Mental Health Effects of the Israeli Wall on Palestinians in the Qalqilya District: A Pilot Questionnaire by the Palestinian Counseling Center
Palestinian Counseling Center (PCC) conducted a pilot survey about the effects of the wall on the mental health of the Qalqilya District population. The survey was implemented in August and September 2003.
As PCC’s preliminary results show from the pilot phase, the psychological effects of the wall are represented by high percentages of depressions, feelings of anxiety and hopelessness, suicidal thoughts and symptoms of PTSD, among residents in the Qalqilya area.
Three main factors in the community constitute the highest stressors:
1. Lack of social support systems
2. Limited social relations, as people are confined to their homes being every town and village cut off from the other and completely isolated.
3. Unemployment and poverty
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Israeli army shot at PRCS and PMRS Ambulances in Rafah and in Ramallah
Gaza, 11 February 2004 (06:13): During the last Israeli army incursion into Rafah Refugee Camp, a PRCS ambulance was shot at by Israeli gunfire while transporting injured patients from the Al-Shout area, causing further injuries to the patient, and damaging the ambulance. Additionally, five other civilians were injured while assisting the PRCS crews in evacuating casualties, one of which subsequently died in the hospital.
Ramallah 25 February 2004: the Israeli forces obstructed several emergency teams of the Palestinian Medical Relief Society in their attempt to evacuate injured people. In one incident, one ambulance was shot at, prevented from moving, and the soldiers drove into its door. The ambulance was transporting a man with an abdominal gun injury.
Palestinian Medical Relief urgently calls on all humanitarian, human rights and health organizations to condemn this recent action.
In addition, ambulance delays and access denial at the checkpoint are listed in the following table:
The Central Drug Store in Ramallah (MOH), has sent lately its needs for the coming six months. For those who are interested to fill the needs, please contact Dr. Rizeq Othman from the Central Drug Store for more details. For more information please visit our web portal www.healthinforum.org
Physicians for Human Rights will organize in Tel Aviv, in collaboration with Watching Machsom and the Gaza Mental Health program, a cultural event focused on the problems of access to health services in the oPt experienced by the Palestinian population.
Location: Tzavta,Tel Aviv
Date & Time: Thursdays 4 March 2004 at 19:30
Program will include: Discussion, Film Projection (Checkpoints), Art Performance
Date & time: Wednesday 17 March 2004 at 10:00AM-12PM
Location: Ramallah, Central Public Health Laboratory
Main Theme: “Health and segregation”, Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi and Juan Jubran, HDIP
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