Project information

Gaza crisis: Aid for injured and disabled people

We are working to ensure the most vulnerable people in Gaza can access health services. Our mobile teams are supporting injured and disabled people, providing much-needed assistive devices (wheelchairs, crutches, anti-sore mattresses), physiotherapy, and psychological support.

3 months

Charity information: Handicap International UK

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  • Need

    Need

    Hospitals in Gaza are struggling to cope. Without proper rehabilitation, many of the injured are at risk of permanent disabilities. Thousands more people with disabilities have been displaced from their homes and are struggling to get aid. They desperately need your help.


    Solution

    We currently have nine outreach teams composed of physiotherapists and psychosocial workers, working across the five Governorates of Gaza. They are identifying injured and disabled people, assessing their needs, and providing much-needed assistive devices, physiotherapy, and psychological support.

    Even before the ceasefire we managed to make three donations of assistive devices to Al Shifa hospital in Gaza. We intend to import more equipment into Gaza to support disabled people.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Injured and disabled women, men and children have better access to health services

    Activities

    » Provision of professional physical rehabilitation services
    » Needs-based distribution of assistive devices (wheelchairs, crutches, anti-sore mattresses)
    » Distribution of basic needs items to meet the specific needs of vulnerable people

    We aim to provide 900 of the most vulnerable people with better access to health services (rehabilitation sessions, assistive devices, basic needs items).


    Aim 2

    The most vulnerable women, men and children with identified psychosocial needs receive support

    Activities

    » Provision of group and individual psychosocial support sessions to people dealing with trauma, including coming to terms with disabling injuries.

    We aim to provide psychological support to 600 of the most vulnerable people with identified psychosocial needs.


  • Impact

    Impact

    These actions will contribute to reducing the prevalence of disability as a result of the fighting in Gaza. It will also help injured and disabled people coping with trauma.

    Risk

    Handicap International has been working in Gaza since 1996 and there are existing security procedures in place. The situation is currently extremely volatile and we are monitoring it closely to ensure the protection of our teams.

    Reporting

    Our donors are a valued part of our organisation. We will first thank donors including any further information about our emergency work. We will then provide updates via supporter emails, our newsletter, as well as on our website and social media channels.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £10,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £10,000 Mobile rehabilitation teams Could provide injured & disabled people with assistive devices, physiotherapy & psychosocial support
  • Background

    Location

    Handicap International 11 staff working across the five governorates of Gaza, and strong links with four local partners.

    Beneficiaries

    The project is supporting the most vulnerable people, including people with disabilities, people with injuries, older people, people with chronic illnesses, and other people with specific needs.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Handicap International has been working in Gaza since 1996 to support people with disabilities. Since 2010, we have been working extensively with rehabilitation service providers in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, on the quality of services, as well as their availability and accessibility. In Palestine, especially in Gaza, we have experienced and trained staff to work on the emergency response, and strong links with local partners.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Guillaume Zerr

    Head of Mission, Palestine

© Hosam Salem/NurPhoto/AFP

© Hosam Salem/NurPhoto/AFP

A significant number of people have suffered complex injuries. They will need on-going support to avoid the development of permanent disabilities.

Samah Abu Lamzy, Handicap International project manager in in Gaza.