Massive funding crisis for Palestine relief, compounds collapsing system: UN coordinator
This is Matt wells at U N, news Gaza hospitals, unable to feed their own patients elective surgeries perspective for years. Those are just a few examples of what the UN's deputy special coordinator for the Middle East. Jamie McGoldrick describes as a collapsing system in free fall on Monday, he issued an appeal as part of the humanitarian response plan for next year the three hundred and fifty million dollars to help one point four million people in the most need across the pied Palestinian. Territories chiefly the Gaza Strip are you a news Arabic chief Reema buzzer was in Gaza with Mr. McGoldrick several weeks ago, and after they visited the main hospital together she asked him to outline the extent of Gaza's plight. The health sector here has been under severe funding shortages for for years. The blockade for the last twelve years by Israel has prevented goods coming in movement. The lack of supply of key essential drugs has been one of the reasons why in the salad problem is one of the reasons as hospitals don't operate properly. L she has a special offer because it's a teaching hospital is one of the biggest hospitals here. And as a result of that when the greet. Macho return demonstration started the March. It was the police that absorb the biggest number of casualties people who are wounded as demonstrations those being twenty thousand people in jobs and five those of those with live bullets most of the injuries are below the knee. And so what we saw today in the hospital was hundreds of young men and women who have been short Belo's who need at least six seven very complicated vascular born reconstruction subsidies, which would take maybe two years seventy operations, and of course, millions of dollars and needs technical support a needs technical ability needs resources this hospital. This guy's doesn't have. Not even talking about the the stick. We're talking about only wounded emergency cases. But there's adults. Yeah. The delta said this morning, they've kgo eight thousand elective surgeries for heart surgery for cancer patients for people regarding tons plant Sodi operations, all of those have been left the being pushed the hospital that don't long do that in the hospital anymore. The only teach trauma Kazaks all the deal with all the other subjects have been postponed. Council delayed or send somewhere else, and that's up to it'll be years before they can clear that might log. Meanwhile, more and more people are getting sick. That exit of the hospital said that he was working he's working as a doctor for thirty years. And this is the first time ever that he sees a hospital unable to feed its patients, and he asked for more support. What can the U N do? Well, I mean, what we try to do when the guy the marches took place demonstrations, we a special people, which was a white paper, which was to try and bring donor specific funding for the health sector. We mighty stick over twenty million dollars. But that's twenty million less than we need. We need forty million. Plus, and that's just to deal with the case law would behalf today every Friday there are more patients who arrive with boom bullet wounds or requiring treatment, and it just answer the caseload. Meanwhile, the other subsidies are not team police because there's no key essential drugs. Can not enough essential drugs. We hear from the Central American see store, the drugstore that are some drugs that run on the running thet it is and forty days. And then when he he says he can't feed these people as indicative of the crisis that health system faces, but the health system is only power part of a broader issue. A broader issue of collage. Apps collapsing system in free fall. And if we said that the unemployment rate in Gaza is fifty percent, how Gessen's surviving always flagged this idea of resilience, which is something that are self reliance that the half here in Gaza. I mean, what is so willingness to survive under very terrible conditions of Nokia station. A blockade of an ability to move around freely unless you can p to go from there. Most people are stuck here for most of the lives. And it's not as you can buy everything you can have everything if you working seven and ten youth don't have jobs, and what we're trying to do is to create cash for what programs are we'll try to get people on what schemes that gives them a trade or skill that, they can go outside St. and say the to themselves, but this difficult to bring immaterial to actually, you know, build funded and self on a Sudafed to export matisyahu because of the restrictions are placed on Gaza. So it's a very very harsh environment for economic development. As a result of the economy is in freefall, the World Bank report in September said very very clear. The GDP gone to one person and to our declared this in poverty, as by the UN standards. So we're facing a crumbling collapsing situation here, and if you put on top of that all the stresses of the great March, Tom the demonstration, the health system, the psychosocial, and then you've got owner as the funding crisis for Indra as massive, you know, people are not George people are losing their jobs losing the support. And that's only adding further and further pressure on a very fragile precarious environment. And you mentioned before that two thousand eighteen was the worst humanitarian funding. What was the main reason for this? Well, I think there's a couple of reasons I think first of all this environment in the Middle East is a lot of other countries who may or higher profile than Palestine, and that would be the Yemen's of the series and the racks and then Libya's so you compete against those unfairly an also Palestine's been around for a long long time. People don't get the sense that there's a there's a political solution in any anything soon. And I think on top of that you've been doing fatigue. You know, then I think with the the fund. Cuts from the US towards Indra. I think that's basically been a catalyst other things to happen. I think is all of that. So we struggle as or humanitarian response plan for two thousand eighteen thirty five percent funded against the global average of fifty percent, which I fade how incredulous that has given the importance of Palestine to this Middle East region and the fighter this Palestinian question has been languishing for so many decades support you're getting from the Arab words from the region. Well, I mean, clearly not enough. I mean, I know the recently pledging event in the received some pledges of hundred twenty two million men much of that came from the Gulf countries, but it has to be a long term prospect has to be a regular prospect. It has to be something we can predictably expect from these donor countries and clued in the Gulf to make sure that we can plan properly because having a timing often ptunning on is not the base we plan for population who are vulnerable and Trump.