Why are we there?
- Armed conflict
This is an excerpt from MSF-USA's 2012 Annual Report:
The Israeli embargo, the financial crisis, and chronic infighting among Palestinian parties contributed to the further deterioration of the public health system in Gaza and the West Bank.
MSF teams perform specialized surgery, post-operative care, and physiotherapy in Nasser hospital in Gaza’s Khan Yunis city; most patients are children with burns. During Israel’s “Pillar of Defense” military operation in November, the post-operative clinic received wounded patients and conducted minor surgery. MSF also sent an emergency team to Gaza and donated drugs and medical supplies.
In the West Bank, where MSF offered medical, psychological, and psychosocial care in Nablus and Hebron, the number of psychological consultations increased by 50 percent.
In East Jerusalem, where MSF provides psychological and social services, patient numbers tripled. Almost half were 18 or younger. Anxiety, depression, behavioral issues, post-traumatic stress, and conditions related to domestic or settler violence were common.
At the end of 2012, MSF had 96 staff in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. MSF has been working in the country since 1989.
In March 2008, Fatima, Mohammed and their three children were evicted from their home by the Israeli army.
“Because of what happened to our house, the children were affected. One of them started to stammer; the teacher wasn’t able to understand him.
"All three children started wetting the bed. An MSF counselor sat with the children and helped calm them down, and I learned how to deal with the children at night.
"I myself felt anxious, but the counselor also helped me deal with psychological issues.”