New MAP animation: Breast cancer care in Gaza


This Breast Cancer Awareness Month, watch Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP) short animation highlighting the many challenges faced by women in Gaza affected by breast cancer.

The animation follows ‘Deema’, a woman from Gaza, as she tries to access treatment and care but faces barriers at every stage, including diagnosis, chemotherapy, surgery, radiotherapy and recovery.

These barriers include severe restrictions on exit from Gaza for essential care, including radiotherapy which is completely unavailable inside Gaza. Nearly half (46%) of all medical patients’ requests to Israel for permits to exit Gaza for treatment have been delayed or denied so far in 2017. At least five Palestinian women from Gaza lost their lives to breast cancer in 2017 after being denied exit for care.

For more information on breast cancer in the occupied Palestinian territory click here. 

To read about how MAP’s projects support for women with breast cancer in the West Bank and Gaza, click here.

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