About Conference

The Gaza Strip has suffered several wars in the past decade. This unfortunate situation provides a good base to study the different aspects of crisis and disaster management. In addition to being occupied, Gaza has been subject to a crippling blockade since 2005, when Israeli occupation forces left the strip, but sealed the borders. The blockade severely impacts all aspects of life including the humanitarian, health, environmental and economic domains. In addition to the blockade, Gaza experienced three major wars in the past decade that resulted in thousands killed and injured. As a result of these wars, a large portion of Gaza's infrastructure was destroyed and many civilians have fled their villages and cities. Additionally, the industrial sector was heavily impacted, increasing economic hardship for the local population.

In the health sector, several hospitals, primary health care centers and ambulances were partially or severely damaged during the wars and as the result of the blockade. Tens of health staff were killed and injured.

These conditions make the provision of effective and safe health services difficult, which adversely impacts the lives of thousands of patients, their families and ultimately the society as a whole.

The Islamic University of Gaza's Faculty of Medicine, in collaboration with the Hayat Center, are organizing the faculty's seventh annual conference entitled "Crisis and Health Disaster Management in the Gaza Strip" in order to advance the study of health disaster management in the Gaza Strip and to benefit from local and international experiences to develop crisis management in Palestine generally and the Gaza Strip specifically.


Conference Goals:

The conference aims at contributing in the development of crisis and health disaster management through achieving the following goals:
  • Highlight the reality of crisis and emergency management in Gaza Strip
  • Identifying the main challenges acing crisis and emergency management
  • Benefit from the local and international experiences in crisis and emergency management
  • Provide recommendations that support the development of crisis and emergency management in Gaza Strip
  • Enhancing the capacity of executive bodies engaged in crisis and health disasters management in Gaza Strip
  • Providing a committee for decision makers in crisis and disasters management
  • Connecting national, regional and international institutions

Conference Topics:

The conference deals with the following topics:
  • Crisis and Disasters Management
  • Connecting local and international institutions working in the field of crisis and health disasters management.
  • International experiences at local and international levels.

Important Dates

1. June. 2017

Sending abstracts deadline

15 July. 2017

Replying to the abstracts

10-11. Nov. 2017

Conference days


Conference Committees

Scientific Committee:

  • Dr. Anwar Ashaikh Khalil – Committee Head
  • Dr. Osama Al- Balawi– Committee Coordinator
  • • Dr. Bassam Abu Hamad
  • • Dr. Yahya Abed
  • • Dr. Khamees Al- Essi
  • • Dr. Mohammed Al- Attar
  • • Dr. Yasir Abu Jame
  • • Dr. Mohammed Atawil
  • • Dr. Erk Fosk
  • • Dr. Ashraf Al- Jedi
  • • Dr. Betina Bocher
  • • Dr. Zeyad Aby Hein
  • • Dr. Mahmoud Daher
  • • Dr. Abdulatef Al- Haj
  • • Dr. Noor Abu Samaha
  • • Dr. Mohammed Habeeb

Preparatory Committee:

  • • Dr. Basim Naem- Hayat Centre – Committee Head
  • • Dr. Mohammed Al- Kashef
  • • Dr. Mohammed Al- Moghayer
  • • Dr. Mohammed Al- Attar
  • • Dr. Yosuf Abu Selmeyya
  • • Bassam Nassar
  • • Mahmoud Al- Halabi
  • • Osama Khilla
  • • Dr. Foad Al- Kahlout
  • • Mr. Khalid Al- Kahlout
  • • Dr. Hani Ferwana
  • • Mohammed Al- Akkawi
  • • Mohammed Abu Jazar
  • • Mohammed Zaloum

Conference Research


Conference Announcement

IUG Faculty of Medicine and Hayat Center for crisis management are organizing a conference entitled “Crisis and Health Disasters Management in Gaza Strip”. The conference aims at highlighting the status of crisis management and intervention in Gaza in light of the chronic crisis in Gaza Strip- Palestine, focusing on the health, environment and psychosocial aspects of it.

The Scientific Committee of the conference is issuing a call for abstracts on original scientific work that is related to the topic, with an emphasis on the health, environment and psychosocial aspects and recommendations for future development of crisis management in Gaza.  All abstracts will be previewed for quality of research and scientific content.

Accepted abstracts will be presented either in oral presentation during the two days conference or as a poster presentation during the poster session which will be held as part of the conference.

Abstract Submission Timeline

The deadline for abstract submission is 15 May 2017. The results of the peer review will be announced by 15 July 2017. The submitting author will be notified by email. Subsequent correspondence will be with the presenting author(s).

Author Information

At the beginning of the abstract submission process, you will be asked to enter author information and affiliations. All abstracts must be submitted before the deadline via email: . The corresponding author is responsible for the abstract content. This author is the contact person for submission and communication purposes and is also responsible for disseminating information related to the abstract to the co-authors. If accepted, your abstract will be included in the abstract book of the conference.

Language of Abstract:

English - Arabic

Number of Submissions

Each author can submit maximum of two abstracts. 

Submission Format

Prepare your abstract in a word processing software such as MS Word, Word Perfect, or a text editor such as MS Write. For preparation of an abstract, please follow these format directions: The abstract text should not exceed 500 words. Authors are responsible for proofreading and submitting an abstract without errors. Abstract should contain the following sections: 

      Title: Please ensure that the first word of your title starts with a Capital Letter. BOLD entire title.
2.      Authors: Please indicate the presenter with an asterisk. If there is more than one author list the authors with last name and initial. Separate authors with a comma. Important: If the presenting author is not indicated with an asterisk, the first author will be considered as the presenter and can only be changed with a written permission from the head of the scientific committee at least 10 days before the conference.
      Affiliation: Please write the affiliation of the authors as the following order: Department (or hospital), School (or Faculty), University (or Research Institute), City, Country

4.      Aims and objectives;
5.      Methods;

8.      Keywords Abstract submitted in other formats will NOT be accepted (use Times New Roman 12 point font and 1" side margins).

A panel of experts will review all submitted abstracts, and the scientific committee will allocate accepted abstracts to an oral or poster session. 




Support Us

It is our pleasure to invite you to support the conference according to the attached budget, and to participate in the medical devices and products exhibition, which will be held on the fringe.

For further information, you can visit the conference website, or get in touch with the conference coordinator.

e- mail: Crisis_Conf.7@iugaza.edu.ps


About Gaza

Gaza is the largest city in the Gaza Strip and the Palestinian territories. The city, which has a population of approximately 410,000 in the inner city and 1.4 million people in the metropolitan area, has been inhabited since 3000BC. The city is frequently termed "Gaza City" in order to distinguish it from the larger Gaza Strip.

The history of Gaza, one of the oldest cities in the world, has been shaped by its strategic location. The city is located on the Mediterranean coastal route, between North Africa and the greener lands of the Levant.

There are four major universities in Gaza City, including: Islamic University of Gaza; Al-Aqsa University; Al-Azhar University; Al-Quds Open University. 


Landmarks and public buildings in Gaza City

Landmarks in Gaza include the Great Mosque of Gaza (Great Omari Mosque, the Mosque of Al Sayed  Hashem, the Mosque of Ibn Othman, the Mosque of Ibn Marwan, The Sheikh Abul Azm sanctuary, the Sheikh Ajlin sanctuary, Tell al Mintar, Napoleon's fort (Al Radwan Castle), and the Church of St. Porphyries.