a1 Royal College Emergency Medicine Program, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec Canada
a2 Center for Refugee and Disaster Response, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland USA
a3 CARE International West Bank/Gaza, Jerusalem, Israel
The Palestinian emergency healthcare system faces numerous difficulties in its efforts to develop and improve patient care. The Emergency Medical Assistance Project, a four-year, emergency health capacity-building project, is described in this report. The factors contributing to the current lack of inhospital emergency care and the measures performed to improve the situation are highlighted. The authors surveyed 48 emergency healthcare providers in the West Bank and Gaza Strip on key emergency care development indicators and compared the level of emergency health development with those of Israel and the United States using a model of structured development criteria. Survey results and project observations provide a basis for future recommendations in education and infrastructure.
(Received December 09 2005)
(Accepted April 21 2006)
(Revised August 01 2006)