2016 in brief MAP IN ACTION 2016

A challenging year

Lebanon continued to report the highest percentage of Palestinian refugees living in abject poverty anywhere in the world. Over 65% of Palestinian refugees from Lebanon and 89% of Palestinian refugees from Syria are living in poverty.

2016 saw the highest number of demolitions of Palestinian property in the occupied West Bank since 2009: 1,089 homes and other structures were demolished and 1,593 people displaced.

Permit approvals for Palestinian patients leaving Gaza for medical treatment dropped to the lowest rate in seven years.

Lebanon: achievements in 2016

In Lebanon, breast and cervical cancer awareness campaigns (pictured) provided hundreds of women with free diagnostic testing.

MAP’s team of community midwives received the Shield of the Order of Lebanese Midwives in recognition of their contribution and exceptional work.

MAP’s emergency treatment fund for refugees from Syria was expanded to cover multiple sclerosis and cancer patients.

West Bank: achievements in 2016

MAP’s mobile health clinic team distributed 1,260 kits containing vital hygiene and sanitary items to 630 families in Bedouin communities.

The Dunya Women’s Cancer Centre, MAP’s local partner in the West Bank, launched a hair collection campaign, succeeding in making 10 wigs for cancer survivors (pictured).

MAP launched the Oncology Nursing High Diploma programme with Bethlehem university – the first and only programme training nurses to be specialists in cancer care in Palestine.

Gaza: achievements in 2016

The launch of a pioneering infection control programme in Gaza’s neonatal wards means that the hospitals can monitor and prevent neonatal deaths caused by sepsis or infection.

MAP’s local partner provided 163 breast cancer survivors with breast prosthesis and specialist bras to help them retain their sense of dignity.

MAP has procured $1.2m worth of essential medical supplies and equipment for hospitals across Gaza.

UK: achievements in 2016

In September 2016, a group of 24 cyclists took on Cycle Palestine, a 230km ride through the West Bank. The event was a huge success and raised over £116,000.

Rahma Barclay took on a self-organised, five-week cycling adventure from London to Jerusalem. Rahma cycled 3,500 km across 13 countries and has raised over £13,000.

A Celtic FC supporter group set up the #MatchTheFineForPalestine campaign, raising over £176,000 which was split between MAP and the Lajee Centre, Bethlehem.


Photos: Richard Gray

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