Emergency at the Gaza Strip

Urgent physical rehabilitation needs among injured Palestinians

Humanity & Inclusion teams, experts in emergency rehabilitation, are preparing to launch physical therapy care to ensure that injured Palestinians have the best chance of recovery.

Since March 30, 2018, mass demonstrations along the border with Israel have resulted in clashes that claimed a significant number of Palestinian victims in the Gaza Strip. More than 4,000 people have been hospitalized due to serious injury, including hundreds of children[1]. As the demonstrations continue, these numbers are expected to increase.

The current blockade in the Gaza Strip is preventing the provision of medical supplies, and health personnel are being pushed beyond their limits. Due to pressure on health services, many of the injured are being discharged from hospital without adequate follow-up care.

HI, which has been working in Gaza since 1996, will provide urgent nursing care and rehabilitation for injured adults and children. Those with severe injuries will need expert support to manage their disability and rebuild their lives. For others, early intervention will help to prevent the development of complications and improve their long-term recovery. 

A 11-year-old boy, who lost his leg after Israeli soldiers opened fire on "Great March of Returns" demonstrations at Gaza Strip, is seen with his crutch in Gaza City, Gaza on May 12, 2018.

A 11-year-old boy, who lost his leg after Israeli soldiers opened fire on "Great March of Returns" demonstrations at Gaza Strip, is seen with his crutch in Gaza City, Gaza on May 12, 2018.
Top photo: A medic carries a child to an ambulance after he inhaled tear gas on May 14, 2018 in Gaza City, Gaza.

[1] sources: United Nations / Palestinian Ministry of Health.