(Last update: 26 May 2020)

In response to the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19, or 2019-nCoV) in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) and Lebanon, Medical Aid for Palestinian (MAP) is prioritising infection prevention and control, and the provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for health workers.

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In support of infection control, we have so far provided Gaza with 430 hygiene kits, 4,552L of disinfectant alcohol gel, and 2,000 Protective Personal Equipment (PPE) suits, 10,500 sterile gowns, 84,000 face masks, 65 eye protection glasses and 500,000 latex gloves. In the West Bank we have delivered 204 PPE kits for health workers to the Ministry of Health. In Lebanon MAP has provided 287 PPE kits to five Palestine Red Crescent Society Hospitals, including 1,148 N95 masks, 28,700 surgical masks, 2,870 sterile gowns, 574 eye goggles, 574 overalls, 28,700 gloves and 14,350 shoe covers. 

We are also responding to existing stock shortages and have already provided supplies of ten essential drugs, including antibiotics and medicines for the respiratory system, and seven medical consumables to Gaza’s Central Drug Store and urgently needed drugs worth $33,000 to Al Awdah Hospital in Gaza. We are also working to ensure intensive care units are ready if coronavirus spreads, and have delivered 500 bottles of nutritional supplement for ICU patients (Intralipid 20% fat emulsion) to Gaza's Central Drug Store.

At all times, MAP’s response will be guided by priority lists provided by the World Health Organization and Ministries of Health, whilst our well-established local and regional procurement systems will ensure that essential items reach hospitals, primary healthcare centres and community partners as quickly as possible. 

Situation in the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel

Currently there are 602 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) and sadly five deaths. In the West Bank 547 cases have been confirmed, including 179 in East Jerusalem. There have been four deaths in the West Bank, including two in East Jerusalem. In Gaza 55 cases have been confirmed and sadly one death. The latest local updates from the World Health Organization (WHO) are available on their website here.

The Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced a 30-day "state of emergency" on 5 March, closing schools, restricting non-essential travel between areas, and cancelling foreign tourist reservations and international conferences. On 23 March full lock-down measures were introduced in the West Bank. On 5 May, the state of emergency was renewed for another month.
In Gaza and the West Bank all Palestinian citizens coming back from abroad are placed under a mandatory quarantine for a period of 14 days in quarantine centres. 

There are currently 16,712 confirmed cases in Israel and sadly 279 deaths. 

All travellers entering Israel, including Israeli nationals, must undergo 14 days of home quarantine.

MAP has therefore suspended visiting medical missions to the West Bank and Gaza for this period. 

Situation in Lebanon

Currently there are 1,114 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Lebanon and sadly 26 deaths. Six residents of the Palestinian Wavel Camp have tested positive for the virus.

The latest local updates from the WHO are available on their website here.

On Monday 16 March, the Government in Lebanon closed restaurants, shopping centres and all but essential services and advised citizens to stay at home except in extreme circumstances.

MAP’s community midwives continue to provide essential care to expectant and new mothers and their new-born babies in Palestinian refugee camps. MAP has procured face masks, antiseptic lotions and gloves so the midwives can safely conduct individual health education sessions.

MAP has procured additional supplies of face masks and hand sanitiser for our midwives. They have also received hard copies of the WHO printed corona virus material and are reporting daily to our Maternal and Child Health centres and visiting beneficiaries in the camps as usual.

The latest global updates from the WHO are available here.

Travel and health advice

The latest travel advice from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office regarding COVID-19 is available on their website here.

The WHO’s health and prevention advice to the public is available here, and advice from NHS England here.