Partnership announcement between United Mission for Relief and Development (UMR) and MedGlobal.
Washington, May 2022: United Mission for Relief and Development (UMR) announced that we will be partnering with MedGlobal, a humanitarian organization whose mission is to serve vulnerable people across the world by providing free and sustainable healthcare to refugees, displaced persons, and other marginalized communities in crisis-affected areas. This partnership is focused on facility-based healthcare services to those most in need in the Gaza Strip, with a focus on the elderly. In coordination with the Ministry of Health, UMR and MedGlobal are deploying healthcare professionals to provide medical and surgical support, life-saving medical equipment, and capacity building for local healthcare providers. This partnership aligns with UMR’s mission to address the dire need for healthcare in Gaza. Approximately 1.5 million people in Gaza lack consistent access to healthcare, which leads to deteriorating health benchmarks at all levels. 80% of Gazzans are below the poverty line. Our objectives are to improve the health of the Palestinian people in Gaza and their quality of life. The nature of the assistance required in Gaza can be grouped into three categories:
1) lack of protection and displacement;
2) limited access to essential services; and
3) erosion of resilience and preparedness.
Based on an assessment completed by MedGlobal, the top needs of elderly individuals were medication and lab tests, awareness and education sessions, and home adaptation and assistive devices. As it stands, 55.7% of the elderly patients in Gaza are suffering from three or more diseases. Additionally, one third of older individuals do not have access to healthcare services. This partnership will allow UMR and MedGlobal to reach more individuals and provide them with the healthcare and medical services they need not just to survive, but flourish.
Headquartered in Washington, DC, UMR is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focused on providing disaster relief and recovery services both domestically in the U.S. and internationally across the globe. MedGlobal is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focused on providing life-saving care through deploying healthcare volunteers, supporting local partners and medical providers with training, and supplying hospitals and clinics with medical equipment, medications, and more.