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Reference : V-P-IL-E-03152
Date : 04/2018
Caption : Gaza, hospital. Portrait of Mariam, nurse.
Photographer : SYNENKO, Alyona
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : “Now, all the week we are waiting for Friday. Try to predict how things will go, try to be ready. We are always short of supplies. I often have to take them from other sections, to keep the operation theater running. Emotionally it is difficult, but as soon as I start working, emotions go away. Otherwise, I would be just standing there in shock. I married nine months ago. My husband is also a nurse. He understands what it means to work long hours.”
Following the escalation of violence along the border area in Gaza, almost two thousand Palestinians have required urgent medical assistance. Hospitals in Gaza, already over-stretched, mobilized all available resources to handle the crisis. Managing the influx of wounded has been particularly difficult, as health services in Gaza are weakened by shortage of drugs and medical supplies, severe restrictions of movement, chronic energy crisis and worsening economic situation.
Despite difficult working conditions, doctors, nurses and paramedics in Gaza have gone the extra mile to attend to the influx of wounded and keep regular health services running. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) supports hospitals in Gaza with emergency medical supplies, mobility devices, technical expertise and trainings.
Original material : digital
Resolution : 5422x3507
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour