13 Aug, 14 | by BMJ
State of healthcare in June 2014
Three weeks before the start of the current Israel–Gaza conflict, the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza declared an emergency, saying that they were unable to maintain health services owing to a lack of sufficient electricity and necessary supplies. Elective operations had to be cancelled. Thirty per cent of essential medications were out of stock.
Healthcare in Gaza has been under extreme pressure since 2007 because of the ongoing blockade imposed by Israel. This has resulted in significant difficulties in the sourcing of medical supplies, and in providing citizens with access to specialist care. Three previous Israeli military operations in Gaza (2006, 2008-9, and 2012) had already caused considerable damage to the healthcare infrastructure.
In a report to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) on the state of the Gaza health sector in June 2014, Gilbert  stated that: “The gravest threats to public health is the lack of basic determinants for healthy lives: safe water, food security, human security, housing, paid work, education, and, of course, also access to sufficient healthcare services.” more…