Across the world, health workers are risking their health on the frontline against the coronavirus pandemic. Everywhere, doctors, nurses, paramedics and other essential health professionals are doing all they can to treat those affected.
At the same time, people are self-isolating at home to help prevent the spread of the disease, and to relieve pressure on those same health workers – to “flatten the curve” and help save lives.
With cases of coronavirus now confirmed in Gaza, health workers there are also preparing to do their duty. But they do so in the harshest of circumstances.
We want to show Palestinian health workers that though we are isolating at home to stop the spread of coronavirus, and they are isolated from the world by the blockade, we are together. That is why we are asking people to also show their support for Gaza’s health workers by posting an #IsolatedButTogether selfie:
Why it’s vital we support Gaza’s health workers
Isolated from the world by 13 years of illegal closure and blockade, Gaza’s health system teeters on the brink of collapse. With shortages of essential medical supplies and only 62 ICU beds there is little hope of treating a significant outbreak.
As one of the most densely-populated places on earth, effective social isolation is near-impossible. With little clean water and widespread poverty, preventing the spread of coronavirus is a monumental challenge. High rates of malnutrition and poorly-managed underlying health conditions among the elderly leave many people vulnerable to the disease.
What is more, one year ago a UN investigation called the oPt “one of the most dangerous places in the world for healthcare workers.” As our new report shows, attacks on Palestinian health workers by Israeli forces happen time and time again. Those responsible are almost never held accountable, and victims and their families are thus denied justice.
It is important now more than ever that health workers are supported to do their vital work without fear of attack. Violence against health workers anywhere is a threat against health workers everywhere.
Take an #IsolatedButTogether selfie
Please click the button below to post your selfie of support for Gaza’s health workers.
If you have access to a printer at home, you may wish to download and print our selfie card to hold. If not, you can make your own. This could be as simple as writing #IsolatedButTogether on a piece of paper, or for those with an artistic flair why not get creative in your design. You can also add a message of support to your photo.
We look forward to seeing your #IsolatedButTogether selfies!
Taking your selfies to Gaza
MAP will be taking your selfies to Palestinian health workers in Gaza, making sure those on the front line in the fight against coronavirus in Gaza feel supported, not just by the Palestinian public they are serving but the international community too. By standing together we are all stronger against the coronavirus pandemic as well as against attacks on health workers.
Source: Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP)