UNFPA / GAZA NASSER HOSPITAL

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The maternity ward at Nasser Hospital in Khan Younis, Gaza, is desperately struggling to meet the needs of pregnant women and newborns. UNFPA

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STORY: UNFPA / GAZA NASSER HOSPITAL
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SOURCE: UNFPA
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LANGUAGE: ARABIC / NATS

DATELINE: 19 AND 22 NOVEMBER 2023, NASSER HOSPITAL, KHAN YUNIS, GAZA

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19 NOVEMBER 2023, NASSER HOSPITAL, GAZA

1. Wide shot, two medical professionals caring for a newborn baby
2. Med shot, two medical professionals caring for a newborn baby
3. Close up, a newborn baby
4. Wide shot, nursing stations
5. Close up, a newborn baby
6. Med shot, a newborn baby
7. Med shot, baby in incubator
8. Med shot, baby in incubator
9. Wide shot, baby in incubator
10. Wide shot, nursing station
11. Wide shot, incubators
12. Wide shot, monitor
13. Med shot, baby in incubator
14. Close up, baby in incubator
15. Med shot, baby in incubator
16. Med shot, baby in incubator
17. Wide shot, hospital hallway
18. Med shot, a boy holding a baby in hospital hallway
19. Wide shot, hospital hallway
20. Close up, sign of maternal department
21. Wide shot, hospital hallway
22. Wide shot, a newborn baby with their family
23. Close up, a baby on bed
24. Close up, a baby on bed
25. Wide shot, hospital hallway
26. Wide shot, hospital hallway
27. Close up, sign of maternal department
28. Wide shot, hospital hallway
29. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Nussaiba Darghoun, 19, pregnant woman:
“My name is Nussaiba Darghoun, I am 19 years old and six-months pregnant.”
30. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Nussaiba Darghoun, 19, pregnant woman:
“When I need to visit the hospital I have to come on foot. There is no functional transportation, also when I head back home there is no transportation.”
31. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Nussaiba Darghoun, 19, pregnant woman:
“Because of the ongoing bombing, I could suffer miscarriage at any given moment. While I'm in the street, at home, at the hospital, or at the school. I mean there is no safety neither in the hospital, at home nor the school. Nowhere is safe.”
32. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Nussaiba Darghoun, 19, pregnant woman:
“I also have a nine-months old daughter; she needs milk. When I'm out of milk I can't manage to get her more not even diapers.”
33. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Nussaiba Darghoun, 19, pregnant woman:
“I also need medications. There's none in the hospital nor in the clinic. I can't take vitamins, Calcium, Iron, or Follic Acid. And this also harms my fetus.”

20 NOVEMBER 2023, NASSER HOSPITAL, GAZA

34. Various shots, UNFPA Inter-Agency Reproductive Health Kits
35. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Dr. Khawla, Head of Nursing, Tahrir Hospital of the Nasser Medical Complex:
“I am Dr. Khawla, the Head of Nursing at Tahrir Hospital of Nasser Medical Complex. We have these kits here. First, we would like to thank UNFPA for their efforts and support to healthcare and women in Palestine. These kits contain all life-saving requirements for women including for obstetric surgery and complications.”
36. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Dr. Khawla, Head of Nursing, Tahrir Hospital of the Nasser Medical Complex:
“They contain drugs such as Ketamine and Cytotec. Of course Ketamine is used in c-sections and so on for anesthesia. We also have Cytotec to induce births. Of course, all these kits are really wonderful, and thank you because they contain many essential items; which were in severe shortage. They contain disposable items for single use and many other items such as solutions. Very important disinfectant solutions and similar items are included.”
37. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Dr. Khawla, Head of Nursing, Tahrir Hospital of the Nasser Medical Complex:
“These kits will definitely improve the health status of women, especially since we have severe shortage; which limit the number of operations that can be performed. When kits like these are available, it's feasible for a doctor to make urgent decisions when treating women. They surely play a major role in ensuring the safety of women.”

STORYLINE:

Palestinians in Gaza are suffering a humanitarian catastrophe. Since the hostilities began on October 7th, 2023, more than 15,000 civilians have been killed, two-thirds of which are reported to be women and children.

An estimated 50,000 pregnant women are caught up in the conflict, with around 5,500 due to give birth within the next 30 days - around 180 deliveries a day. More than 840 women may experience pregnancy or birth-related complications.

During the humanitarian pause that has been in place since the morning of 24 November, the UN has been able to scale up the delivery of humanitarian assistance into and across Gaza. Though hundreds of thousands of people have been assisted with desperately needed food, water, medical supplies and other essential humanitarian items, the trickle of life-saving aid entering Gaza from Egypt still does not meet the ocean of need.

The maternity ward at Nasser Hospital in Khan Younis, Gaza, is desperately struggling to meet the needs of pregnant women and newborns. This struggle has intensified, particularly after a mass population movement from north to south. Currently, there are only five functional hospitals in the south, and Nasser Hospital is the only functional facility with the capacity to handle critical trauma cases and perform complex surgeries.

UNFPA has provided longstanding support to all maternity hospitals in Gaza, but the current crisis has strangled the delivery of necessary support and equipment. From the first week of November to date, UNFPA has distributed over 150 life-saving Inter-Agency Reproductive Health Kits to Nasser Hospital and six other hospitals across Gaza. These kits contain individual clean delivery kits, pharmaceuticals, consumable medical devices, and equipment for basic and comprehensive emergency obstetric care, including anesthesia and supplies for cesarean sections.

Simultaneously, 8,600 individual clean delivery kits are being distributed. These kits are allocated to enhance hygienic conditions during births, wherever they may occur, and are provided directly to pregnant women.
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