A longstanding blockade, years of conflict, and a crippled economy have created a vulnerable population in Gaza who have little access to health care. Even before the destructive and deadly 10-day bombardment in May 2021, over 1.6 million people were already in need of humanitarian assistance. The COVID-19 pandemic has contributed to chronic shortages of medication, supplies, and health providers, leaving communities vulnerable to the virus.
MedGlobal has been working in Gaza to supply critically needed medical supplies, support hospitals, and increase access to healthcare for those affected by conflict.
health facilities supported
people educated about COVID-19 vaccination
health care providers trained on topics relevant to COVID-19
MedGlobal’s Response in 2022
In 2022, MedGlobal Gaza provided high-quality medical services to all segments of the population, including the elderly, women, children, and the most vulnerable people at Gaza strip. MedGlobal’s services are one of the first lines of response during escalations and wars. These services included patient treatment and care, medical devices, medicines, medical tools, capacity building, awareness workshops, and more. The number of assigned beneficiaries within the MedGlobal Gaza programs scope in 2022 are a total of 150,726 direct beneficiaries and 1,168,974 indirect beneficiaries.
MedGlobal has provided healthcare to 550 elders in Gaza, as well as awareness/training services to 550 caregivers, and conducted eight workshops on psychological support and recreational activities. Additionally, MedGlobal helped 150 elders receive in-home healthcare, such as medical checkups and medications, while also providing caregivers with awareness-raising services on health topics and advocating for the support of access to high-quality care services for the elderly. One baseline study on the elderly was conducted, and 114 people received medical assistive devices.
In addition, for the emergency response, MedGlobal launched an emergency response to assist the community’s most vulnerable members due to the offensive escalation and bombing of the Gaza Strip by providing the local healthcare facilities with medications, medical supplies, equipment, and lab items. Additionally, MedGlobal provided three health facilities and hospitals with critical medical assistance and improved health services for 20,000 beneficiaries.
Moreover, MedGlobal provided Resiliency Medical Mission (RMM) by sending expert doctors and nurses from various medical specialties to provide capacity building to local healthcare providers in several hospitals, as well as medical equipment and tools. The RMM targeted 948 patients, 641 healthcare providers, six hospitals, and four clinics in Gaza Strip. Consistently, 11 health workers were trained on essential life support to reinforce the full preparedness of thePalestinian community to effectively respond during emergencies and crises. Similarly, 13 physicians were trained in advanced cardiac life support.
Further, MedGlobal has established a breast cancer screening project to raise awareness of breast cancer through workshops and public campaigns. 160 medical students were trained and equipped with knowledge and skills to increase women’s awareness levels related to breast cancer. 4,850 women received knowledge regarding breast cancer screenings and early detection, and there was an outreach campaign reaching 4,710 people regarding breast cancer awareness. Consequently, mammograms were done for 101 women. Also, 303 children were treated for malnutrition and anemia, and 815 mothers and caregivers received training and education on improving feeding and healthy nutrition habits for their children. Two radio broadcasts on nutrition topics were conducted, and one handbook about healthy feeding was produced and distributed to mothers and caregivers.
“For more than 10 years I have not left the house, but after the medical team monitored my physical and mental health, I was able to leave the house again. After following the regular treatment, I felt like I was re-born again”.
– Jamela Mahmoud Warsh Agha, an elderly patient