Over 580 children in Gaza & the West Bank suffer from Phenylketonuria (PKU), a genetic disorder. Kids with PKU are unable to metabolize protein. The COVID-19 emergency + elimination of US aid to Palestine halted access to specialized medical food. Each child needs 6 cans/mo. Our 2 shipments only partially met their needs, so we're teaming up in a TogetherWeCan program to provide reliable delivery until the governments resume responsibility. Please make a recurring donation & ask friends to join.
The Ministries of Health stopped delivering medical food to PKU children in Gaza in 2017 and have not resumed regular deliveries. Four children died, others have brain damage. PKU screenings-a universally accepted standard-have been discontinued in Gaza labs since July 2020. 42,000 newborns failed to be screened. In our survey, parents confirm their kids do not have reliable access to food, or monthly blood tests, and there's no one to interpret the tests and adjust the formula intake.
Please make a recurring donation to send medical food to every PKU child in Gaza & the West Bank monthly to provide all other amino acids that are needed in the diet, the backbone of medical treatment for PKU. Help deliver medical food to the children, teach parents about low-protein foods, and hold workshops online to educate local doctors, in partnership. Each child needs approx. 6 cans of medical food/mo ongoing. With a total of 580+ children, 3480 cans of medical food are needed monthly.
The only way to meet these children's needs is through international support including the resumption of U.S. medical aid to Palestine. There's a desperate need for a long term solution to this crisis. 50 years after PKU became a treatable condition, another generation of children is needlessly suffering preventable brain damage. We are bringing the NGO community into our PKU-TogetherWeCan program along with the Ministries of Health to close the gaps in care until sustainable funding is assured.
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