Gaza, one year after - Gaza Strip, December 2009

At the time of commemorating the one-year anniversary of operation "Cast Lead", the situation for 1.5 million Palestinians in the Gaza Strip is getting increasingly worse. Yet, the latest Israeli attack must be viewed in the wider context of the increasing isolation and impoverishment of the Gaza Strip.
The high demographics of the Gaza population- the most densely populated area in the world-inevitably causes a lot of pressure to be exerted on the health sector. It must respond not only to the current contextual challenges resulting of the blockade and the previous war, but also to the increasing demands for health services resulting from a rapidly increasing population. One year after the end of the offensive, many of the primary health care improvements that have been previously achieved are now at risk.