The facts

Conflict and ongoing military occupation continue to endanger Palestinian lives and cause injuries every year. Hospitals are under resourced and emergency staff are often unable to access the specialised training they need. The effects of the 2014 attacks on Gaza are still being felt by thousands who are yet to return to their homes, are still disconnected from the water and power supply and who, in some cases, are still recovering from complex injuries. Improved rehabilitative services are vital to minimising long-term disability after conflict.

Our response

In emergencies, MAP is ready to act fast to get vital aid to those in need. When the bombing started in Gaza in 2014, MAP was one of the first organisations to respond and provided more medical supplies to public hospitals than any other NGO during the crisis.

MAP is improving local capacity to deal with emergencies, and empowering communities to develop strong systems and protocols to respond in crisis. 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, cramped living conditions and over-reliance on open flames can often result in burns injuries. Since 2009, MAP has been supporting specialised hospital units for the treatment of burns in the West Bank and Gaza with supplies, training and equipment. In 2017 we supported the opening of a new burn unit in Hebron, and in 2019, 467 patients were treated at the two West Bank units we support. 

In 2019, we conducted research to learn more about the causes and impact of burns in the West Bank and Gaza. This is the first widespread community-based burns research of its kind in Palestine. Access the full research report or the summary

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

2019 saw a continuing deterioration in essential medical supplies entering Gaza, with April marking 51.9% of medicines out of stock or with less than one months supply.

MAP continue to monitor the shortages and we help by procuring and supplying key essential medicines and disposables. In 2019, we procured essential drugs, disposables and lab reagents worth $809,000. 

Limb Reconstruction and Physiotherapy Training, Gaza

The 2014 attacks on Gaza caused many injuries too complex to be treated within the local health system. With our partner, IDEALS, MAP established a permanent limb reconstruction unit staffed by local surgeons and nurses at Al Shifa 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.

Since 30 March 2018, more than 315 Palestinians in Gaza have been killed and 33,000 injured by Israeli forces. More than 7,300 people received gunshot wounds, mostly to their limbs, showing the huge need for our programme. We responded in 2019 providing 1,478 consultations for patients with limb injuries and supporting 361 complex limb surgeries. 

Hear from Shahd and Mohammed, Gaza programme staff about their vital work supporting Limb Reconstruction patients, and the great advances being made in the treatment of high velocity gunshot wounds. 

 

West Bank burns units

135 health workers trained in basic burns care in 2019

467  patients treated in burns units in the west bank in 2019

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