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  A report about the medical relief provided to Gaza by the aid convoy Miles of Smiles 4
by Adli Al-Baraqouni - Humanitarian Voice - 2011-08-26

The convoy responded by providing many items of missing medicines

The Palestinian Ministry of Health, in the caretaker government of Gaza has issued a report documenting the quality of medical and health relief that were provided to Gaza hospitals by the aid convoy “Miles of Smiles 4” in early days of the current month of Ramadan.

The report talked about various steps of the aid convoy mission, its justifications, and details about the types of drug and missing medicines that it carried and delivered to Gaza hospitals, in addition to special baby milk direly needed for treating newly born in the coastal enclave

The Health Ministry report reads as the following :

We would like to express our gratitude, and appreciation for the organizers of the aid convoy “Miles of Smiles 4” who travelled long distances to deliver their medical and humanitarian relief to the citizens of besieged Gaza Strip, whereas, their medical donations of medicine and medical supplies have had a great impact on the hearts of patients and deprived people, In light of the crisis experienced by the pharmaceutical sector in Gaza Strip. Please accept our utmost respect and appreciation.

With our highest respect and consideration

Palestinian Ministry of Health

Delivering medicines to Gaza Hospitals by the convoy of Miles of Smiles ( 4 )

Introduction :

Gaza Strip is witnessing an escalating crisis, due to the ongoing blockade, that led to the destruction of many basics of life’s essentials.

Gaza Strip is actually undergoing a virtual humanitarian catastrophe, due to the ongoing siege, and to continued assaults of occupation forces that made its citizens in dire need to those contributing in alleviating their suffering.

The deteriorating situation reached the extent of preventing the entry of medicine to Gaza Strip, which resulted in making medical institutions including hospitals and medical centers suffer from severe shortage in drugs and necessary medical supplies. World Health Organization (WHO) has reaffirmed the shortage of basic drugs that are needed in Gaza hospitals, and has stated in its memorandum that 38% of the basic drugs were lacking in Gaza in early 2011, noting that such shortage affects all the facilities of the health ministry , whereas such situation of drug’s shortage, has affected 40% of primary health care services, and 80% of health care that Gaza hospitals are providing.

The memorandum also explained the impact of drug shortage on the patients and the health system that are difficult to be measured due to the dealing tools, and it stated some examples, as at Al-Shifa Hospital, the biggest in Gaza, where 260 cancer patients undergo chemotherapy treatment , while the effectiveness of such treatment depends on using a group of various drugs, and 100 of those patients are not treated appropriately, are at risk, due to drug shortage.

Also, the physicians at the trauma section said that a big number of patients are not getting their normal treatment, son some of them may have died , while others have attempted to travel abroad to get suitable treatment.

Meanwhile, WHO said that “ Many of primary health care suffer from the depletion of antibiotics, which means that some essential diseases cannot be treated like Diarrhea, pneumonia, and skin infections, due to drug shortage”.

It added that, in general, waiting for such mentioned drugs threatens the existence of hospitals in the long range and causes slow recovery, that may affect the patients health.

These facts that were noted by the WHO, in addition to the successive appeals of Health Ministry threatens to collapse the health situation and to significant stoppage of health services, as result of the severe lack of drugs and medical supplies , and the depletion of some necessary drugs for treating serious diseases like cancer, epilepsy, and renal failure that puts the lives of those patients at risk.

Thus came your generous aid and compassionate hands, through the convoy of Miles of Smiles 4 to carry medical and humanitarian relief , and to contribute in drawing a smiles on patients faces, so please accept our thanks and appreciation.

Voyage description :

The aid convoy “Miles of smiles 4” came in response to a humanitarian appeal launched by Gaza since the first days of the siege. The importance of this convoy is highlighted under the acute crisis of drugs, food , and baby milk for premature babies (newly born ), in addition to all types of suffering which thousands of Gaza women and children are experiencing, so that their lives became at risk.

The convoy came to Gaza laden with special aid material to support its hospitals, the health sector, and to support those with special needs.
The convoy included eight vehicles laden with medical supplies, quantities of missing drugs in Gaza, ambulances, mobile wheelchairs for special needs, besides baby treatment milk (G19) for newly born, especially that Gaza Strip is in dire need for this type of milk.

A British youth delegation came with this convoy to express solidarity with the Palestinian youth, and a series of sports and cultural competitions were organized in this occasion.

Donation target group :

• Gaza Strip patients.
• Premature babies (newly born) who are suffering from certain diseases since their birth.

Donation justifications and humanitarian need :

• Responding to Gaza humanitarian appeal that was launched under the siege and during the ongoing acute crisis of drug.
• Acute shortage in drug , medical supplies, and helping medical chairs.
• Acute crisis in drug, food, and premature baby milk (newly born).

Donation objective :

• Providing medicine, medical supplies, and baby milk ,that are direly needed in Gaza hospitals.

Donation expected effects :

• These donations will contribute in saving the lives of many people suffering from some disease cases and incurable injuries.
• The drug donations will contribute in decreasing the deficit of medical treatment in hospitals of Gaza Strip.
• Enhancing the conception of solidarity and human communication through the solidarity messages carried by the convoy, and due to their big impact in promoting the sense of belonging to this nation.


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