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A Clinic for Gaza

ALTERNATIVES, 9 March 2008

On the night of 27 February 2008, the principal clinic of the Palestinian Medical Relief Society (PMRS), a grassroots community health organization was destroyed by an Israeli air strike.
The damages to the building were severe enough to preclude its use without undergoing major repairs.
In addition, the air strike destroyed the pharmacy, an ambulance, an equipment centre for people with disabilities and the PMRS’ administrative offices, as well as a great quantity of medication and wheel chairs, depriving Gaza’s most vulnerable people of care and essential services.
It also claimed the life of a 5 month old baby.
A large coalition representing many social organizations have joined together in asking Canadians to make a donation in order to rebuild Gaza’s clinic. They also challenge the Canadian government to call an end to the occupation and the violence.
To help the PMRS to restore its mobile clinic and to restock itself with drugs and medical material, the groups, supporting the campaign, A Clinic for Gaza, aim to raise $100,000 funds which will be sent directly to Gaza.
Thank you for your generosity!

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Your Gift Saves Lives

- $20 buys a first aid case
- $50 enables the provision of a physiotherapy treatment to a victim of the bombings
- $100 enables purchase of a stretcher for the clinic
- $250 gives a childbirth kit
- $500 equips the clinic with 2 wheelchair.

If you prefer to send a cheque, please make it payable to:
Alternatives-Clinique Gaza
3720 du Parc, suite 300, Montreal QC H2X 2J1
A tax deductible receipt will be issue for
all donations over $20

Clinics should be immune to politics

“The destruction of the main clinic, pharmacy, offices and ambulance in Gaza curtails the activities of the Palestinian Medical Relief (PMR) and increases the suffering of the population of the Gaza Strip,” says Dr. Abdel Hadi Abu Khussa, director of the PMRS in the Gaza Strip. “We are victims of a collective punishment inflicted by Israel.”

What is the Palestinian Medical Relief Society (PMRS)?

For the past 29 years, the PMRS has been working to improve the overall physical, mental, and social wellbeing of all Palestinians, regardless of racial background, political, social or economic status, religion or gender.
Their quality health services focus on the needs of the most vulnerable members of the Palestinian society: women, children, people with disabilities and the poor in rural villages, refugee camps, and urban centers.

Health Services offered by the PMRS

- mobile clinics give health care services to more than 1,000 people per month
- 420 patients suffering from chronic diseases receive the medication necessary for their treatment each month
- 90 people with disabilities benefit from the services of the equipment centre each month
- the PMRS gives physiotherapy treatment to more than 160 people per month

The PMRS in figures

- Before the attack, the PMRS operated 4 permanent clinics and two mobile clinics serving a population of more than 250,000 people.
- Thanks to the PMRS, in 2006 alone a total of 1.5 million Palestinians received basic health care services and emergency care.
- 47% of the 800,000 Palestinians treated in the PMRS’s primary health centers were children and 36% were women.
- Eight mobile clinics offer preventive and curative health care services.
- 23 PMRS centers in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip serve the mobile clinics, making it possible to give services to people residing in isolated areas that don’t have health infrastructure.
- More than 2,400 people attended various training sessions organized by the PMRS in 2006.
- PMRS has 72 employees in Palestine and hundreds of volunteers.

What will my gift make possible in Palestine?

Your gift will make it possible for the PMRS to rebuild its main clinic and thus be able to continue to give health care services to the Palestinian population of the Gaza Strip.
The total cost of the February 27 bombings exceeded $400,000. Our objective is to reach a goal of $100,000. Partner NGOs in Europe and Japan have committed to fundraising on their side to reach the total amount needed to make the PMRS functional again. The money raised for the clinic in Gaza will allow the PMRS to:
- buy wheelchairs ($25,000)
- equip the physiotherapy clinic for handicapped people ($30,000)
- mount a mobile private clinic by purchasing an ambulance and medical equipment (ultrasound and cardiology) ($70,000)
- buy medicines for the pharmacy and the clinic ($30,000)
- repurchase an electric generator ($25,000)
- and more

Community organisations react

It is unacceptable that the Israeli army destroys medical infrastructure, further marginalizing Gaza’s most vulnerable inhabitants.

The groups participating in this campaign are concerned with the fate of the Palestinian people. They call an end to the occupation and the violence and they ask for the support of all Canadians in rebuilding a clinic for Gaza.

These groups are:
- Alternatives
- Association québécoise des organismes de coopération internationale, AQOCI
- Centrale des syndicats du Québec, CSQ
- Centre international de solidarité ouvrière, CISO
- Comité de solidarité de Trois-Rivières
- Confédération des organismes de personnes handicapées du Québec, COPHAN
- Confédération des syndicats nationaux, CSN
- Fédération des femmes du Québec, FFQ
- Fédération des travailleurs et travailleuses du Québec, FTQ
- Fédération nationale des enseignantes et des enseignants du Québec, FNEEQ
- Palestinian & Jewish Unity, PAJU
- Social Justice Committee
- Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights
- Tadamon!

If your organisation would like to participate in the campaigns, please contact Alternatives at: (514) 982-6606 xt : 2247


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