The Palestinian Authority’s hospital for young people has never been fully funded and is in dire need of financial aid.
With the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) announcing a $1.8 billion project to rehabilitate its facilities, the lack of resources is prompting the government to ask for more funding.
According to Palestinian Health Ministry spokesman Youssef al-Qadhi, the country is facing a crisis in healthcare.
The PA has a history of neglecting the medical needs of its people, including those with special needs, and many Palestinians suffer from chronic health conditions.
“In Gaza there are over 100 hospitals but none of them have been able to reach the number of patients required for treatment,” Qadhi told The Jerusalem Report.
“This is not a problem of a lack of funds but rather of a system that has failed to meet the needs of the people of Gaza.
This is not an isolated incident, it is a trend.”
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the Palestinian Authority is one of the world’s poorest countries, with an annual budget of $7.2 billion.
Its healthcare system, which has been plagued by the financial crisis and the Israeli blockade, is also severely underfunded.
The healthcare system in Gaza is a combination of private and public sector.
Hospitals are funded largely through taxes levied by the PA and through private donations from foreign donors.
The government also administers social welfare programs for the poor and the unemployed, including the Gaza Job Corps, which provides employment to the unemployed in the Gaza Strip.
But with an unemployment rate of over 30 percent, the government has struggled to pay for healthcare services.
In addition, the Gaza Health Ministry’s budget is only $6 million per year.
This means that there is an annual shortfall of $1 billion.
According To Al Jazeera, there are several reasons why this funding gap exists:The lack of access to hospitals and doctorsThe lack or inability of financial institutions to help fund health and education programsThe lack and inability of Palestinian donors to help pay for the servicesThe lack, and lack of the ability of the PA’s international donors to finance the programBecause of the economic crisis and blockade, the health ministry has been forced to cut staff in Gaza.
Al Jazeera reported that the PA recently announced a $250 million funding cut, which will be partially offset by the funds received from donors.
Al Jazeera also reported that Israel imposed a temporary blockade on Gaza on July 15, a measure which has left many people without access to basic medical care.
In a video posted by the Ministry of Health on YouTube on June 16, the ministry stated that the closure was a “provocation” aimed at hurting the health system, and warned that any additional funding would be cut off.
“There is a financial problem,” the ministry said.
“The financial problems that we face today will only worsen as we have to rely on foreign donors.”
But according to Al Jazeera’s report, there has been no change in the PA government’s plans to fix the funding gap.
The Palestinian health ministry stated in its budget proposal for the fiscal year 2017 that there was a need to allocate more money for hospitals, but that the ministry would not announce the figure until October 1.
According The Jerusalem Project, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has pledged to bring in more funds for the health sector, but the plan has not yet been implemented.
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights recently criticized the PA for the lack in healthcare funding and said that the current crisis in Gaza will likely be prolonged until the situation is addressed.
The Palestinian Health Minister’s Office said in its 2016 budget proposal that the country had a shortage of $3.5 billion for health care, with the rest being spent on social welfare and other public services.
The Office of Human Rights and Gender Equality (OHCHR) recently warned that the Palestinian Health Authority, the PA health ministry, and its partners must implement a strategy for increasing healthcare funding by an average of 2 percent annually, as well as the use of foreign donor funds to fund the health care sector.
The OHCHR also warned that “the health sector must address the structural issues that limit the delivery of healthcare services, and this includes addressing structural problems that limit access to healthcare services and the funding of healthcare in the public sector, particularly the medical sector, the medical schools, and the health infrastructure.”