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Working in the occupied Palestinian territories

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

 Feroze Sidhwa spent his elective working with the Palestine Medical Relief Society and reports on it here. He has also written a related article on food security

opt3.JPGFeroze with the ER staff at Ahli Hospital

This summer I volunteered in the occupied Palestinian territories at al-Ahli Hospital and with a non-governmental organization named the Palestinian Medical Relief Society (PMRS). Both are located in Hebron, the largest city in the southern West Bank and the only Palestinian city with Israeli soldiers and “settlers” permanently based in the heart of the city.

opt1.JPGOne of the many Israeli roadblocks the mobile clinic circumnavigates every day

At Ahli I spent most of my time in the ER. Patients presented with a wide variety of emergent problems, the most interesting being work-related trauma and occupation-related gunshot wounds and psychological problems. The physicians and nurses trained me to carry out simple procedures: suturing, irrigating soiled wounds, taking ECGs, etc.