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.
Charity information: Handicap International UK
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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 - Project Cost: £10,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £10,000 Mobile rehabilitation teams Could provide injured & disabled people with assistive devices, physiotherapy & psychosocial support
Handicap International 11 staff working across the five governorates of Gaza, and strong links with four local partners.
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.
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.
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Head of Mission, Palestine
A significant number of people have suffered complex injuries. They will need on-going support to avoid the development of permanent disabilities.