Gaza Medical Response

14/08/2014

With 24 health facilities damaged, and acute shortages of medicines and medical supplies, the health system in Gaza is on the verge of collapse. Who do the people in Gaza turn to when they need medical assistance?
 
Meet our modern day medical heroes in Gaza from our member agencies. From facilitating medical evaluations, providing medical first-aid and supplies to simply reassuring parents that their children are going to be okay, they are doing the best they can for the people in Gaza. 

Palestine Red Crescent staff and volunteers provide emergency medical sevices and evacuate the wounded in Khan Younis city, southern Gaza.

The British Red Cross is supporting the Palestinian Red Crescent, which is continuing to provide first aid, ambulance services and psychological support. 

Dr Hassan Zebadin checks over a young boy brought into the makeshift clinic.

This little boy was startled and confused as he was brought into the makeshift clinic and treated by CARE’s Dr. Hassan Zebadin. He’s not the only one. CARE is providing four mobile health teams and supporting medical outreach to approximately 700 people in UNWRA shelters. 

Dr Hassan Zain Eldeen from a Christian Aid partner organisation in Gaza

Christian Aid is working with medical staff on the ground and trying to get to the worst hit areas where people have no access to healthcare facilities. “We are working on the front line of medical care, trying to get to the worst hit areas where people have no access to healthcare facilities.” 

A new-born baby delivered at the Oxfam-supported Al Awda hospital, which is the only centre in north Gaza with a specialised obstetric unit for pregnant women.

Medical Director, Ahmed Manna, from the Oxfam supported Al Awda Hospital said: "About 40 percent of the casualties we've treated are children and many others are pregnant women. Our medical staff are working 24-hour shifts because of the need and it's dangerous to go home. If fuel is not available within the next few days the hospital will have to shut down many of its services to 360,000 people in Gaza.”