I come to this clinic twice per week as a volunteer with UNRWA. I attempt to assist the folks from my village who come right here. With each go to, the necessity for a everlasting clinic in our village turns into clearer and extra pressing. On the times when the cellular clinic is just not there, some moms have to hold their kids and stroll three kilometers and cross the Barta’a army checkpoint. Then, they commute an extra forty minutes to succeed in the closest UNRWA well being centre in Jenin!” recounts Saida Qabha.
Saida, is a Palestine refugee from the village of Barta’a within the northern West Financial institution. She remembers how the UNRWA cellular well being staff (MHT) saved the lives of two refugees from Barta’a final month. One affected person was in a diabetic coma and the opposite had suffered extreme burns on his physique. The one main health- care out there was by way of the cellular clinic.
Due to over US$208,000 in help that UNRWA obtained from the occupied Palestinian territory’s Humanitarian Fund (oPt Humanitarian Fund), in 2021 UNRWA launched cellular well being groups (MHT) to make sure that distant refugee communities have entry to steady main health-care companies through the COVID-19 outbreak. The MHTs serve 9 distant communities in Space C of the West Financial institution with a complete inhabitants estimated at greater than 40,000 folks, specifically: Um al-Khayr, Arab al-Rashayda, Nabi Samuel, al-Eizariya, Barta’a and Kufr Qaddum. The focused communities expertise humanitarian vulnerabilities when it comes to isolation and have considerably lowered entry to well being companies.
Palestine refugees in Barta’a proceed to bear the brunt of restricted freedom of motion, a consequence of the Israeli occupation of the West Financial institution and its current allow regime and Barrier. Residents of the village have additionally been deeply impacted by the financial influence of COVID-19, which complicates their entry to mandatory well being companies. Saida provides, “The price of a medical session within the nearest clinic prices between NIS 200-300, some US$ 90. This highlights the necessity for the cellular well being companies supplied by UNRWA.”
“UNRWA continues to pay nice consideration to offering help to refugees, particularly amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, together with to essentially the most marginalized areas, corresponding to Barta’a village. These cellular clinics present superior health-care companies to this marginalized group of the refugee group,” mentioned the Director of UNRWA Affairs within the West Financial institution, Gwyn Lewis.
Every UNRWA MHT includes one physician, one nurse, one pharmacist and one clerk for registration of sufferers. Collectively they supply main well being care, together with medical consultations, examinations, dispensation of important medicine and drugs for power illness and non-communicable illness sufferers in an appropriate house that has been recognized by the communities themselves. As well as, the MHT carries out consciousness elevating actions to fight the unfold of COVID-19.
Abdullah Qabha, Deputy Mayor of Barta’a, expressed his appreciation for the companies supplied to the village, saying: “These companies differ between medical care and drugs for refugees and sufferers with non-communicable illnesses.”
UNRWA is the primary supplier of main well being care to Palestine refugees within the occupied Palestinian territory, together with East Jerusalem. In the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, UNRWA contributed to strengthening provision of fundamental well being companies for distant communities, supporting their entry to well being care, a necessary human proper. Assist their rights in the present day by contributing at www.donate.unrwa.org. #PalestineRefugeesAtRisk
The oPt Humanitarian Fund is an emergency pooled fund for the occupied Palestinian territory and is primarily aligned to help the supply of strategic humanitarian response to needs-based precedence sectors and geographic areas.