For some months now, Terre des hommes has been making a database of all the services dedicated to child protection which are active in the Gaza Strip. This initiative aims at optimising all the efforts made to aid the child victims of the consequences of the Israeli blockade. The Minister of Social Affairs praised the outcome of this initiative by confirming his will to “translate this data into practical steps to serve the children and our future”.
Dr Ahmed Al Kurd, the Minister for Social Affairs, started his talk by requesting one minute’s silence to honour the children killed during the previous 36 hours in Israeli air attacks on Gaza. He then spoke to social workers and members of the Ministry, reminding them that the children represent the future, the importance of a healthy foundation for their education, and that their needs should be identified and satisfied properly.
The Minister thanked Tdh for their initiative and saw in it the will to coordinate the efforts of all the services available to benefit the children. “The Ministry of Social Affairs will now translate this data into practical steps to help the children and our future. We will still need the support and on-going cooperation of all the people involved in this project to achieve success”, he declared.
Dr Gisela Werner, a member of the Terre des hommes team, presented the development of this inventory and stated that, despite the number of institutions who could help them, the children in Gaza are suffering and lack essentials. According to Dr Werner, a systematic approach linking the efforts of all the institutions is a crucial element for bringing real and efficient help to these children. Collaboration with the Ministry of Social Affairs is vital to the project, through its role in the development of laws, policies, regulations, etc., as it has an influence on sectors like social affairs, education, healthcare, security and the law.
The Government must now be able to work together with all the suppliers of services who are present in the Gaza Strip: to ensure that each one has his given place and role and that everyone works together effectively so that well-founded decisions can be taken and implemented. ”It is imperative to give a swift response to each child in need”, added Dr Werner.