselves as “patients awaiting their death”. On 11 August 2018, the Gaza Ministry of Health declared the halting of all chemotherapy treatments, putting 8,260 cancer patients,

August 2018

The Perpetual Blockade of Gaza is an Infringement of Medical Impartiality

August 3rd, 2018|Categories: Medical Impartiality News|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Now entering its 11th year, the Gaza blockade affects every aspect of life for Palestinians. The blockade, imposed by the Israeli military in June 2007, has devastated Gaza’s economy and left most people largely cut off from the outside world. Today, 80 percent of its population relies on international humanitarian aid to survive. The image

June 2018

Volunteer medic killed along the Gaza-Israel border by Israeli fire

June 7th, 2018|Categories: Medical Impartiality News|Tags: , , , , |

Razan Najjar, a 21-year-old volunteer paramedic, was shot on Friday, 1 June 2018 as she was helping evacuate and treat wounded protestors near the Gaza border with Israel. Najjar had been working for 10 weeks on treating those injured while partaking in the Great March of Return. Gaza health ministry officials said that at least

April 2018

Another chapter in Gaza’s collapsing health care system

April 12th, 2018|Categories: Medical Impartiality News|Tags: , , , |

As of 18 February 2018, 860 surgeries had been delayed in Gaza amid labor strikes, according to Gaza’s Ministry of Health. Cleaning companies operating in hospitals in Gaza went on strike on 11 February 2018 to protest unpaid salaries. Some 832 cleaners had not received their salaries for months. The Ministry of Health reports that

January 2018

Restrictions on freedom of movement hinder Palestinians’ access to health care

January 30th, 2018|Categories: Medical Impartiality News|Tags: , , , , |

Barriers to freedom of movement imposed by Israel are delaying and preventing Palestinian patients from accessing urgent treatment. Factors including checkpoints throughout the West Bank, and the Gaza blockade, hamper access to treatment for patients. Checkpoints Patients traveling from the West Bank to East Jerusalem for treatment undergo a back-to-back ambulance transfer process, during which

Gaza’s ongoing electricity crisis threatens hospitals with total power blackout

January 10th, 2018|Categories: Medical Impartiality News|Tags: , , , , , |

Update on 13 November, 2018 Gaza’s electricity crisis is nowhere close to being solved. The Strip currently relies on emergency fuel provided by the United Nations (UN) -Assisted Emergency Fuel Program to power back-up generators that allow health, water and sanitation facilities to keep functioning. However, the funds allocated for 2018 have been depleted. By

August 2017

Effect of Power Cuts on Gaza’s Health Sector

August 18th, 2017|Categories: papers|Tags: , , , , |

Power outages in Gaza increased from 14 hours a day in January 2017 to 18 hours in May to an all-time high of 21 hours a day in July. The strip’s energy crisis stems from a dispute over fuel taxes between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority in April. In addition to the impact on the

May 2017

Power Shortage in Gaza Undermines Healthcare System

May 29th, 2017|Categories: Medical Impartiality News|Tags: , , , , |

Locked between Egypt’s Rafah crossing and the Israeli border – the main entry point for fuel and power – Gaza has been suffering from a severe power crisis that has only intensified so far this year. The city’s main power plant ran out of fuel this April, leaving two million citizens with only six hours

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