As part of HAI UK’s medical aid and development strategy for Palestine last week we sponsored a medical delegation of 18 specialist consultants and surgeons from the UK to travel to the Gaza strip. The delegation headed by Dr Tariq Tahboub and hosted by HAI Gaza travelled to Gaza in order to perform complex surgeries for local residents otherwise not available to them. The delegation were able to help with neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, vascular surgery, anesthesia and kidney transplant services as well as psychiatric services with a particular emphasis on children suffering from post traumatic stress syndrome.
As well as immediate medical relief HAI believes that it is important to provide support for the future development of the medical sector in Palestine. The team were also able to share their knowledge and experience with medical students and postgraduate trainees at a number of teaching and training sessions. Further the team, along with the Ministry of Health was able to begin the establishment of a much needed kidney transplant centre. There is still a long way to go for Gaza’s medical sector which lacks resources but HAI UK hopes to continue working to strengthen it with your support and donations.