Support for Hospitals in the West Bank and Gaza During the Covid-19 Pandemic

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Since March 2020, Welfare Association has been working with hospitals in the West Bank and Gaza to help extend their over-stretched services during the Covid-19 pandemic.  WA helped to support their work handling the scale of infections and high patient numbers. In Gaza we have supported 10 hospitals by providing a range of urgently needed medications and disposables from March through to June last year. The Hospitals included in the project were: Public Aid Society Hospital; Al Awda Hospital / UHWC; Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) Hospital- Gaza; Al Ahli Al-Arabi Hospital; Red Crescent Society- Haidar Abdulshari Centre- Khan Younis; Patients Friends Hospital; Alkarama Hospital/ Patients Care Association; Dar Alsalam Hospital; Palestinian Medical Relief Society Centre, and Saint John’s Hospital.

 

This project enabled these 10 hospitals to deliver their lifesaving and emergency services, directly aiding over 50,000 people. Medical teams in these hospitals were able to provide the medical services, treatment, and testing of patients to determine if they have coronavirus. Teams were also provided with PPEs to deliver their services safely. Additionally, the project aided patients who were admitted to: Emergency Departments, Triage Points, Delivery Rooms and Obstetric & Gynaecological Clinics inside the hospitals, Outpatient Clinics, Burns Departments, Diabetic Departments, Ophthalmic Services, and elective surgeries. Patients were provided with the required medical services and necessary medications.

 

WA is also working very closely with the Makassed Hospital in East Jerusalem to extend their paediatric ICU services and was able to provide two new ventilators, including an advanced Nava ventilator and a regular paediatric ventilator (and other equipment including: a portable digital x-ray machine, arthroscopy system, syringe pumps and 10 paediatric ICU beds.) During the project the Nava Ventilator supported 37 children. The project has also renovated and equipped the patients’ guardians’ room, where parents and guardians spend time when they are not at their child’s bedside. This room at Makassed was fully refurbished, with improvements made to the kitchen and bathroom areas and new washing facilities, refrigerator, sofa, bed, TV, were provided. This room supports 15 companions per day.

 

For more information about our work at Makassed Hospital please watch our latest video here