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AmeriCares Medical Aid Arrives in Gaza

  • January 23, 2009

AmeriCares delivery of more than $2.6 million in lifesaving aid to our partner, American New East Refugee Aid (ANERA), has arrived safely in Gaza. Local hospitals and health care clinics are receiving the current shipment of medical aid, including antibiotics, surgical supplies, pain medicines, and other emergency assistance.

AmeriCares humanitarian medical aid was arranged with the Israeli Ministry of Defense and coordinated with the United Nations. The local health care providers receiving the medicines and supplies provide charitable care to civilian families.

Nearly 80% of Gaza’s residents are dependent upon humanitarian aid for their basic needs – including basic health care for themselves and their children. AmeriCares is preparing another shipment to fill critical unmet needs in the coming weeks.

AmeriCares humanitarian medical aid for Gaza includes:

  • Antibiotics to provide nearly 3,300 treatments for children and people with serious wounds
  • 9,800 treatments of pain medicines for the sick and injured
  • High-blood pressure medicines for 2,700 sick and elderly patients
  • Surgical and other medical supplies for emergency and trauma care
  • Sutures for 840 surgical procedures
  • Blood packs to receive critically needed blood from 1,125 donors

AmeriCares has been working with ANERA since 1993 to provide regular shipments of humanitarian assistance.

ANERA is an American nongovernmental organization with five program offices in Israel, Gaza and the West Bank and partners with many other American charitable organizations such as Global Impact, the American Jewish World Service and Mercy Corps. ANERA, like AmeriCares, has a humanitarian focus and is apolitical.

AmeriCares has also offered aid to Israel; however Magen David Adom, Israel’s equivalent of the Red Cross, does not generally accept donations of medicines from outside the country.

AmeriCares has been supporting medical relief for the Israeli people since 1993. Most recently, we have provided donations of medicines to volunteer physicians traveling to Israel from the U.S. through our Medical Outreach Program.

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