A blockade and recurring violence have put relentless pressure on the health system in the Gaza Strip.
Since the Great March of Return protests in March 2018, thousands of Gazans have suffered gunshot wounds. This is a huge trauma burden on the fragile health system.
When specialist care is missing, gunshot victims often risk limb amputation. Very few people are allowed to travel outside of Gaza to get such care.
Mayada was lucky to get the treatment she needed to save her leg at Gaza’s first Limb Reconstruction Centre. With EU humanitarian support, the World Health Organization and Palestine Health Ministry launched this centre of excellence in 2020 for the treatment of gunshot wounds.
Over 80% of Gaza’s population is aid-dependent.
Story by Anouk Delafortrie, Regional Information Officer for Middle East and Northern Africa, EU Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations.