There are continuing problems of access to health-care facilities for both patients and staff, including to the specialized hospitals in East Jerusalem which serve the populations of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
The Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) was mandated in 1969 to provide humanitarian, health, cultural and social services when and where needed to the Palestinian population. Its website contains news and reports: http://www.palestinercs.org/Default.aspx
The Union of Health Work Committees (UHWC) is a Palestinian grassroots non-governmental and not-for-profit organization established in 1985. Based in Gaza, it provides primary and secondary health services beside community services.
The website link is http://www.gaza-health.com/en/. You can donate through the website as directed or through Liverpool Friends of Palestine.
Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP) has offices in Beirut, Ramallah, Jerusalem and Gaza City. It provides medical care in partnership with local clinics and hospitals and works directly with communities on longer-term health development.
Their website http://www.map-uk.org/ carries reports of what the do and about health matters in Palestine generally. You can donate through the website as directed or through Liverpool Friends of Palestine.
The Lancet - Health in the Occupied Palestinian Territory
The Lancet is one of the world’s most prestigious medical journals and its website www.thelancet.com carries a good deal of material on Palestine. This report (from March 2010) on the health status of 3·8 million people living in the occupied Palestinian territory, examines aspects of the Palestinian health predicament: health services; maternal and child health; cardiovascular diseases; diabetes and cancer; health and human security; and the future of the healthcare system. The report was written by a team of health scientists in the occupied Palestinian territory, together with international colleagues from WHO, associated UN agencies, and academic institutions in the USA, UK, Norway, and France. “Hope for improving health and quality of life of Palestinians will exist only once people recognise that the structural and political conditions that they endure in the occupied Palestinian territory are the key determinants of population health”.
The full report is HERE.
A follow-up report in 2011 is HERE.
The British Medical Journal carries occasional news and articles on Palestine: http://www.bmj.com
TRANSPLANTS IN GAZA
A recent medical advance has a local interest for us. A team of volunteers from Liverpool have pioneered organ transplants in Gaza. Read all about it HERE.
AND ON YOUTUBE…
Dr Miri Weingarten – Symposium on Conflict and Health in the Occupied Palestinian Territories -WATCH HERE.