As we approach the fiftieth anniversary of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, 2016 was one of the most troubling years for the Palestinian people, and expectations for 2017 are no better.

Against this bleak backdrop, MAP’s projects are helping to provide a reassuring lifeline to Palestinians living at the sharp end of occupation, deprivation and displacement. In this review, we report on nine months of MAP’s activities from April to December 2016, adjusting to a new financial year.

MAP’s resolve to meet the coming challenges is as strong as ever. Our vision is for a future where all Palestinians can access an effective, sustainable and locally led system of healthcare, and see the full realisation of their rights to health and dignity.

Through the inspiring work of our teams and partners, we are helping to make this a reality. I must say that all our work is only possible through the generous support we receive from you.

Alan Waddams, Chair of Trustees

MAP's programme areas: Achievements in 2016

Essential Primary and Public Healthcare

Programme spend: £1.1m

Photo: A nurse working with map's mobile health clinic delivers a health education session in a Bedouin community, Jordan valley, occupied West Bank


In 2016, working with An Najah medical school and the Ministry of Health, MAP launched a ground-breaking project to reform the primary healthcare system in Palestine by introducing the specialism of family medicine. By providing patients with unhindered access to quality primary health care at a family practice, we free up specialist hospital services to treat those most in need. This year we equipped two training and treatment centres with a combined catchment population of 140,000 people, and 15 doctors have started training to become specialists.

We have also continued our provision of healthcare services to Bedouin communities cut off from health facilities, providing 6,807 consultations in 2016 through our mobile health clinic.

We have brought vital eye health and ophthalmic services to over 7,000 patients in the West Bank and have seen 450 surgeries performed in Gaza through our partnership with St John Eye Hospital’s mobile clinic.

Women and Children's Health

Programme spend: £766,000

Photo: A group of mothers, with their babies, chat with MAP’s maternal and child health coordinator in Lebanon

Achievements in 2016

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 3,210 women and infants benefiting 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 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.

Emergency Preparedness and Response

Programme Spend: £567,000

Photo: The team in the MAP-supported burns unit, Nablus, West Bank

Achievements in 2016

In 2016, MAP successfully developed and expanded medical training projects in Gaza and the West Bank to build hospital teams’ capacities to respond to emergencies and to reduce the number of patients having to travel outside to receive treatment. With 200 patients operated on by the new Gaza Limb Reconstruction team over the past two years, the Ministry of Health has saved £1m in referral bills.

In Gaza, where essential medicines remain at ‘zero stock’ we continued to support hospitals with vital supplies, dispensing $80,000 worth of medicines and supporting blood banks to collect 7,734 units.

In Lebanon, MAP’s support for life-saving hospital treatment for Palestinians displaced from Syria was expanded to cover the cost of vital medication for multiple sclerosis and cancer patients. 106 patients including 15 children received lifesaving treatment.

Mental Health and Psychosocial Support

Programme Spend: £920,000

Photo: Children take part in play therapy at the MAP-supported Saraya Centre in occupied East Jerusalem

Achievements in 2016

In the old city of East Jerusalem, the effects of the occupation are felt particularly acutely. MAP is supporting the Saraya Centre to provide activities for children and support for teachers which aim to strengthen the community’s resilience in the face of massive pressure. 400 children took part in educational and psychosocial activities in 2016.

In Lebanon, we continued our partnership with UNICEF and local Palestinian community organisations to bring mental health and psychosocial support to 24,192 children and 13,588 caregivers affected by the Syria crisis. We aim to mitigate the impact of war and displacement and protect children from exploitation, abuse and neglect.


Programme spend: £159,000

Children participate in activities in the MAP-supported Early Intervention Centre for children with disabilities, south Lebanon

Achievements in 2016

MAP takes a social and rights-based approach to removing the barriers which stand in the way of people with disabilities participating fully in society.

In Lebanon, MAP’s work has focused on providing early intervention, rehabilitative services and educational support, reaching over 300 children with physical, mental and learning disabilities.

In Gaza, MAP supports local organisations to empower people with disabilities to claim their rights and become leaders advocating for change within their communities. 30 people with disabilities carried out on the job training and four were offered employment as a result.

Campaigns and Community Action

Programme spend: £149,000

Photo: A parliamentary delegation learns about settlement expansion in the south Hebron hills

Achievements in 2016

As well as tackling the medical needs of Palestinian communities, MAP is committed to addressing the root causes of these needs.

Cycle Palestine 2016

Last September, a group of 24 intrepid cyclists braved the heat and hills of the West Bank for the Cycle Palestine 2016. The trip covered 230 km from the northern most point of the West Bank, Jenin, to the lowest point on dry land, The Dead Sea, and raised over £116,000.

Parliament work and delegation

In 2016 MAP continued to work together with the Council for Arab-British Understanding (Caabu) to support two cross-party delegations of UK Parliamentarians to visit Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory. On return, these MPs have been actively promoting an informed political debate on issues affecting Palestinians, tabling parliamentary questions and speaking out in support of Palestinian rights, including the right to health, during debates.

“Is now not the time, more than ever, for the United Kingdom Government to be entirely consistent and to remind the world, without any qualification, that settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories are illegal?”

William Wragg MP (Con), who visited the West Bank with MAP and Caabu in April 2016, speaking in a debate on Israeli Settlements in February 2017.

Breast Cancer

In October, MAP marked Breast Cancer Awareness Month with the launch of a campaign to expose the damaging impact of the occupation on access to breast cancer treatment. In partnership with Physicians for Human Rights – Israel we published a fact sheet and infographic highlighting these issues. This was launched by MP and breast cancer surgeon Dr Philippa Whitford, recently returned from a visit to the West Bank and Gaza with MAP, at a side event at the Sottish National Party (SNP) annual conference.

Finance and Accountability

MAP has changed its financial year-end from March to December to align our financial year with our overseas offices. Our next reporting period will be for twelve months from 1st January to 31st December 2017.

Our income in the nine months to 31st December 2016 was £4.2m which was £0.7m ahead of budget. Total expenditure in 2016 was £4.3m: £3.7m spent on programmes and £0.6m invested in fundraising for future programme sustainability.

Future Plans

2017 anniversaries

In 2017, we will mark a series of significant anniversaries which serve to remind us just how much there is still to do: 50 years of occupation in the West Bank and Gaza, 10 years of blockade in Gaza and the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Balfour Declaration which reminds us of Britain’s historic responsibility for its ongoing impact on Palestinians.

With the help of our supporters, MAP will mark these anniversaries with community events, campaign actions and increased humanitarian support in occupied Palestine throughout the year.

New Programme Strategy

Last year, MAP developed a new three-year programme strategy: 2017-20. The new strategy sets out how we will improve the health of the Palestinians and the technical and professional capacities of our partners, as well as raising awareness of violations to the right to health.

To achieve these objectives, we will implement and support projects under the following programme areas which have been identified as the most pressing needs:

  1. Essential primary and public health care (previously primary healthcare)
  2. Women and Child healthcare (previously maternal and child health)#
  3. Mental Health and Psychosocial Support
  4. Disability
  5. Emergency Preparedness and Response

The strategy also outlines a set of cross-cutting issues that all our projects should take account of and integrate sufficiently into their design, implementation and evaluation: capacity building and training, gender mainstreaming, protection, access for marginalised groups, and evidence-based need and design.

Thank you!

The achievements reported in this review would not have been possible without the generous support of our Patrons, Trustees and Key Supporters. Our thanks to all!


The Baroness Morris of Bolton OBE DL



Dr Swee Chai Ang FRCS | Sir Terence English KBE, FRCS, FRCP | The Baroness Kennedy of the Shaws QC | Isaac Nusseibeh MBCHB, LMSSA, FRCS | The Rt Hon Lord Steel Of Aikwood KT KBE PC

President's Circle

Dr Peter Barham & Dr Jennie Metaxa-Barham | Magdi Jameel | Fadi Kassis | Bernard Lo & Anne McGhee | John Payne | Alistair and Dale Thomson | Heba Zaphiriou-Zarifi

Chairman's Circle

Mazen Arafat Nomura and Sophie Tremolet | Mr & Mrs Roderick Cooke | Mr & Mrs Mayassi | Anthea Norman-Taylor | Kirkland and Patrick Smulders

Board of Trustees

Alan Waddams (Chair)

Siham Bortcosh (Treasurer)

Alan Philps | Laith Almasri | Johnny Rizq | Andrew Karney | Phyllis Starkey | Ezzidin Gouta | Steven James | Peter Coleridge | Jean Bowyer Brown | Sir Vincent Fean | Lina Nashef

Partners and Donors

ABC International Bank PLC | The B & P Glasser Charitable Trust | Bank of Palestine | Gareth Beynon | The Bryan Guinness Charitable Trust | Cambridge Applied Physics | The CB & HH Taylor 1984 Trust | Professor Tony Davies | Professor Joseph Farrell | Hugh Symons Charitable Trust | Islamic Relief | The John Swire 1989 Charitable Trust | The Mactaggart Third Fund | The McLain 8 Strands Foundation Ltd | The Mirianog Trust | Muslim Charity | Muslim Aid | The P&W Webster Trust | The Pilkington Charities Fund |Mr & Mrs Pountain | The Pump House Trust | The Ridgeback Charitable Trust | Thomas Norman Franklin’s Charitable Trust | John Trythall | UK Islamic Mission |UN OCHA | UNICEF | Lawrence Waterman

Raising MAP's Profile

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown | Bill Bailey | Caryl Churchill | Bella Freud | Jeremy Hardy | David Morrissey | Camilla Rutherford | Juliet Stevenson

Senior Management Team

Tony Laurance CBE, CEO (until December 2016) | Iain McSeveny, Finance | James Denselow, Media and Campaigns (until November 2016) | Jo O’Neill, Marketing | Dr Andrew Ferguson, Programmes | Mira Al Mukarker, West Bank | Marta Petagna (until October 2016), Lebanon | Dr Ali Dakwar (acting from November 2016), Lebanon | Fikr Shalltoot, Gaza

In March 2017, we were delighted to welcome Aimee Shalan as CEO and Neil Sammonds as Director of Advocacy and Campaigns.

Key Relationships

Paul Julien and Kate Mason

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