The facts

Conflict and ongoing military occupation continue to endanger Palestinian lives and cause injuries every year. Hospitals are under-resourced, health services fragmented, and emergency staff are often unable to access the specialised training they need. The effects of repeated attacks on Gaza, including Israeli military assaults in 2008-09, 2012, 2014 and 2021, and attacks on protesters during the Great Return March demonstrations in 2018, are still being felt by thousands.

Even years after these crises, many of those injured are still recovering, and continue to need complex surgeries to reconstruct shattered limbs. Improved rehabilitative services are vital to minimising long-term disability after conflict.

Our response

In emergencies, MAP responds rapidly with partners to get urgent medical supplies to hospitals so that injured and sick Palestinians can receive the treatment they need. We also support trauma, limb reconstruction, burns, neurosurgery and blood bank services.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made a huge contribution to the Palestinian Ministry of Health (MoH)’s response, providing personal protective equipment for frontline health workers, oxygen generators, drugs, laboratory testing materials, disinfectant and Continuous Positive Airway Pressure devices to improve clinical outcomes for severely-ill patients.

MAP also works to ensure the long-term development of the capacity of Palestinian healthcare workers and the health system to deal with emergencies, and empowers communities to develop strong systems and protocols to respond to crises. We ensure that hospitals are appropriately stocked and equipped, and ready to respond to emergencies.

Our Projects

Improving the treatment of burns, West Bank and Gaza

Displacement, electricity shortages, cramped living conditions and over-reliance on open flames can often result in burns injuries, with women and children most at risk. In the West Bank, checkpoints and roadblocks delay access to burn services, increasing the chance of infection and sepsis. MAP is building capacity in four burn treatment units – two in the West Bank and two in Gaza – through specialised training and by providing essential drugs and equipment.

Read about Palestinian surgeons from Hebron and Nablus burn units who benefited from an intensive four month burn management training placement in India and Nepal in 2019.

Zero stock medicines and disposables, Gaza

Gaza is experiencing chronic shortages of vital medical supplies, with 50% of essential medicines at “zero stock” meaning there is less than one month’s supply at Gaza’s Central Drug Store in March 2021. These shortages compromise patient care and cause avoidable death and disability, and have been exacerbated by recent emergencies, including Israel’s military assault on Gaza in May 2021.

MAP monitors these shortages and helps by procuring and supplying essential medicines and disposables, including drugs and laboratory testing materials needed for COVID-19 response.

Limb reconstruction and physiotherapy training, Gaza

Repeated attacks on Gaza have caused many injuries too complex to be treated within the resource-deprived local health system. With our partner, IDEALS, MAP established a permanent limb reconstruction unit staffed by local surgeons and nurses at Nasser Hospital, securing the future of post-traumatic and reconstructive surgery in Gaza. We are also investing in rehabilitation services to reduce the likelihood of ongoing health complications.

During the “Great March of Return” demonstrations in 2018-19, more than 7,000 people were shot with live ammunition. In the May 2021 attacks on Gaza, 260 Palestinians were killed, including 66 children. Over 2,200 Palestinians were wounded during the violence, including 685 children and 480 women, many of whom may suffer injuries requiring long-term rehabilitation or permanent disability. These repeated crises have demonstrated the huge need for our work.

Responding to the economic crisis, Lebanon

Lebanon is experiencing its worst economic crisis in decades, which is happening in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. This multi-layered crisis is disproportionately affecting the 250,000 Palestinian refugees living in camps across Lebanon.

MAP has scaled up its emergency response, recruiting more midwives to provide regular home visits to vulnerable pregnant women, new mothers and babies; delivering food parcels to families at high risk of malnutrition; and providing essential medical equipment for Palestine Red Crescent Society hospitals.

 

In 2020, 61 blood donation campaigns were implemented and 2,512 units of blood collected in Gaza

 

 

 

 

GAZA ZERO STOCK MEDICINES 

50% OF MEDICINES AT

ZERO STOCK

IN March 2021

 

 

 

 

 

in 2020, 169 complex limb surgeries were performed by the local Gaza team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LEBANON EMERGENCY RESPONSE

840 families supported with 840 food parcels, 2,520 warm blankets and fuel

CASE STUDY:

Not just a painful memory

Read how MAP is helping those injured during the Great Return March demonstrations in Gaza recover from gunshot wounds three years on.

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