Rene Celaya oversees CARE’s teams implementing development and emergency response programs. CARE colleagues communicate with staff trapped in Gaza and our partner organizations on the ground every day of the conflict.
What help are CARE and our partner Palestinian Medical Relief Society (PMRS) providing to civilians in Gaza?
Our PMRS colleagues are driving or walking to wherever they are able to reach, to provide emergency first aid and any other medical support they are able to do under very limited time and with limited materials. They have treated over 200 of people in the al-Shijaeya neighbourhood and the Alfalah School, a shelter for displaced people run by the United Nations (UNRWA). They delivered basic antenatal care, provided an eight-year-old girl with a wheelchair, and came across high numbers of diarrhoea and skin diseases due to crowding and poor hygiene.
With support from CARE, and as soon as security conditions permit, PMRS will treat about 20,000 patients (an average of 80 patients per day, six days a week) the majority of who will likely be women.
When the situation allows, CARE is planning to distribute hygiene kits to 13,000 people. These contain important basics like nappies, sanitary pads, disinfectant wipes and soap. We will also provide support to help 1,800 farming households to re-establish their livelihood and get back on their feet. These small-holder farmers cannot currently access their plots, and the condition of these plots is uncertain. Even if the land is made accessible in terms of security, there is a huge challenge of clean-up, removing debris, and possibly unexploded ordinances. Continue reading