Gaza: Injured Palestinians need urgent physical rehabilitation

Report
from Handicap International - Humanity & Inclusion
Published on 17 May 2018

The number of people seriously injured during protests in Gaza continues to rise. Humanity & Inclusion (HI) has decided to extend its activity in Gaza and offer its expertise in emergency rehabilitation care to ensure that the injured have the best chance of recovery.

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

"The current blockade in Gaza is preventing the provision of medical supplies. Health personnel are being pushed beyond their limits and due to pressure on health services, many of the injured are being discharged from hospital without adequate follow-up care. Without an adapted follow up care, the risk of complications and permanent disability increases" explains Bruno Leclercq, HI director in the region.

HI, in partnership with local organisations, 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. Mobile teams of physiotherapists and social workers will meet injured people in their homes to provide rehabilitation sessions and psychological support.

Notes

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

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