Women and children’s health remains a concern for Palestinians in the occupied Palestinian territory and Lebanon. They continue to be among most vulnerable groups during conflict and long-term displacement. Rates of maternal and child mortality and morbidity remain high, while insufficient access to reproductive and sexual health services mean that women’s specific health needs risk going unmet. MAP is supporting a range of women and children’s health projects to improve disease awareness and prevention and ensure access to treatment.
In Lebanon, our pioneering home-visiting midwifery programme for at-risk women and infants has seen significant improvements in anaemia levels, rates of exclusive breastfeeding and healthy birth weight, with a caseload of 3,210 women and infants in 2016.
In Gaza, we supported a partner centre to support 800 survivors of gender-based violence with counselling and legal protection services.
Also in Gaza, our support for a specialist malnutrition clinic (pictured) has seen 430 children treated for malnutrition related illnesses with fantastic results: 100% of children diagnosed with wasting achieved a healthy weight, 96% of those with weight faltering gained weight each month, and 98% of anaemic children’s haemoglobin levels increased.
In the West Bank, MAP has continued to support the Dunya Women’s Cancer Centre to provide diagnostic services to 1,261 women, and to conduct awareness raising activities: 1,694 people attended lectures across the West Bank. Breast cancer in particular still carries a stigma among many communities, so encouraging self-examination and screening are key to survival.