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Healthcare in Gaza before October 2023

11 Jun 24

This documentary was partly filmed in May 2023, some five months prior to the war that has now engulfed the Occupied Palestinian Territories. It explores the impact of Israel’s blockade on Gaza, making it extremely difficult to import essential medical items, such C-arms (mobile x-ray machines, essential for orthopaedic surgeries). However, as stated above, it also showcases the relative strength of Gaza’s healthcare system prior to October, offering advanced surgical care, research and stewardship on antimicrobial resistance among other things.

Today that healthcare system no longer exists, it has been systematically dismantled in bombing, fighting; the killing, abuse and arrest of medical professionals and patients.

Dr Sohaib Safi, who features prominently in this piece, continues his work as a doctor in Gaza.