“Covid 19 has caused the total closure, geographic and economic isolation of the Bethlehem region. Families do not have enough money for food, not to mention medical treatment. There is also a great lack of face masks and a problem of blood availability. We are on the brink of collapse”: this is the alarm launched by Michelle Bowe, Ambassador of the Order of Malta to Palestine, according to Agenzia Fides.
But how is Palestine responding to a possible increase in the number of COVID-19 cases and how can the health system prepare itself to define an effective response despite difficult living conditions? To address these urgent issues, the government and the Order of Malta, together with the London think tank “Forward Thinking”, has launched the “Doctor to Doctor” project, which allows the link on a virtual platform of health experts to share knowledge and to promote a better understanding of “good practices”, protocols and strategies to be adopted to contain Coronavirus infection among the population.
“Covid 19 – concludes the note from the Order of Malta – represents a common enemy for those who live in Israel and Palestine. It does not respect borders, does not see checkpoints, the belonging to a faction or a political party. Therefore, a bilateral public health response is needed to curb contagion. The crisis represents an opportunity for all parties of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to review their relationship to facilitate an effective and joint medical response to the virus”