Sunday, January 11, 2009

Dubai Cares to help in Gaza Emergency Mission

Dubai Cares and La Chaine de L'Espoir on Joint Gaza Emergency Mission

A joint Dubai Cares and La Chaine de L'Espoir mission is en route to the Gaza Strip, where a specialized surgical and medical team will treat children wounded in the ongoing war. The 4-member medical team includes Vascular surgeon Eric Cheysson, chest and cardiovascular surgeon Daniel Roux, Neurosurgeon Baris Turak and a logistician and is expected to enter Gaza today as an advance team to be followed by more specialties.

More than 750 people have been killed and more than 3100 injured in the fighting in Gaza, one of the most densely populated places in the world. According to the latest UN estimates, Palestinian children, who are dying at a heavy rate in this war, account for approximately one out of every three persons killed.

The mission follows an assessment of the needs of the civilian population in Gaza and a survey of local hospitals, which are struggling to cope with the high number of casualties amid limited specialized staff and diminishing levels of medical supplies.

HE Reem al Hashimy, Chairperson of Dubai Cares, said: "We continue to closely monitor events in Gaza and have been in contact with medical officials there in order to get an accurate reading of the situation. Officials at Al Shifa Hospital, Gaza's largest hospital, are overwhelmed with the high number of casualties, especially among children, and have made an appeal for medical support. Dubai Cares' joint mission with La Chaine de L'Espoir is our response to this appeal."
The joint Dubai Cares-La Chaine de L'Espoir mission will provide specialized medical services not currently available in Gaza to perform life- and limb-saving operations on injured children. In the absence of these specialized surgeons, treatable limb injuries can result in amputations.

The medical team is headed by Dr. Eric Cheysson, Vascular Surgeon and Vice President of La Chaine de L'Espoir, who said: "This mission will support our colleagues in Gaza who have to cope with severe circumstances to treat children who continue to pay a heavy price in this conflict. With this specialized medical support, we hope to minimize the impact of these injuries on children and help them lead a normal life once the war is over."
*Source: ME NewsWire
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