El Wafa Outreach Medical Rehabilitation Project

Project El Wafa Outreach Medical Rehabilitation Project
Objectives

Improving the quality of life and promoting the re-integration of physically disabled community in the southern province of the Gaza Strip (Rafah)

Project Partners El Wafa Medical Rehabilitation Hospital
Activities

Providing professional specialized medical rehabilitation services to clients with sustained injuries or physical disabilities

Locations Rafah City, South of Gaza Strip, Palestine
Period 15th May 2014 to 14th May 2015
Accomplishments

Conducted 10,946 therapeutic sessions of 620 cases with injuries or physical disabilities

Background

The total number of physically disabled people in Gaza strip is nearly 20,000 while in Rafah governorate alone, there was 2,500 disabled people. Rafah is bordered by the IsraeliEgyptian borderline, whereby it was exposed to a systematic Israeli military campaign and assaults where many houses and trees were destroyed and left many Palestinians homeless and jobless. There was a critical need for medical rehabilitation.

MERCY Malaysia efforts

The El Wafa outreach project aimed to improve the quality of life and promote the re-integration of physically disabled community in the southern province of the Gaza Strip (Rafah) by providing them with professional specialized medical rehabilitation services. In order to achieve this goal, El Wafa outreach rehabilitation staff in Rafah City continued identification, assessment, treatment and follow up of the affected community based on individualized care plans. Our rehabilitation staff managed to deliver physiotherapy, occupational therapy and nursing care (10,946 therapeutic sessions) for 620 cases with injuries or physical disabilities. 154 out of 620 cases showed progress and were re-integrated into the community. In order to support the outreach medical rehabilitation project’s efficacy and effectiveness, 31 assistive devices were provided to our patients. Our rehabilitation staff utilized caregiver education strategy to 1,089 individuals who received training about patient care and post discharge followups in the community. MERCY Malaysia managed to hold two recreational days full of activities in which eighty individuals attended. The overall number of beneficiaries reached totalled 4,484 individuals.