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OUR COVID-19 RESPONSE IN PALESTINE AND GAZA

In the West Bank, MSF teams have adapted to be able to continue to provide psychological support by phone. In Hebron, MSF teams composed of social workers, counsellors and psychologists have launched a dedicated hotline to address people’s mental health concerns and to enhance the coping mechanisms of people such as quarantined people in isolation centres, sick people, frontline medical and paramedical staff, and prisoners. 

Nablus, 48 km north of Jerusalem, accounted for the highest number of violent incidents between Israeli settlers and Palestinians in 2018. MSF has worked in Nablus since 2004, providing psychotherapeutic and psychiatric assistance, group therapy, group me

MSF teams in Palestine are closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19 and liaising with the Ministry of Health in Gaza and Ramallah and the World Health Organization. Our main concern is the risk of Gaza’s health system being completely overwhelmed. 

We are committed to providing essential mental health support to Palestinians during this crisis. While the full lockdown imposed by Palestinian authorities has suspended all group mental health sessions and face-to-face consultations, MSF teams are continuing to provide assistance through phone support. 

 

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Right now, Médecins Sans Frontières is providing much needed support and medical care in over 30 countries to counter the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
Our teams are also gearing up to confront potential outbreaks in the hundreds of areas we were already working before the pandemic struck. We are deploying medical staff, sending supplies and applying nearly 50 years of experience fighting epidemics to protect the most vulnerable and save lives.
 
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Exposed to both direct and indirect trauma, violence, raids on their homes, and arrests of family members, the ongoing occupation of Palestine by Israel continues to have a serious impact on the physical and psychological health of the Palestinian people.

The 10-year blockade imposed by Israel, and the fighting between the various Palestinian authorities, have contributed to the deterioration in the general socio-economic situation in Gaza.

More than half of the population is unemployed, electricity is restricted to a few hours per day, there is a lack of clean drinking water. People’s movements in and out of the Strip are extremely limited, preventing them from seeking specialised healthcare.

Gaza - Lifelong impact of gunshot injuries

Our staff work in three clinics in Gaza, providing specialist care for burns and trauma patients, such as dressings, physiotherapy and occupational therapy. We run mental health programs in Hebron, Nablus, Qalqilya, Bethlehem and Ramallah governorates offering psychological and social support to victims of political violence.

Despite the technical experience of our nurses and physiotherapists, their work is complicated by the limited access to essential medications (such as painkillers).

Complex cases that cannot be handled in Gaza are referred to MSF’s reconstructive surgery hospital in Jordan. However, due to administrative restrictions, less than half of referred cases receive permission from Israeli authorities to leave Gaza for treatment.

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