Cordaid is supporting Caritas Jerusalem’s emergency response in Gaza. Caritas Jerusalem’s emergency response includes training five mobile medical teams. Each team consists of two doctors (male and female), two nurses, a pharmacist, a lab technician, and a health coordinator. They will reach out to wounded and traumatised people in Beit Hanoun, Beit Lahia, Al Shijaea, Al Bureij refugee camp, and Beach Camp.
The mobile teams will provide comprehensive health services, wound care, and trauma management. They will also combat the dissemination of COVID-19.
Judith Manni, Cordaid’s humanitarian aid coordinator said, “Our contribution allows Caritas mobile medical teams to provide health services across the Strip, in the aftermath of 11 days of Israeli airstrikes in May. One cannot not stand with the people in Gaza. Cordaid’s humanitarian actions are always based on humanitarian principles. These prompt us to support Caritas Jerusalem’s emergency response. Gaza is a small of strip land just 41 km long. ”
Judith Manni further said, “It is almost completely cut off by the Israeli blockade and was bombed continuously for 11 days. Nobody could escape as nobody could cross the Gaza borders. This happened while people are still trying to recover from previous massive airstrikes. These attacks are ruthless and merciless towards the entire population. Including women, children, and elderly people. They also destroy residential areas and public services such as schools, health centers, and water infrastructure. Each time Gazans try to recover and rebuild, new escalations throw them back.”
Caritas Jerusalem has been on the ground for years in Gaza. They had to close down their main clinic, near Shati refugee camp, during the May war on Gaza. But immediately after there was a cease-fire they re-opened.
This emergency response is an additional effort to improve the health status of 2 million people who have been living under constant threat and attack for decades.