Supporting Critical Healthcare Initiatives in Gaza: Delivery of a plug & play field hospital

We’re excited to announce the completion of an impactful project at the beginning of 2024 —a large field hospital set up in Gaza. This hospital is vital for addressing the urgent medical needs in the region, and we’re proud to have been a key part of making it happen.

The Current Situation in the Gaza Strip
The population of the Gaza Strip faces ongoing challenges in accessing adequate healthcare due to extreme shortages of medical equipment and medicines, and destruction of the healthcare infrastructure. With the collaboration of dedicated partners, International Medical Corps (IMC) has stepped forward to provide essential medical care, filling a vital gap in Gaza’s health services.
During the first weeks of the project, our collective efforts encountered obstacles on the path to setting up this much-needed healthcare facility. However, the unwavering support and collaboration among stakeholders, coupled with the invaluable backing of the World Health Organization (WHO), enabled IMC to overcome these hurdles.

Watch “Inside a Gaza hospital as U.S. doctors help carry out “a small miracle” to save a young life shattered by war”

Our contribution
Hospitainer is glad to have played a part in this project. We trained the team who set up the field hospital thoroughly, making sure they knew how to put it together, run it, and take care of the medical equipment. Our training sessions emphasized safety and efficiency, giving the team the skills they need to provide top-notch healthcare. Thanks to partnerships and support from different groups, we found a safe spot for the hospital. This secure location makes it easier to provide much-needed medical help to the people in Gaza.

Watch: Experience from IMC volunteer nurse Yvonne.

Update March 2024
In February and March, we worked to deliver 3 additional containers. Two of the containers are equipped as Operating Theatres, enhancing the surgical capacity of the field hospital. One container is equipped to provide Primary Health Care (PHC) services.

Since the hospital opened in January, IMC provided critical medical assistance to more than 27,400 people in the field hospital (numbers from March 11). On February 26, the IMC team marked a milestone of 500 surgeries performed at the field hospital. IMC provides inpatient and emergency services 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and essential outpatient services during daylight hours.
Though the hospital initially saw an average of 200 patients per day, since opening up surgical and obstetric care services a week after deployment, the number of patients seeking treatment increased significantly and now averages about 600 per day. The field hospital receives the majority of surgical patients in the area and performs an average of 12 major surgeries and six deliveries, including C-sections, each day.

At Hospitainer, we remain committed to supporting such critical healthcare initiatives worldwide. We extend our gratitude to all involved parties for their relentless efforts in making this project a reality. Together, we’re ensuring that quality medical care reaches those who need it most, even in the most challenging circumstances

Read more on IMC’s project in Gaza here.