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Politics in the Time of Corona / Politics in the Time of Corona - EP. 1: Gaza

Issam A. Adwan and Salam Khashan discuss COVID-19 and medicine under siege in Gaza
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Politics in the Time of Corona
Politics in the Time of Corona - EP. 1: Gaza
{{langos=='en'?('26/03/2020' | todate):('26/03/2020' | artodate)}} - Issue 7.1
Episode 1: Gaza

Gaza Statistics (as of March 26, 2020)

- Total confirmed cases: 9
- Total deaths: 0
- Total cases per 1 million people: 4
- Total deaths per 1 million people: 0
- First cases recorded on March 21
- As of March 23, only 200 testing kits are available
- Only about 99 people tested so far
- Only 3 ventilators per 100,000 in Gaza
- By contrast, in the US and Israel there are 52 and 40 ventilators per 100,000 people, respectively, which has been deemed vastly insufficient.
- Around 30 hospitals and major clinics, providing an average of only 1.3 beds per 1,000 people.
- While other countries have emphasized the need to wash hands frequently, Gazans are worried about having enough water to drink.
- 90% of the water in Gaza has been deemed unfit for human consumption
- Almost impossible to quarantine people in Gaza due to population density.
- 113,990 refugees are living in Jabalia camp which covers an area of only 0.54 square miles, making it impossible for people to maintain physical distance from each other, let alone effectively carry out a quarantine.
- In Beach Camp, 85,628 refugees reside in an area of 0.2 square miles.
- Beach Camp has only one medical center and one food distribution center servicing the entire population.
- Schools have been converted quarantine quarters, with 8 people per classroom and about 200 sharing a bathroom.

See here for further information: "Structural violence in the era of a new pandemic: the case of the Gaza Strip.

Guests

Isaam A. Adwan
Isaam A. Adwan

Isaam A. Adwan is Project Manager for We Are Not Numbers

Issam A. Adwan, the project manager for We Are Not Numbers, is a trained translator/interpreter, journalist and English teacher. In 2019, he was chosen by The Carter Center to be the first Palestinian independent observer for the Tunisian elections. Issam earned his bachelor's degree in English language and teaching methods from Al-Aqsa University and is currently working on his thesis for a master’s degree in translation/interpretation at the Islamic University of Gaza. His passions are improving the learning experience for diverse student populations, youth empowerment, social justice and gender equality.

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Salam Khashan
Salam Khashan

Salam Khashan is a family doctor in Palestinian primary health care.

Salam Khashan is a family doctor in Palestinian primary health care. She holds a bachelors degree in medicine and surgery from Ain Shams University, Egypt.

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