ECHOCARDIOGRAPH FINALLY ARRIVED AT NASSER HOSPITAL IN GAZA

September 27, 2021

Dr. Shireen Abed told us the good news: after months of waiting, and withholding by Israel, the echocardiograph purchased with the funds NWRG-ONLUS AND EUROPALESTINE raised arrived this Sunday at Al-Nasser Pediatric Hospital in Gaza.

The device was immediately assembled by an engineer, and it will benefit from this Monday to 5 children!

Dr. Shirine Abed (photo below), Director of the intensive care unit of this hospital, warmly thanks all donors.

And dr. Yousef Al Aff, the internal cardiologist is at work!

 

FINALMENTE ARRIVATO L’ECOCARDIOGRAFO ALL’OSPEDALE NASSER DI GAZA

27 settembre 2021

La dottoressa Shireen Abed ci ha dato la buona notizia: dopo mesi di attesa, e trattenuta da Israele, l’ecocardiografo acquistato con i fondi raccolti da NWRG-ONLUS ED EUROPALESTINE è arrivato questa domenica all’ospedale pediatrico Al-Nasser di Gaza.

Il dispositivo è stato subito assemblato da un ingegnere, e da questo lunedì ha gia beneficiato 5 bambini!La dottoressa Shireen Abed (foto sotto), direttrice del reparto di terapia intensiva dell’ ospedale, ringrazia calorosamente tutti i donatori.

 

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From MENA region Covid 19 data

Between the 15th and 22nd of September, the following countries announced the highest COVID-19 numbers in the MENA region:

Iraq: 23,443 new cases and 319 deaths
Morocco: 15,727 new cases and 412 deaths
Jordan: 7,292 new cases and 76 deaths

With these rates, the cumulative number of reported cases in the MENA region has reached 8,076,106 and the cumulative number of deaths is now at 156,500.

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Palestine’s COVID-19 surge: Five key questions answered by MAP’s Gaza Director

The occupied Palestinian territory is currently experiencing another worrying surge in cases of COVID-19 driven by the Delta variant of the disease, particularly in Gaza. We asked Fikr Shalltoot, Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP)’s Gaza Director, to answer five key questions about what this means for Gaza’s beleaguered health system and how MAP is responding on the ground.

1)What is the current COVID-19 situation in Gaza and what are your concerns?

Gaza is in the midst of a third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the last 24 hours, there have been more than 1,300 new cases, with 244 people in critical care and eight deaths. We are concerned that the virus is putting a further strain on Gaza’s overwhelmed healthcare system and having a devastating toll on the wellbeing of healthcare workers.

We are also concerned that Israel’s 14-year illegal closure and blockade of Gaza is causing severe shortages of essential medicines and equipment. With just over 370,000 people in Gaza receiving their vaccination, only around 18% of the population, and only 81,000 people receiving both doses, we are worried that the virus will continue to spread throughout this densely-populated area.

2)How is MAP responding to the situation?

We have been supporting the Ministry of Health (MoH)’s COVID-19 response. Since March 2020, we have provided personal protective equipment for frontline health workers, hospital oxygen generators, drugs, laboratory testing materials, disinfectants, and Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) devices and their related medical disposables to improve clinical outcomes for patients with severe COVID-19 health issues.

We are now looking to procure more lifesaving medical supplies, including more drugs and laboratory materials related to case management, to support the MoH’s COVID-19 response.

3)How are MAP’s activities affected?

We have been working hard to adapt and expand our vital support. Due to COVID-19 and the travel restrictions accompanying it, MAP has halted all medical missions that were urgently needed to support the delivery of life-saving surgical interventions and supporting and training Palestinian healthcare workers. We have only been able to carry out one medical mission so far in 2021, but our UK-based expert volunteers have been providing online support to their counterparts in Gaza. We also faced difficulties in prices and deliveries of medicines and medical equipment, due to the global impact of COVID-19.

For some projects, MAP had to cancel activities due to social distancing conditions, but also worked with our partners to adapt and deliver new awareness raising and advocacy activities, and provide hygiene items to keep people safe. In addition, MAP had to divert additional finances from its emergency reserve to respond to COVID-19, affecting some of the vulnerable groups who we had been previously supporting.

4)What are the effects on the healthcare system?

Following the 11-day Israeli military offensive on Gaza in May, there was extensive damage and destruction to the healthcare system, including to COVID-19 testing and vaccination facilities. The healthcare system has not even begun to recover from these latest attacks. For example, the designated vaccination facility for people in the north of Gaza is yet to be re-built. With each crisis that Gaza faces, its healthcare system is being pushed further and further toward the brink of collapse.

The knock-on effects of COVID-19 also mean the cancelling of outpatient clinics and stopping of essential elective surgeries. The MoH in Gaza also had to convert one large trauma hospital serving the southern areas of Gaza into a COVID-19 facility, which fragmented the services provided by this hospital and increased overcrowding in other hospitals.

5)What is the outlook for the upcoming months?

In the past few weeks, there have been some positive signs around vaccinations, with a dedicated vaccination drive which has seen more people vaccinated between 25 August to 9 September than in the entire six-month period before that when vaccinations first started. But this was a short spur of activity and has since been stopped by the MoH due to the low availability of vaccinations in Gaza. The vaccination rates also remain disturbingly low and unequal when compared to those in Israel, which has seen more than 80 per cent of its population vaccinated.

For as long as the suffocating blockade and illegal closure of Gaza continues, it is hard to be optimistic about the future. The healthcare system will never be able to fully recover from repeated attacks, let alone develop sustainably, without a full lifting of the blockade.

21 September 2021

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Follow up, the difficulties of war do not end with attacks

Gaza after the attacks- unexploded bombs

https://www.middleeasteye.net/topics/gaza-under-attack

Gaza: Nine out of ten children suffering from PTSD after Israel’s May offensive

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/gaza-palestine-israel-conflict-children-ptsd-trauma-monitor

UN: Children of Palestine deserve security, not just education

https://daysofpalestine.ps/post/17016/UN-Children-of-Palestine-deserve-security-not-just-education/

And a good wishing picture of the children of Gaza going back to school

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The Massachusetts Coalition for Health Equity stands with Palestine: A call to action

On behalf of 400 medical, public health, and community leaders, the Massachusetts Coalition for Health Equity is calling on Scientific American to immediately re-publish an article on Palestine solidarity that it removed, and to end its censorship of Palestinian voices.
The Call

En français
Au nom de 400 dirigeants des domaines de la médecine, de la santé publique et de leaders communautaires, la coalition du Massachusetts pour l’égalité dans la santé appelle la revue Scientific American à re publier immédiatement un article un article qu’elle a retiré sur la solidarité avec la Palestine et à cesser de censurer les voix palestiniennes.
Lire en ligne «La Coalition du Massachusetts pour l’égalité dans la santé soutient la Palestine : Un appel à agir»

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Is the international regulation of medical complicity with torture largely window dressing? The case of Israel and the lessons of a 12-year medical ethical appeal

This is the account of an ongoing appeal initiated in 2009 by 725 doctors from 43 countries concerning medical complicity with torture in Israel. It has been underpinned by a voluminous and still accumulating evidence base from reputable international and regional human rights organisations, quoted below, and has spanned the terms of office of four World Medical Association (WMA) presidencies and two UN special rapporteurs on torture. This campaign has been a litmus test of whether international medical codes regarding doctors and torture actually matter, and are applied rigorously and even-handededly, particularly when compelling evidence incriminates a WMA member association. Our findings in the case of Israel suggest that this is not true, and that impunity largely operates. The WMA seems in partisan violation of its mandate to be the official international watchdog on the ethical behaviour of doctors. And as the IMA case demonstrates, by their inaction national medical associations or other regulatory bodies appear to function at base as buttresses and shields of the state.

https://jme.bmj.com/content/early/2021/06/14/medethics-2021-107340.full?ijkey=er9ZhGUMP4x0HAP&keytype=ref

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Health Care Workers Call for Support of Palestinians

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/health-care-workers-call-for-support-of-palestinians/

https://mondoweiss.net/2021/06/after-pressure-from-pro-israel-group-scientific-american-removes-health-care-workers-op-ed-calling-for-boycott/

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Amnesty International criticizes Israel’s closure of Palestinian health organizations

The decision of the Israeli authorities to close the headquarters of the Palestinian Health Work Committees will have dire consequences for the health needs of Palestinians throughout the occupied Palestinian territory, Amnesty International said.

https://daysofpalestine.ps/post/16784/Amnesty-International-criticizes-Israel-s-closure-of-Palestinian-health-organizations

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Health and Human Rights in Gaza: Shame on the World

want to begin by offering my greetings to all those here today. I dearly wish that conditions in Gaza were different, enabling me to share the experience of the conference directly with you by taking part directly and actively. The theme of the conference touches the policies and practice of Israeli abuse that have been victimizing the people of Gaza for such a long time. The population of Gaza already faced a lamentable situation ever since the occupation began in 1967, but it has grown far worse since the Gaza elections of 2006, as reinforced by the changes in political administration that occurred in the following year. Israel’s policies have been systematically cruel and abusive, disregarding the legal standards and moral values applicable to the behavior of an Occupying Power. These standards and values are embodied in International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and International Human Rights Law (IHRL).

Read the original post here: https://richardfalk.org/2019/11/27/health-and-human-rights-in-gaza-shame-on-the-world/

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Letter to BMJ

Dear Editor

Gazan society is enduring its fifth health emergency in 12 years, and the biggest since 2014 (when Operation Protective Edge caused 2,200 deaths, destroyed 80,000 homes, and rendered 500,000 people homeless). (1) This time as before the main Shifa hospital has been overwhelmed – it received 1,948 wounded people, of whom 25% needed emergency surgery and intensive care. The Ministry of Health building, 9 hospitals, 19 clinics and the only Covid testing laboratory were all bombed and damaged or totally destroyed. (2) (3) (4) Targeting health facilities and staff is a breach of the Fourth Geneva Convention. Moreover health services continue to experience the debilitating effects of Israeli blockade, now 14 years old, which operates as a form of societal de-development.

Read the letter on: https://www.bmj.com/content/362/bmj.k3299/rr-5

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