Documenting deaths as Israel’s restrictions on Gaza patient travel continue

This week the World Health Organisation (WHO) released its latest data on the restriction of movement for Palestinians requiring medical treatment outside of Gaza. The report demonstrates a continuing negative trend, with almost half (46%) of patients applying to leave Gaza via the Erez Crossing in March 2017 being refused a permit by the Israeli authorities, or not receiving a response in time to attend their appointments. This is up from 40% delayed or denied in February. More than half (55%) of patients’ companions – family members accompanying patients to hospital – were also denied permits or received no response … Continue reading Documenting deaths as Israel’s restrictions on Gaza patient travel continue

Gaza patients denied right to get treatment abroad

Only 60% of Gaza patients granted Israeli permits to travel abroad for treatment A Palestinian patient waits for a travel permit to cross into Egypt through the Rafah border crossing, after it was opened by Egyptian authorities for humanitarian cases, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip Ramallah: The Gaza Health Ministry has accused the Israeli occupation of deliberately causing the death of dozens of patients by denying them the right to exit the Gaza Strip for treatment. This inaction or denial of requests by the Israelis has resulted in prolonged suffering and even death for patients whose lives might … Continue reading Gaza patients denied right to get treatment abroad

New infographic shows how restrictions of movement put Palestinian lives at risk

The latest infographic from Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP) and Physicians for Human Rights – Israel (PHRI) explores how Israeli Government’s restrictions on freedom of movement are putting the lives of Palestinian patients at risk. Click here to see the infographic Many patients from the West Bank or Gaza need to travel to East Jerusalem for specialist medical care unavailable elsewhere in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), such as cardiac surgery and specialist cancer care. However, barriers to freedom of movement are preventing and delaying patients from accessing urgent treatment in East Jerusalem: both due to delays to ambulances entering … Continue reading New infographic shows how restrictions of movement put Palestinian lives at risk

New MAP briefing exposes barriers to Palestinian healthcare

Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP) and Physicians for Human Rights – Israel (PHRI) have today co-launched the first in a series of briefings exploring how Israel’s occupation affects the health and dignity of Palestinians. This first volume exposes how barriers to freedom of movement imposed by Israel are preventing some Palestinian patients from being able to access centres of vital care. These barriers include the bureaucratic control of movement imposed by Israel’s permit regime, and physical barriers of the network of checkpoints which control access into and out of Gaza, the west Bank and East Jerusalem. With many medical specialties such … Continue reading New MAP briefing exposes barriers to Palestinian healthcare

Health ministry: Israel prevents entry of anesthetic gas into Gaza

The Ministry of Health in Gaza said on Tuesday that the Israeli occupation authorities deliberately prevented passage of nitrous gas, which is used as an anesthetic, for the third time in one month. Ashraf al-Qidra, spokesman of  the Ministry of Health in Gaza, said that during January 2017, the Israeli occupation forces prevented entry of nitrous gas into the Gaza Strip three times in a row infringing Gazan patients’ rights of receiving decent treatment, and this comes in conjunction with an Israeli escalation against the Strip. According to al-Quds Press news agency, al-Qidra stated that the hospitals of the Gaza … Continue reading Health ministry: Israel prevents entry of anesthetic gas into Gaza

Gaza’s cancer patients: ‘We are dying slowly’

The Gaza Strip does not have adequate resources for medical treatment, but Israel prevents patients from leaving. Around 1,500 people are diagnosed with cancer in Gaza every year Gaza City – “I’m like a bird in a cage,” Hind Shaheen told Al Jazeera as she lay in bed at Gaza City’s Al-Rantisi hospital, surrounded by family members. “Outside of my cage I can see water and food, but I can’t reach it. This is my condition right now.” Shahin, who suffers from breast cancer, says that her condition has been deteriorating ever since she was denied exit from Gaza for … Continue reading Gaza’s cancer patients: ‘We are dying slowly’

Ministry of Health reveals statistics about cancer in Palestine

Palestinian Ministry of Health official statistics revealed that the rate of cancer patients in Palestine reached 83.8 per one 100 thousand persons, 83.9 cases per 100 thousand persons in Gaza and 83.8 cases per 100 thousand persons in the West Bank. The Ministry of Health said in a statistical report, on World Cancer Day Feb 4, that 52.5% of the new cancer cases are females and 47.4% are males. In 2015, 3,927 new cancer cases were reported in Palestine, 2,400 of which were in the West Bank and 1,527 were in the Gaza Strip, the report added. The Ministry pointed … Continue reading Ministry of Health reveals statistics about cancer in Palestine