New MAP animation: Breast cancer care in Gaza

This Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP) has launched a new 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.

Take action

Please tweet your MP and ask them to sign Early Day Motion 458, on breast cancer in Gaza. The Israeli closure of Gaza amounts to collective punishment and severely impacts breast cancer treatment. You can find your MP’s Twitter handle here.

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.