- Published on Wednesday, 20 June 2012 08:50
For five years over one and half million people, more than half of whom are children, have been confined to one of the most densely populated places on earth, in violation of international law.
To mark the 5th anniversary this June, Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP) and Save the Children are launching a joint report, "Gaza's Children: Falling Behind", on the impact of the ongoing blockade on the lives and health of Gaza's children.
Jeremy Hardy, Comedian and BBC Presenter
Professor Terence Stephenson, Former President of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
Baroness Morris of Bolton, MAP President
George Graham, Head of Conflict and Humanitarian Policy and Advocacy Team, Save the Children
6.30pm, 20 June 2012
Royal College of Paediatrics
and Child Health,
5-11 Theobalds Road,
London WC1X 8SH
The report shows that the extensive restrictions on the movement of people and goods in and out of Gaza continue to have an extremely negative effect on the lives and health of children.
Urgent action is required to safeguard the health of children in Gaza, now and for future generations. The report calls for an immediate end to the blockade in its entirety.
The Ministry of Health (MoH) in Gaza central pharmacy stores report 42% of essential medications are at zero stock, with an additional 13% at low levels sufficient for less than 3 months. The MoH can no longer supply patients with drugs for severely debilitating chronic diseases such as multiple sclerosis or first-line antibiotics at primary health clinic level. At hospital level, shortages have affected oncology treatment, surgeries and dialysis.