Gaza Programming Summary

The primary goal of Penn Medicine’s global health mission is to address and remediate disparities in health care. We work in over 75 countries world-wide on projects ranging from clinical training to health systems implementation, to biomedical research. Our approach is to work in partnership with on-site hospitals and ministries of health as they ultimately hold responsibility for the long-term care of their residents/citizens. As the conditions in Gaza continue to deteriorate, there is a critical need for clinical support of hospitals and clinics operating in the region.

In May 2024, Penn engaged with The Ministry of Health and Prevention of the Government of United Arab Emirates (UAE) to discuss support of the UAE’s medical relief in the Region. The UAE maintains field hospitals and floating clinics in Gaza and has continued its medical services for Gaza residents amid the crisis in Rafah.

Aligned with the Penn Center for Global Health and Penn Medicine’s ongoing work in Ukraine, a team was formed to support and lead this effort. The effort is coordinated by the Penn Center for Global Health, led by Dr. Glen Gaulton. The clinical effort is led by Dr. Nahreen Ahmed and Dr. PJ Brennan and is supported logistically by Ms. Kierstyn Claycomb.