The European Hematology Association (EHA), a dedicated community of healthcare professionals, who work tirelessly "Towards prevention, cure, and quality of life for all patients with blood disorders", expresses its deep concern and sorrow over the ongoing violence and humanitarian crisis in Israel and the Gaza Strip. As healthcare providers, our foremost commitment is to the preservation of life, the alleviation of suffering, and the promotion of health. It is with this commitment that we address the current situation, striving to maintain a balanced perspective that respects the complexities of the political landscape.

We unequivocally deplore the violence that has afflicted the region, causing immeasurable pain, loss, and suffering for both Palestinians and Israelis. Every life lost is a tragedy, and every injury endured is a harrowing ordeal. Our hearts go out to all those who have been affected by this ongoing conflict.
As a medical community, our primary concern remains the health and well-being of all individuals in the affected area and, in light of these circumstances, we appeal for an immediate cessation of violence. We advocate for unrestricted humanitarian access, ensuring that medical personnel, supplies, and aid reach those in desperate need.

We recognize the dedication and resilience of the healthcare workers on the ground who work tirelessly, often under perilous conditions, to provide care to those in need. Their commitment to the sacred principles of medical ethics, impartiality, and humanity is commendable and essential for the region's healing.

Our mission is to promote the health and well-being of all individuals, regardless of their nationality, ethnicity, or religion. As we witness the unfolding tragedy in Israel and the Gaza Strip, we reiterate our unwavering commitment to the sanctity of human life and our dedication to healing and relief. We urge our colleagues worldwide to stand in solidarity and join us in condemning violence in the region.

Let us, as the global medical community, work together to make a collective appeal for peace, respect for human rights, and the well-being of all those caught in this crisis.

Last Updated on Tuesday 17 October 2023.