The Gaza Strip is one of the most densely populated territories in the world. 1.8 million people live there, of which nearly 70% live in the 8 refugee camps. The humanitarian situation has worsened with the intensification of the land, air and sea blockade imposed by Israel since 2007, and with the Israeli military operations in 2008-2009 and 2012. The shortage of medicines, consumables and equipment is permanent. Gaza also lacks well-equipped ambulances and healthcare centers.
In the West Bank, and particularly the Nablus region, the population lives in a permanent state of extreme tension due to the proximity to Israeli settlements. Palestinians, surrounded by a significant military presence, are subjected to regular searches and checkpoints. A section of the Israeli settlers often attack Palestinian communities: harassment, beatings, stonings, shootings, damage to homes, and destruction of crops are a common lot for these villagers.
Stress and other mental health disorders resulting from these incidents are, however, rarely treated. Medical staff are not trained to detect them, and the facilities to which victims could be referred are too rare for needs to be met. In addition, psychological and mental problems are stigmatised and families do not automatically attend healthcare centres for this type of illness. Children and adolescents are particularly vulnerable.
Gaza, West Bank.
SUPPORT FOR VICTIMS OF THE WAR AND THE BLOCKADE IN GAZA & MENTAL HEALTH IN THE WEST BANK
Minimizing the impact of the Israelo-Palestinian conflict on the physical and mental health of the Palestinian population.