|Project||El-Wafa Medical Rehabilitation and Medical Outreach Programme|
• 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|
• 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)|
• 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
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.