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Healthcare crisis in Gaza: the BMA responds

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 01 June 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1336
  1. Vivienne Nathanson (, director, Professional Activities
  1. British Medical Association, London, WC1H 9JP

    EDITOR—The BMA shares the grave concern that has been expressed about the apparent collapse of the health system in Gaza.1 It recognises that the freeze on aid and other funds to the Palestinian territories is having a profoundly damaging effect on hospitals and health care in Gaza, where reports have indicated that child malnutrition is also at a worrying level. However, contrary to the assertion that it is ignoring this crisis, the BMA has been active in collecting information and liaising with medical human rights groups, such as the International Federation for Health and Human Rights (IFHHRO) to see how best help might be …

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