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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 socioeconomic situation in Gaza and the West Bank.

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.

Our staff work in three clinics in Gaza, providing specialist care for burns and trauma patients, such as dressings, physiotherapy and occupational therapy. Despite the technical experience of our nurses and physiotherapists, their work is complicated by the limited access to essential painkillers in Gaza.

Gaza - Lifelong impact of gunshot injuries

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.

In November 2017, MSF concluded its mental health interventions in Bethlehem and Ramallah, but continue to run the programs in Nablus, Qalqilya and Hebron governorates.

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