Coronavirus (749) Health system’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic in conflict settings: Policy reflections from Palestine

18 June, 2020

Hi colleagues

Pleased to share with our policy analysis on health systems' response to COVID-19 in conflict settings.

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17441692.2020.1781914 [*see note below]

I welcome your thoughts on this

Best

Moh.

HIFA profile: Mohammed Khaldi is a Reseacher at the Swiss TPH in Switzerland. Professional interests: Public health. moh.khaldi83@gmail.com

[*Note from HIFA moderator (Neil PW): For the benefit of those who may not have immediate web access, here is the abstract:

Health system’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic in conflict settings: Policy reflections from Palestine

Mohammed AlKhaldi et al.

'As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads, concerns are particularly serious in conflict and humanitarian settings. Tackling the pandemic in those countries is challenging due to the fragility of socioeconomic and health systems. Palestine is one of those countries that is facing compounding challenges, instability, fragility, living conditions, poverty, and mobility, all of which are caused by multifactorial etiology. The Pandemic shows triple tragedies; virus (COVID-19 Pandemic), ongoing Israeli occupation (Politics), and Intra-Palestinian divide (Policies). Yet, Palestine’s response to the pandemic is outperforming many countries in the region. The early preventative lockdown measures in the West Bank found effective and not overwhelming the already over-stretched health system. While in the Gaza Strip, the response was slow. Prisoners, labours, besieged people, socioeconomic-disadvantaged classes, and refugees were put at additional high risk. Nonetheless, measures taken were unconsolidated in both regions largely due to the political factors. A little collaboration and inter-agency task forces in preparedness and response was observed, and the mechanisms and governance remain ambiguous. A consolidated and evidence-based nation-wide plan is required, whereby state and non-state actors have a clear and transparent exit strategy. A new thinking approach to promote the public health system and evidence-informed policies in Palestine is an urgent national priority.']