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MAP in Action 2017

Message from our CEO

The anniversaries that Palestinians have marked last year – 10 years of the blockade of Gaza, 50 years of military occupation and 100 years since the signing of the Balfour Declaration – are not simply painful reminders of past tragedies, but continue to highlight the ongoing injustices and dispossession that characterise the day-to-day lives of Palestinians.

In 2017 the situation in Gaza deteriorated to its lowest ebb outside of periods of military attack so in the summer we declared Gaza a humanitarian emergency, and this continues to be the case in 2018. Settlements in the West Bank have continued to expand despite a UN Security Council vote to condemn illegal Israeli settlements and many Palestinians are under threat of home demolitions and forcible transfer. In Lebanon, poverty and a lack of opportunities continue to blight the lives of Palestinian refugees while the world’s attention is focussed on other crises across the region.

In such bleak times, in my first year as CEO I’m proud to oversee projects and programmes that continue to shine a beacon of hope, supporting the most vulnerable and promoting the right of every human being to the highest attainable standard of health. We are very grateful to Alan Waddams who stepped down as Chair of our board of Trustees for his stewardship through the last four years, which included our response to the devastating 2014 military offensive on Gaza.

Our vision is a future where all Palestinians can access an effective, locally-led and sustainable healthcare system. Our fantastic teams and partners in the West Bank, Gaza and Lebanon are working tirelessly to make this vision a reality. This work is possible only through the generous support of people like you. Thank you.

Dr Aimee Shalan, MAP CEO

Essential Primary and Public Healthcare

Programme Spend: £928,000

Buthaina and two of her children, from an isolated Bedouin community received first aid training through the mobile clinic

Achievements

Our family medicine programme aims to reform the primary healthcare system in Palestine. Now in its second year, to programme is going from strength to strength with 17 family medicine specialists trained and certified and another 17 enrolled in the programme.

Our mobile health clinic made 436 visits to isolated Bedouin households and held 9,204 consultations including 501 with pregnant women in just a year. Bedouin communities in Area C of the West Bank are some of the most marginalised so this mobile health clinic really is a lifeline.

Mobile clinic crossing the Jordan Valley

Women and Children's Health

Programme Spend £1,390,000

Two girls from Bedouin communities, Jordan Valley

Achievements

1,307 babies were welcomed into the world who were born under our innovative community-based midwifery programme in Lebanon. This outreach programme has seen positive outcomes including reduction in anaemia levels and high uptake of family planning methods.

“Our midwife Lina has made such a big difference to us, she gives us so much support. Even when she is tired and has problems of her own, she never shows it and works so hard for us. She gives us hope.” Dina, a mother
Lina and family from Beddawi refugee camp

In Gaza, our women’s empowerment project, in partnership with Culture for Free Thought Association, provides a holistic service including psychological, legal, and health services to women who’ve experienced gender-based violence. 8,338 people were reached through activities and community workshops with a huge 1,287 people receiving one to one psychosocial counselling sessions.

We have continued to support six neonatal units in Gaza, training 62 staff in neonatal life-support care with a huge 3,600 new-borns benefitting from our support.

Disability

Programme Spend: £336,000

The Sour Disability Centre, Lebanon

Achievements

29 children living with disabilities were enrolled in local schools as a result of our support and received follow-up support from our specialists at partners Sour Community Disability Project in Lebanon.

100 people received assistive devices thanks to our support and 3,687 home and centre based physical rehabilitation sessions were delivered.

In Gaza, our community based rehabilitation programme emphasises inclusive and accessible societies by empowering people living with disabilities to advocate for their rights. 50 social media activists promoted the issue online and through TV and radio slots.

Emergency Preparedness and Response

Programme Spend: £783,000

Nablus and Hebron Burns Units help children who need urgent burns treatment

Achievements

The Hebron Burns Unit officially opened in August and so far has provided specialised treatment to 75 patients, under care of specially trained surgeons, nurses, midwives and anaesthetists.

October was the worst month on record since the beginning of 2014 for medicine stocks in Gaza. 230 necessary items were completed depleted, a whopping 40% of the Central Drug Store. We worked closely with key partners to procure over 45,000 items and ensure they made it into Gaza.

“There is no stability in the provision of drugs. The medicines we have are zero stocked. This means that we have just a few weeks supply of some drugs, while others are depleted entirely. MAP have helped to provide medicines in times of emergencies without problems or delays and we are all thankful for this support.” Saja Al Kirim, Central Drug Store Pharmacist
MAP-provided blood bags, Blood Bank, Gaza.

Mental Health and Psychosocial Support

Programme Spend: £1,840,000

Three school girls playing at a support centre

In its third year with partner UNICEF, our programme for Palestinian and Syrian refugees in Lebanon continued to provide multi-tiered psychosocial support in camps across Lebanon. 32,612 children and young people were engaged with the programme as well as 16,625 caregivers and parents receiving child protection and parenting support services.

In occupied East Jerusalem, 165 young people and children attended life skills classes at our long-term partner Al Saraya Centre. 75% of these then reported having greater self-confidence as a result of taking the classes, pushing forward the overall aim of increasing young people’s resilience to become change makers in their community.

Advocacy and Campaigns

Programme Spend: £218,000

Two women looking out over Gaza City

Achievements

We were joined by more than 13,000 people who signed our petition calling for an end to the 50-year occupation which we delivered to No.10 Downing Street on the eve of the 100-year anniversary of the Balfour Declaration.

Four delegations of MP’s were taken to the West Bank with MAP and The Council for Arab-British Understanding and on return have been tabling questions and prompting debate in parliament.

We launched a series of Health under Occupation briefings exposing the ways occupation and blockade have impeded the delivery of healthcare, put staff in danger and affected the physical and mental health of the Palestinian population. This was joined by a documentary film by Jeremy Hardy and Imran Yusuf following their experiences in the West Bank.

Finance and Accountability

We ensure that funds are directed to appropriate projects and that we comply with international regulations and industry standards. We work to be as transparent as possible about our governance, activities and finances by publishing names of trustees and directors, details of our activities and make this information, including our audited accounts, available on our website.

Protecting children and vulnerable adults is absolutely crucial to our work. We are committed to maintaining the highest standards within our organisations and partners, and to the regular review of our policies and protocols with regards safeguarding.

Our Priorities for 2018

We will be running a further three neurosurgery training missions in Gaza in 2018 following a successful mission last year. Further, we will be establishing a new two-year programme to help improve the quality of breast cancer care in the West Bank and Gaza.

We will expand our work in disability rights and access to services in refugee camps in Lebanon and continue to address the challenges posed by restrictions on the movement of patients and doctors, shortages of medicines and the other shortcomings and challenges of the health system in Palestine.

Challenges we face in 2018

We anticipate continuing instability as a result of US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, coupled with funding cuts to UNRWA. The reduction in permits by Israeli authorities will continue to effect patients in Gaza and we do not envisage much, if any, let up on the worsening humanitarian situation there.

We hope you’ll join us in remembering the forgotten Palestinian refugees in 2018, given the 70th anniversary of the Nakba in May.

All of these accomplishments could not have been possible without the support of each and every one of our supporters. We are so lucky to have your support and are proud to have you all with us on this journey to fly the flag for Palestinian health and dignity.

Thank you!

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MAP is a Charitable Company Limited by Guarantee. Registered Number 3038352 England. Charity Registration No. 1045315.

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