Ramy Zohod, a 19 year old from Al-Fakhora Jabalia, talks with Dr Naveen Cavale on a ward round post-op at the Shifa Hospital. On 7 July 2014, Israeli forces launched a large-scale military operation ('Pillar of Defense') in the Gaza Strip). The operation lasted 51 days and resulted in 2,145 deaths and 11,231 injuries among the Palestinian population. The vast majority of the serious casualties have complex orthopaedic injuries that the Palestinian Ministry of Health is ill-equiped to manage. DFID/UK Aid is funding NHS Doctors, deployed through the UK's Rapid Response Facility's funding, to work alongside Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP) in providing post conflict surgery at Gaza's Shifa Hospital. The NHS doctors (through the charity Ideals) volunteer to visit Gaza in their spare time and work alongside their Palestinian colleagues.
Zohod says: 'The tanks shelled my area, some houses were hit and when we went out to see what had happened, another shell came in and I got hit. I feel great to be here at the MAP clinic, its amazing these doctors are going to take care of me. The moment I heard about the foreign doctors I was so excited because I think they will provide me with better examination and treatment. Because there is no capacity here in Gaza hospital, and no border crossing, with these doctors coming here I feel hope. I feel pain, of course, in the beginning it was very bad but now I’ve got used to it. I’m not nervous about the operation, I’ve had like 15 now. I was in my second year at college but I had to stop because of this, I hope to return next year. I want to go into administration, especially human resources. I have to be strong, I have to struggle to survive.