Fact Sheets

Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP) works to bring together the latest data and information from the field to highlight the social and political impediments to Palestinian health and wellbeing.

Below you can read our most recent fact sheets, produced to help policymakers and the public better understand these issues and how they can be overcome.

Breast cancer in occupied Palestine

Breast cancer is now one of the best understood and most treatable forms of cancer. In the UK, far more women now survive the disease than die from it, with 81 percent of women living beyond five years after being diagnosed.

For women in the occupied Palestinian territory, the situation is far bleaker. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among Palestinian women, but as few as 40 percent of those diagnosed may live past five years.

In October 2016, Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP) and
Physicians for Human Rights Israel (PHRI) published a joint
factsheet on barriers and limitations to breast cancer care for Palestinian women living in the occupied Palestinian territory(oPt).

Breast cancer fact sheetIt outlined how restrictions on the right to movement for both patients and health workers, shortages of essential medicines, shortcomings of the Palestinian health system, and social and cultural factors all constitute obstacles to continuous and effective treatment and care for Palestinian women with breast cancer.

Since 2016, the obstacles to accessing care have increase further
still, particularly for women with breast cancer in Gaza. MAP's
updated factsheet details in particular the growing barriers to freedom of movement of patients and depleting healthcare resources which are affecting breast cancer patients there.

To read more and take action to support Palestinian women with breast cancer, click here.


Gaza's Humanitarian Emergency

In this fact sheet, we discuss the humanitarian emergency in Gaza, described by the UN Coordinator for Humanitarian Aid and Development Activities, Jamie McGoldrick, as "a crisis ontop of a catastrophe".

We make key recommendations for Members of Parliament to urge the UK Government to address the unprecedented crisis.

Click here to read the fact sheet.


Obstructed healthcare and de-development in Area C of the West Bank

This fact sheet uncovers how Israel, which has occupied the West Bank since 1967, imposes a range of laws, policies, and practices which pressurise Palestinians and contribute to unliveable conditions or coercive environments.

These measures place Palestinians at risk of forcible transfer, a grave breach of the Fourth Geneva Convention and a war crime under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

Click here to read fact sheet. 


Gaza's health workers in the firing line

Health-workers are being killed and injured with impunity in the “Great March of Return” protests in Gaza.

In this fact sheet, MAP implores the UK authorities to do much more to ensure better protection and support for Palestinian healthcare which is under attack, under blockade and under occupation.

Click here to read the fact sheet. 


Palestinian Refugees from Syria: Between Dispossession and Displacement

In the five years since the civil war in Syria began, more than 3,180 Palestinians have been killed, and an estimated 110,000 have fled abroad in search of safety, following attacks on Palestinian camps in the country like Yarmouk and Khan Eshieh.

In this fact sheet, we explore how Palestinians have been affected by the war, and their access to humanitarian aid and assistance as twice-displaced refugees. Click here to read the fact sheet.

If you would like to join MAP's call to the UK government to ensure that the humanitarian response to the conflict in Syria provides equal protection for all refugees, including Palestinians, please sign our petition today.


Healthcare denied: The impact of checkpoints on ambulance access

The Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) records the timings of ambulance transfers and any incidents which may occur on a central database in order to track the work of their staff and identify issues to be raised with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

In partnership with Physicians for Human Rights Israel (PHRI), MAP have collated the statistics and cases outlined in this fact sheet, demonstrating demonstrate the issues faced by PRCS teams on a daily basis. They highlight the negative impact of checkpoints and, in particular, back-to-back ambulance transfers on journeys and, most importantly, on patient health.

Click here to read the fact sheet.