Occupied Palestinian Territory

In Al-Aqsa hospital, in the South of the Gaza Strip, MSF assists medical teams to operate on patients injured by bullets.
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This information is excerpted from MSF’s 2016 International Activity Report.

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) continued to provide medical and psychological assistance to people affected by the ongoing conflict. MSF’s patients were exposed to various crisis situations, such as witnessing violence, raids on their homes, and the arrests and deaths of family members. MSF ran mental health programs in Hebron, Nablus, Qalqilya, Bethlehem, and Ramallah governorates offering psychological and social support to victims of political violence.

In 2016, 4,141 new patients benefited from individual and group mental health sessions, over 70 percent of whom were in Hebron, which remained highly militarized. The team marked 20 years of working in Hebron with a series of public events to highlight the importance of mental health services. In addition to medical care, the team provided training for medical staff, teachers and counselors. In April, MSF opened an innovative emergency response project covering Bethlehem and Ramallah governorates, offering psychological first aid and psycho-educational support.

In 2016, MSF started a partnership with An-Najah University in Nablus to launch the first Master’s degree in clinical psychology in the Palestinian Territories. MSF staff also supported the burns unit of Rafidya hospital in Nablus.

MSF´s burns and trauma centers in the Gaza Strip treated over 4,231 patients, mostly children. The majority of burns resulted from domestic accidents in conflict-damaged homes. Staff dressed more than 52,000 wounds and conducted over 36,000 physiotherapy and 1,000 occupational therapy sessions. In 2016, MSF’s burns awareness campaign reached more than 35,500 children in schools, kindergartens, and nurseries.

The surgical programs run by MSF in Al Shifa and Nasser hospitals, in conjunction with the health ministry, performed 275 surgical interventions, 71 percent of them on children under 16 years old.