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 Gaza
In 2021 to support those most affected by the bombardment, MedGlobal launched an emergency response to provide local healthcare facilities with medication, medical supplies, and lab items in partnership with MAP-UK, the Union of Health Care Committees (UHCC), and the Union of Health Workers Committees (UHWC). Further, because the airstrikes caused extensive road damage and put many health facilities out of service, MedGlobal began an at-home health program to provide medical care, psychosocial support and awareness sessions, medications, medical supplies, hygiene kits, and sanitary kits for elderly patients unable to leave their homes and their caregivers. In 2021, 400 at-home health consultations and 400 COVID-19 and elderly health awareness sessions were conducted by our local health staff.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, MedGlobal delivered oxygen cylinders, PPE, and ultrasound supplies to health facilities, health educators and doctors. MedGlobal also delivered COVID-19 intensive care training to 189 nurses, in partnership with the World Health Organization and the Ministry of Health. In the community, MedGlobal launched a vaccination awareness campaign, which reached over 360,000 people, including through sessions at local universities, radio broadcasting, SMS, social media outreach, and video productions for children and adults.
MedGlobal responded to the urgent health needs of vulnerable groups following the escalating conflict in the Gaza strip. Supporting 3 healthcare facilities with medical equipment, medication, medical disposables, and lab items, in addition to delivering healthcare services to emergency patients and injured people, supporting a total of 10,000 civilians.
“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