El-Wafa Medical Rehabilitation and Medical Outreach Programme

Project El-Wafa Medical Rehabilitation and Medical Outreach Programme
Objectives

• To improve the quality of life and support the integration of physically disabled clients in the southern provinces of the Gaza Strip (Rafah City) • To formalise patient cases referral and systematically coordinate the integration of patients into community

Project Partners El Wafa Medical Rehabilitation & Specialized Surgery Hospital
Activities

• Visits to patient’s home for Physiotherapy, Occupational therapy and Nursing care sessions • Awareness session for disability prevention activities including distribution of materials • Donation of Orthotic Equipment (e.g. crutches, wheelchair, etc.) • Monthly lectures for El-Wafa rehab team, other health professionals and community

Locations Rafah City (Gaza South)
Period November 2010 - October 2011 (extended for a further 3 months till January 2012)
Accomplishments

• 605 patients admitted since the project’s initiation, 326 total cases received medications, 206 cases received assistive devices, 324 reintegrated cases into the community • 22,805 therapeutic sessions have been held • 46 professional lectures were held, attended by a total of 955 health professionals and rehab workers

Background
Since the early days of the Al-Aqsa Intifada back in 2000,
tough military actions and tight security procedures have
left thousands of Palestinians killed and many others
injured, displaced and homeless.
“Operation Cast Lead”, as the Israeli army called its
campaign against the Gaza Strip, constituted one of
the most violent episodes in the recent history of the
occupied Palestinian territory. The Palestinian Centre
for Human Rights estimated that 14,172 Palestinians
were killed during the 22-day campaign. The civilian
population suffered further from damage to electricity,
water and sewage systems. Military operations also
caused substantial damage to schools, universities,
hospitals and other infrastructures, destroying an already
weakened institutional capacity.

MERCY Malaysia efforts
El Wafa Medical Rehabilitation and Specialized Surgery
hospital located in Gaza City (Northern Gaza) – the only
hospital offering such services – was badly damaged
during the conflict. Recognising the hospital’s importance
not only during the conflict but also after, MERCY
Malaysia partnered with El Wafa Hospital and helped
reconstruct the hospital’s facilities. The partnership led to
the initiation of an outreach programme for specialised
medical rehabilitation to the southern part of Gaza Strip,
expanding El Wafa’s standard coverage.
MERCY Malaysia carries out house-to-house visits to
provide physiotherapy, occupational therapy and nursing
care sessions to identified beneficiaries