Glimpses of Hope? An Interview on Access to Health in Gaza
The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the fragility of the global health system. The below interview focuses on access to health in the Gaza Strip as part of a fragmented and already fragile Palestinian health system. Due to the political reality of the Israeli occupation and the Palestinian national division, the responsibility of the Palestinian health system in Gaza falls under multiple actors: Israel as the occupying power, the Palestinian Authority (PA) and the de-facto authority, Hamas, in the Gaza Strip. Considering the impact of the military confrontations in May 2021 and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to look at access to health in the Gaza Strip and how the health sector managed to cope with military attacks and COVID-19.
About the Interviewee:
Dr. Ayed Yaghi started working in the Palestinian Medical Relief Society (PMRS) in Gaza in 2003 and is now the Director of the Gaza Branch. Dr. Yaghi worked as a urologist from 1994-2003. In 2008, he received a master’s in Public Health (Management) from Al-Quds University.