Providing medical and psychological assistance to people affected by the ongoing conflict in Palestine.
Our work in the Palestinian Territories
In Palestine, we run programs providing specialist treatment for burns and trauma in Gaza and mental health care in the West Bank. In 2021, we also responded to emergencies caused by conflict.
What's happening in the Palestinian Territories?
In May, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams responded to outbreaks of violence in Jerusalem by supporting the Palestinian Red Crescent Society to assess and stabilize hundreds of people injured by the Israeli police. We also donated essential medical supplies to Al-Makkased hospital, the main trauma facility receiving victims of the violence.
Between May 10 and 21, an Israeli military campaign in Gaza killed more than 250 people and injured close to 2,000 others, while rockets fired from the Strip killed 13 people and injured 700 in Israel. Our teams in Gaza scaled up activities in Al-Awda hospital in response to the high number of casualties. During these 10 days, we carried out over 100 surgical interventions on patients injured in the offensive.
How we're helping in the Palestinian Territories
As the number of patients with conflict-related injuries increased, we supported the health authorities by providing additional staff and medical supplies and improving triage in the emergency rooms in some of the main hospitals.
In Hebron, in the West Bank, we provided first-aid training to local communities and donated medical supplies to general and specialist health care facilities.
Besides these emergency interventions, we continued to run our long-term activities in Gaza, offering surgical and post-operative care as well as psychosocial support to trauma patients and victims of burns, in three hospitals and five clinics. Our mental health projects are also still running in the West Bank, serving people in Nablus, Hebron and Qalqilya. In 2021, we opened a mobile clinic for women and children in H2, an area where people live under full Israeli occupation and suffer from a highly coercive environment, where we provide general outpatient consultations, screening for malnutrition, mental health support, and sexual and reproductive health services.
How we're helping in 2021
Year MSF first worked in the country
How you can help
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