Amman – Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah met with representatives of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Amman on Monday to discuss the critical healthcare situation in Gaza and MSF’s efforts in the region.
According to Jordan News Agency, which included General Director Meinie Nicolai, Deputy General Director Jehan Bseiso, and Head of the Amman Regional Communications Hub Enass Abu-Khalaf, the scale of injuries and medical emergencies in Gaza is unprecedented in MSF’s 23 years of operation there. They reported that the 300-member Palestinian MSF team in Gaza is facing extreme challenges due to the overwhelming number of cases.
Queen Rania expressed her appreciation for MSF and other organizations providing essential support to Gazans during this crisis, underscoring the importance of every effort made to assist those affected. Nicolai informed the Queen about MSF’s plans to bring 15 international medical teams into Gaza through the Rafah crossing with Egypt, pending approval. She also mentioned that MSF had already delivered 26 metric tons of supplies and is preparing to bring in urgent maternal care supplies for about 9,000 women in Gaza who are in their ninth month of pregnancy.
MSF was compelled to evacuate its medical staff to the south following an evacuation order from Israel, which directed 13 hospitals to evacuate within 24 hours. Nicolai described the challenging situation, noting the heightened risk of infectious diseases as the weather gets colder. She stressed the collapsing healthcare system in Gaza, emphasizing the critical need for access to healthcare as a basic right.
The MSF representatives also briefed Queen Rania on the preparations at the MSF hospital in Amman to admit injured civilians from Gaza, as soon as evacuation is possible. The hospital is gearing up to expand its capacity to provide specialized surgical care, particularly for orthopedic and facial injuries.