“We were in contact with our colleagues in Gaza the first 3 weeks after the war in Gaza started, but now we have lost contact with them. We are very worried. Many of our friends and colleagues live in Beit Hanoun and have had to flee south with their families. We do not have direct information about the situation for women and children other than from the news and information we have from other wars and crisis.”
Pressemelding: Angrep på flere sykehus i Gaza siste døgn I går og i natt har israelske styrker utført en rekke angrep mot Palestinske sykehus i Gaza. Soldater har skutt med skarp ammunisjon mot intensivavdelingen ved Røde Halvmåne sykehuset Al Quds og drept en og skadet 38 sivile, de fleste barn som hadde søkte tilflukt i sykehuset.
NORWAC received an emergency funds of 6,8 mill NOK, from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to respond to the emergency situation in Gaza. The funds were granted for medicines and medical disposables to hospitals in Gaza.
As a result of the ongoing conflict in Gaza the situation for the Palestinian people is catastrophic. Over 1.1m people are displaced, 3000 dead and 12.500 wounded. And to make things worse, the number of medical professionals at risk is increasing.
Finally NORWAC’s consultants, urologist Trygve Talseth and Gro Cecilia Stensrød, a nurse specialist in urology, were able to travel back to Lebanon on the 13th of June. It is three years ago, since their last visit to Imam Sadr Foundation’s (ISF) rehabilitation clinic in Dedregya.
On the 27 September, a delegation by NORWAC headed by our CEO Dr. Erik Fosse visited the newly appointed Lebanese Minister of Public Health, Dr. Firass Abiad. NORWAC was accompanied by a delegation from the Norwegian embassy in Lebanon headed by Ambassador Martin Yttervik, and Dr. Abdullah Omari from NORWAC’s partner organisation URDA.
NORWAC received funding for a new project in Gaza last year in May. The aim of the project is to improve the quality of mental health services and provide patients with mental health conditions access to the appropriate medication. The first mission took finally place in March 2022.
On the 30th of September a delegation of representatives from NORWAC and from our local implementing partner URDA, visited Arsal. NORWAC has since 2015 supported the only hospital available for the local community and the large group of Syrian Refugees living in the area.
The health system and health services are badly affected by the political crisis in Lebanon. One of NORWAC’s projects supports dialysis treatment for Syrian Refugees. Chronically ill patients are extra vulnerable in today’s situation.
Results from NORWAC’s Safe Childbirth project in Gaza was presented at The International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) 32nd Triennial Congress in June 2021.