Any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation.
After initial interventions to provide food and hygiene supplies, CBM, along with its local partners in Gaza, will be introducing two new six month projects beginning in September 2014.
Psychosocial needs, eye care and general medical treatments
In the first weeks of the current Gaza crisis, CBM and partners supported 2100 families, including more than 300 families of persons with disabilities, distributing ready-to-eat food parcels and hygiene kits. We are now working to alleviate some of the more long-term needs.
Atfaluna Society for Deaf Children (ASDC) will be putting in place an Emergency Response Program providing early psychosocial interventions for at risk deaf children and their families. This project is based on the needs assessment carried out in August aims to reach about 2,800 people.
St. John Eye Hospital will provide sustained eye care and emergency eye care services and Bethlehem Arab Society for Rehabilitation (BASR), in coordination with the Palestine Ministry of Health, is continuing support to severely injured people. The BASR medical team is evaluating the patients and providing them with the needed medical treatment along with a recovery plan. CBM is working with BASR to ensure the availability of equipment required for treating injured people.
Situation overview in Gaza
In any emergency or disaster, people who live with some form of disability are among the most at risk.