Go to main content

Gaza: HI launches urgent response to support thousands of injured people

Emergency Rehabilitation
Palestine

The number of people seriously injured during protests in Gaza continues to rise. HI field teams are responding with local partners to provide urgent rehabilitation care, mobility aids and psychosocial support to injured adults and children.

A medic carrying a child to an ambulance after inhaling tear gas, on 14th May 2018 in Gaza City.

A medic carrying a child to an ambulance after inhaling tear gas, on 14th May 2018 in Gaza City. | © Virginie NGUYEN HOANG/Hans Lucas/AFP

Since 30th 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, 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.

Emergency rehabilitation is urgently needed

HI has launched an emergency response, in partnership with local organisations.

We will provide urgent 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 visit injured people in their homes to provide rehabilitation sessions, mobility aids, and psychological support.

More information to follow.

A 11-year-old boy who lost his leg during the demonstrations in Gaza on 12th May 2018. © Ali Jadallah / Anadolu Agency / AFP

A 11-year-old boy who lost his leg during the demonstrations in Gaza on 12th May 2018. © Ali Jadallah / Anadolu Agency / AFP


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

 

Where your support helps

Read more

Nepal earthquake: Nirmala and Khendo still inseperable, three years on
©Elise cartuyvels/HI

Nepal earthquake: Nirmala and Khendo still inseperable, three years on

On 25 April 2015, Nepal was hit by a violent earthquake. Hundreds of kilometres apart, Nirmala and Khendo were both buried under the rubble. Rushed to hospital, they each had a leg amputated. This is where they met, attended rehabilitation sessions with HI’s physiotherapists, and learned to walk. Three years on, they are almost never apart and even go to school together.

Nepal earthquake: “When the ground stopped shaking, it was total devastation”
© Lucas Veuve/ HI

Nepal earthquake: “When the ground stopped shaking, it was total devastation”

Sudan Rimal, 29, works as a physiotherapist for HI in Nepal. Since the country was hit by an earthquake on 25th April 2015, he has assisted hundreds of casualties, providing them with rehabilitation care and helping them learn to walk again. This is his personal account.

Three years after the Nepal earthquake, HI continues to assist victims
© Elise Cartuyvels/HI

Three years after the Nepal earthquake, HI continues to assist victims

More than 8,000 people were killed and 22,000 injured when an earthquake hit Nepal three years ago. Already present in the field, HI launched an immediate response in aid of those affected, providing assistance to more than 15,000 people.