200,000 Palestinians Need Health Assistance

As a result of Israel's brutal attacks on Gaza, the World Health Organization (WHO) says at least 200,000 Palestinians need medical assistance. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said it would take years to rebuild what was damaged in only 11 days.

Palestinian child
Palestinian child receives medical assistance from ACT. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, GAZA – The World Health Organization (WHO) warned of a “staggering health needs” in the Palestinian territories after the Israeli attacks in May. WHO adds, at least 200,000 Palestinians need health aid.

The WHO further added that it was scaling up its response to provide health aid for almost 200,000 people in need, including in the occupied West Bank.

In its official statement released on Wednesday (6/2/2021), it said the conflict had further caused further population displacement and worsened the prolonged humanitarian crisis in Palestine. “Over 77,000 people were internally displaced and around 30 health facilities have been damaged,” it said.

The WHO also called for unhindered access for supplies related to humanitarian and development-related supplies and staff as well as referral to patients out of Gaza when needed.

Meanwhile, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) pleaded for over USD 16 million to help the people of Gaza.

“Fear, anxiety and stress were the key words I heard repeatedly today. Even if the escalation was shorter than in previous situations, it will take years to rebuild what was damaged only in 11 days,” said ICRC head Robert Mardini after visiting areas in Gaza devastated by the bombardment.

Due to this saddening reality, Aksi Cepat Tanggap invites all Generous Benefactors to be able to provide the best assistance as an effort to rebuild Palestine after the recent escalation. "With the best assistance from the Generous Benefactors, the efforts for the recovery of Palestine can involve as many people as possible,” added Said Mukaffiy from ACT's Global Humanity Response team, Sunday (6/6/2021).

So far, the humanitarian aid that comes through ACT has been allocated into several programs. In the health sector, ACT provides medical assistance, ambulance services, cash assistance for patients, and fuel aid for hospitals so support the medical treatments of the injured patients.[]