New Weapons Research Committee

Long term risks of increase in noncommunicable diseases in war aftermath: changes in reproductive health in Gaza and Palestine

Document determinants of reproductive and child health - assess the
changes in time, identify interfering environmental factors, prevent
damage and find remedies

 

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Reproductive Toxicology

Prevalence of preterm, low birth weight and birth defects increased significantly since 2011 in Gaza, Palestine. No change in known co-factors of reproductive health justified this rise. Two military attacks in 2012 and 2014 introduced novel risk factors for outcomes at birth: contamination by teratogenic and carcinogenic heavy metals weapon- remnants, ongoing impoverishment, and impaired rehabilitation of waste management. It was previously shown that mothers exposed to military attacks had higher metal load than those unexposed and mother’s heavy metals trans- pass placenta.

The Gaza shootings: a massive orthopaedic crisis and mass disability

I am the Head of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Gaza and I am writing in follow-up of the rapid response “The Maiming Fields of Gaza” of 4 May. (1) As of 18 May, the death and injury toll, rising every day, is 117 dead, including 13 children, and no less than 12,271 injured. 6,760 have been hospitalised, including 3,598 with bullet wounds. 19 clearly identified medics have been shot to date. (2)

A study of the relationship between the exposure of pregnant women to military attacks and heavy metal contaminants in newborns

Metal contamination of humans in war areas has rarely been investigated. Weaponry’s heavy metals become environmentally stable war remnants and accumulate in living things.

 

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First Global Congress in Conflict Medicine

Long term risks of increase in NCD in war aftermath: changes in reproductive health in Gaza, Palestine, factors involved, and legacies.

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Call to support the health of infants in Gaza, Palestine

Call to support the health of infants in Gaza, Palestine
After the 2014 war in Gaza, the number of newborns with serious health conditions has increased dramatically.
In mid-2016, 14% of infants had a 40% chance of dying within a month after birth.
A sharp increase in births before term or too small babies, and of babies with birth defects cause this strong increase in neonatal mortality, estimated at about 2000-2500 babies per year more than in the past.
The deterioration of the neonatal health can be stopped or at least reduced.

Gaza, alert by doctors and scientist accounting, by scientific research, for "unseen victims"

Long term effects of weapon use and of war remnants in Gaza

The modern wars do not stop at the closing of the hostilities but leave some environmentally stable contaminants, that accumulate in living and affect the health of the civilian population, always targeted, for years afterwards.  How many years, we do not yet know.

The impact of the 50-day Israeli aggression on Gaza's children

Background: The UN has estimated that Israel’s attack on Gaza between 8 July and 26 August 2014 resulted in the deaths of 2204 Palestinians, mostly civilians, and thousands left with permanent disabilities.  

Changes in newborn congenital diseases in Gaza under attacks

Summary of findings from Surgery, Maternity and Pediatric Hospitals

The Lancet: Leading doctors and scientists denounce Gaza violence

More than 20 leading doctors and scientists* from the UK and Italy denounce ongoing Israeli military aggression in Gaza in a letter to The Lancet, published today.  

“On the basis of our ethics and practice, we are denouncing what we witness in the aggression of Gaza by Israel,” write the authors. “We ask our colleagues, old and young professionals, to denounce this Israeli aggression.”


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