During 2015 Dom community leaders began to collect data that will shed light on the health care situation of the Dom communities in the Palestinian Territories.
As the initial data is gathered, Dr. Bethany Williams made a presentation at the Texas Tech Health Science Center to raise awareness of both the Dom culture and to
bring their medical needs into the larger global health picture. While there are several medical conditions presenting themselves in the communities, the Gaza wars
and the on-going problems of inadequate housing and unclean drinking water have negatively impacted the overall health picture. These realities and their attending
medical problems can and must be addressed.
Diabetes is one of the prevalent medical issues reported in the Dom communities. Equipment to monitor an individual's diabetic condition, as well as medications,
are available in the region if one can afford them. In one situation a young Dom girl's treatment for diabetes costs 70% of the family's monthly income. Family and friends
who are able to get insulin for their diabetic condition share their medications with her whenever possible. Even when a dose of insulin is available, clean syringes to administer
the medication may not be available. Patients resort to cutting themselves and putting the insulin on the open cut in hopes that the body will absorb the medicine. Education, monitoring
supplies, and medications are all needed to address this recurring problem.
The Dom Research Center is investigating ways to assist the Dom communities with these issues. Gathering of medical data will continue to be emphasized, but practical means of
addressing these needs are being considered. Already contributions to the DRC are used to gain access to a local medical clinic for one Dom community on the West Bank. At times, the DRC
has released relief funds to purchase medications for the Dom in Gaza.
As a part of the expanding attention given to the medical conditions the Dom face, the DRC is looking for both individuals and organizations interested in joining the effort to address
the need for both medical care and clean water. In October 2015 the DRC committed to finding individuals to provide "Senna" with her diabetes medications. Working with Amoun Sleem of the
Domari Society, three months of treatments were purchased and delivered to her. The DRC is also receiving donations to purchase monitoring equipment. Also in October, funds were given to purchase
filters for 2 community water tanks. Additional filters are needed in other communities.
The medical needs in Gaza are extensive. The medical equipment and treatments needed are being currently researched, and plans developed to address these needs. In
subsequent posts to this site those needs will be outlined. Check the DRC Facebook page and this website for updates and instructions for making contributions. Below is information
that will assist you to make a contribution toward the purchase of insulin for "Senna." Her medications cost 700 NIS (shekels) per month, which is approximately $181 USD per month.
All contributions are tax deductible for US tax payers.
Send your contribution to:
Dom Research Center
P.O. Box 121
McComb, MS 39649
Or click on the link below to make a donation to the Dom Medical Fund by credit card or PayPal account. After you complete your donation you will be directed back to the Dom Research Center website.