How Effective Is International Aid In A Conflict Setting?

Hosted by NYU Wagner's Global Health Alliance Student Group


In the midst of a 61 year-old conflict, healthcare is often out of reach for many Palestinians. In the West Bank, Jewish-only roads, a Separation Wall, a complex system of permits, and over 700 checkpoints have greatly hindered access to healthcare.  In fact, many Palestinians have died at checkpoints while attempting to access medical services. Meanwhile, in Gaza, human rights organizations estimate that approximately 300 patients have died since 2007 because they were not allowed to leave for urgent medical care. In light of recent attack on Gaza and the continued blockade, physicians in Gaza have declared that the health system is on the brink of collapse.  In light of these facts and others, how can Palestinians recieve the medical attention they so badly need? What is the role of the donor community and how effective is international aid in this conflict setting?

Steve Sosbee, Founder and CEO of the Palestinian Children's Relief Fund (PCRF), will be discussing the state of Palestinian healthcare and the work that PCRF is doing in the Occupied Palestinian Territories in an attempt to provide the best possible healthcare to those who need it most.