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What We Do

Medical Aid

Interpal’s Medical Aid Fund continues to support the health sector across all areas of operation; we provide medical equipment and supplies, support research and training among medical professionals and provide medical assistance directly to Palestinians suffering from injuries and long-term illnesses.

MEDICAL AID
The health sector in the occupied territories and in the refugee camps of Jordan and Lebanon is woefully inadequate and unable to cope with demands.
PROJECT PREVIEW
PROJECT DESCRIPTION

The right to health is an inalienable human right and one that can’t be achieved without access to adequate healthcare. However, many Palestinians struggle to achieve this right.

The health sector in the occupied territories and in the refugee camps of Jordan and Lebanon is woefully inadequate and unable to cope with demands. As a result of the occupation, medical services lack the necessary supplies, equipment and staff needed to ensure quality healthcare.

In line with our commitment to ensuring better health and quality of life for Palestinians, our Medical Aid Fund supports individuals and the Palestinian health sector under the very difficult circumstances within which it must operate.

Emergency Aid

MEDICAL

During a severe crisis such as the recent one in Gaza (July – August 2014), we work with international partners (such as UNRWA), local hospitals and the Ministry of Health, in order to be able to respond in a fast and effective way. We open medical points for displaced people, provide hospitals with medical supplies such as disposables, medical cushions, solutions for laboratories and assistive devices such as crutches and wheelchairs. We hire qualified ambulance service teams and support pharmacists and nurses to help hospitals cope with the influx of patients. We also work to provide psychosocial care for the traumatised in the aftermath of the bombing.

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Training for health professionals

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“My time there was very helpful to understand the general concept of child psychiatry, and to see how doctors manage the children and their families.Dr Alawie

Interpal works to support the improvement of the Palestinian health sector, and this includes providing vital training for health professionals in various specialties. We have funded training for doctors in child psychiatry, to ensure that effective expertise was available for Palestinian children suffering due to the occupation.  Dr Alawie was a beneficiary of this project and he visited the UK to study and train with doctors in Cardiff and Dundee. The experience was an eye opening one for him, as he spent time with patients and doctors, learning more about eating disorders, self-harming, depression and medications.

His training and ongoing professional development will mean that expertise will be passed along, and that he will be a champion for the future of mental health services for children. The experience is also a great opportunity for him to develop his knowledge and skills, something the occupation makes difficult.

Medical Aid

Case study

MEDICAL AID

Alla is a six year-old boy

Alla is a six year-old boy from Jabalia in northern Gaza. His left leg was injured as a result of a rocket that landed outside his house. We provided him with an adapted wheelchair to aid recovery. He was particularly happy with the toy truck he received. Despite Alla’s positive signs of recovery, such a traumatic event can have severe long-term consequences on the psychological well-being of a child and his physical trauma will also take time to heal and may never leave him. Many Palestinian children in Gaza suffer from On-going Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder for many years. His mother spoke to us of her fear when she found him injured and that she hopes he will make a full recovery.

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Our Medical fund also

MEDICAL – DEVELOPMENT

– Supported over 30,000 people through the provision of an X-ray machine to a hospital in Khan Younis, Gaza.

– Provided ultrasound machines for clinics in refugee camps in Jordan, serving over 90 women per week.

– Provided dental chairs to clinics in Gaza which will serve thousands of refugees per month.

– Provided ophthalmology, physiotherapy and ultrasound devices to clinics in refugee camps in Lebanon, benefiting over 55,000 residents.

– Supported an occupational therapist and psychosocial support to hundreds of children and families in the Gaza Strip.

– Helped establish a specialist burns unit in south Gaza, supporting 100 people per month.

– Provided over £250,000 worth of essential medicines and medical disposables.

– Supported a project to provide genetic testing in Gaza, which will benefit hundreds of patients.

– Supported medical research into birth defects in the Gaza Strip.

– Supported medical aid for suffering Palestinians during the November 2012 Israeli bombardment.

– Supported the construction of the Jordanian Field Hospital and the Haifa Clinic in Gaza, which will benefit over 50,000 people.

– Supported ambulances and medical clinics in the refugee camps of Lebanon, benefiting thousands of residents.

– Provided educational and maintenance support for 200 children with cochlear implants.

– Provided assistive devices such as wheelchairs and hearing aids for hundreds of disabled people in Gaza and Lebanon.

– Supported medical training for surgery and mental health initiatives.

– Repairing and updating various items of equipment in hospitals and clinics across all of our areas of operation.

Support the future of Palestine

by donating towards our Medical Aid projects