Occupation, Siege, and the Health Crisis in the Gaza Strip

Occupation, Siege, and the Health Crisis in the Gaza Strip, hosted by the University of Tennessee Students for Justice in Palestine and Center for the Study of Youth and Political Conflict, highlighted some of the key health hazards present in the Gaza Strip due to the Occupation. We were pleased to have Dr. Mahmoud Daher, Interim Head of the World Health Organization officer in East Jerusalem and Head of Gaza’s sub-office, visit us from Gaza to speak on these critical issues. Since 2007, Israeli authorities have continued to impose a strict blockade on the Gaza Strip, which has exacerbated living conditions and led over seventy percent of the population to aid dependence. A primary concern of the international community as a result of the blockade is insufficient medical care and resources for the Palestinian people. Dr. Daher discussed these concerns in further detail as well as the World Health Organization’s role in alleviating the health crisis in the Gaza Strip.

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Dr. Daher is Interim Head of the World Health Organization (WHO) Office in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (headquartered in East Jerusalem) and Head of the WHO Sub-Office in the Gaza Strip. Dr. Daher was born, raised, and continues to live in the Gaza Strip with his wife and seven children.

 

View more pictures from Occupation, Siege, and the Health Crisis in the Gaza Strip here.