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Reference : V-P-IL-E-02466
Date : 20/11/2011
Country/Region : OCCUPIED TERRITORIES; ISRAEL; GAZA
Caption : Gaza city, Shifa hospital, pharmacy. A patient from the oncology unit asks wheter his medication is available or not. Gaza is constantly affected by the shortage of drugs and medical supplies.
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.

In the Gaza Strip, essential medical supplies, including chemotherapy and haemophilia drugs, are frequently not available. Around 7,000 cancer patients face an uncertain fate on a daily basis. When chemotherapy is interrupted, the chances of success drop dramatically, even if another painful round of treatment is initiated.
Original material : digital
Resolution : 3504x2336
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour

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