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PMRS medical team use sewage pipe to access Khan Al Ahmar community to deliver essential healthcare

PMRS outreach team of doctors, nurses and first aid volunteers used a sewage pipe to enter the community and provide the essential healthcare on the 5th July 2018.

Photo credit: Palestinian Medical Relief Society (PMRS)

On the 5th July, access to Khan Al Ahmar, a Palestinian Bedouin community located in Area C, home to approximately 32 families and 200 residents, was cut-off by Israeli forces and declared a closed military area, restricting movement and preventing the entry of equipped medical teams.  

The only health provider a local NGO, Palestinian Medical Relief Society (PMRS), funded by Medico International, were left with no access to the community. As the situation intensified, the PMRS outreach team of doctors, nurses and first aid volunteers used a sewage pipe to enter the community and provide the essential healthcare, but were prevented by the Israeli forces from taking any medication with them.

The community is located in Area C of the West Bank, between the Israeli settlement of Ma’ale Adumim and Kfar Adumim and it is one of several Palestinian communities facing forced relocation because it falls within the “E1” plan that would link the Israeli settlements with West Jerusalem.

Khan al Ahmar lacks the most basic life services including water, electricity and access to health.  Since the 4th June, Palestinian Medical Relief Society (PMRS) has expanded its emergency medical mobile team to provide essential healthcare to the residents of Khan al Ahmar.  Health providers and volunteers from PMRS have stayed overnight with the community to ensure that emergency services are available around the clock. These medical mobile teams are a lifeline for Khan Al Ahmer and the surrounding communities located in Area C.

For further information, please contact:

Sara Halimah

Health Cluster Coordinator, oPt

halimahs@who.int

 

 

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