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Report on Christian institutions in Gaza

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The clinic reported that over the past several months, and given the hottest month of August on record, there has been a sharp increase in the number of cases relating to skin disease and chronic diarrhea. Compounding the problem for residents of Al-Darraj as well as most of the Gaza Strip are the electricity outages that reaches some 8 hours per day, the lack of proper water and sanitation treatment facilities and garbage collection — all that have lead to very poor sanitary conditions.

Electricity outages are the clinic’s main concern as it damages medical equipment and refrigerated medicines. At the present time, the clinic purchased a heavy duty generator that will ensure it has uninterrupted power supply during hours of operation. We were told that a purchase order was issued for the power generator and also for a dental unit that should be installed in the next few weeks...

NECC Clinic at Shajaia Neighborhood, Gaza City

Shija’ia Clinic is the second of three clinics that we subsidize through the NECC. This particular one has a special place in our hearts since the Pontifical Mission — with the generosity of many donors — helped rebuild, refurbish and equip it after being completely destroyed by an Israeli missile attack in January 2009. This clinic currently serves some 85,000 residents of Shija’ia neighborhood, providing similar services to those at Darraj Clinic, except that Shija’ia’s facilities are newer and more advanced. Over the next few weeks, it is expected that a power generator and a new dental unit will also be supplied which will further enhance the services at this clinic.

In a casual discussion with the pharmacist on site, he explained that in normal circumstances, they used to have a complete supply of medicines for one full year; now their supply is down to two months, which surprisingly seemed to satisfy him given that there were times when the supply was down to one week.

Having been at the clinic twice before, I desperately needed some affirmation from my colleagues about my earlier assessments of the clinics. When I saw Abeer sitting on the floor coloring with several children who were involved in the clinic’s psychosocial therapy sessions, I realized that our job in reestablishing the clinic was complete, and we can walk out the door knowing that 85,000 residents are well served because of our emergency intervention. Gabi on the other hand could only feel sorry for all the workers and patients in the clinic for what he termed “noise pollution” or the loud noise from the makeshift, primitive generator that was running while we were there. Hopefully in a few weeks, the new generators equipped with noise insulation will be installed.

NECC’s Qarrarah Vocational Training Center (VTC) in Khan Younis

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