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Reference : V-P-IL-E-02460
Date : 20/11/2011
Caption : Gaza city, Shifa hospital. Amna, 37 years old, on a dialysis machine. She comes to the hospital three times a week from the Noth of Gaza were she lives to be treated.
Photographer : EL BABA, Iyad
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : ICRC website, Photo gallery, 26-01-2012

Gaza: health care is in danger

In the Gaza Strip, the shortage of essential medical supplies is a major problem for thousands of desperate patients, especially those with kidney failure or cancer. To make matters worse, the power supply is intermittent and the voltage fluctuates. This can disrupt life-saving health care, sometimes forcing patients to restart their treatment..

Amna is married and have one girl. She lives in Beit Lahia, North of Gaza Strip.
The dialysis machines are not available at the hospitals of northern Gaza, wich requires that patients like Amna, travel from the North to Gaza city to undergo haemodialysis.

She thinks, every time her haemodialysis is due, about the possibility of not receiving her treatment because of the frequent shortage in drugs and disposables, wich makes her stressed and affects her state of health.

The dialysis department must provide daily services. Some essential drugs land disposables like bloodlines are in constant shortage at the Ministry of Health stores, leaving patients obsessed with the possibility of losing their lives, and the doctors with the feeling of helplessness.

In the Gaza Strip, restrictions on the supply of the essential medical supplies remain the greatest concern for thousands of desperate patients, especially those who suffer from kindney failure and cancer.
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