Title

Sovereignty, Development, and Health: Humanitarianism and Health Care Provision in the Gaza Strip

Document Type

Contribution to Book

Source Publication

Routledge Handbook on the Politics of Global Health

Publication Date

12-7-2018

Editor

Richard Parker, editor ; Jonathan García, editor

Publisher

Routledge

City

New York, New York

ISBN

9781315297255

Department

International Relations

Publisher Statement

The health systems in Gaza are in a constant state of near collapse, and access to health care is steadily worsening in the strip. The state of the health system is so dire, that on numerous occasions the public hospitals periodically threaten closure due to lack of funds and lack of electricity and fuel. This state of collapse is a direct consequence of Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip, and an ongoing siege of the strip, enacted by Israel and Egypt, and supported by the international community since 2007. The state of the health system represents a failure of health care provision, with deep impacts on public health, but more precisely, is indicative of the necessity of an understanding of the political context within which health services are provided. -- publisher

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