YOUR March peace mail from GAZA
My name is Dr Lubna. I am the Health Program Coordinator for the Near East Council of Churches, Department of Services for Palestinian refugees (NECC-DSPR) in Gaza.
We have three primary healthcare clinics. One of the clinics is in the Shij’iah, a marginalised and poor region. The Shij’iah area was exposed to three wars in five years between 2009 and 2014. In 2008, we lost our previous clinic. In 2009, we established this new one and we continue to provide and serve our population through health services here.
Through our health clinics we provide health program activities, antenatal care, postnatal care, family planning, our well baby program, dental clinic services and afternoon activities. We also provide psychosocial support services.
We have a high prevalence of anaemia for our Gaza Strip; we have about 32% of anaemic children who are under five, and we have about 11% of malnourished children, which is high in comparison with the international standard. Through our well baby program, we take anthropometric measurements for the children. We take the length, height and weight and the head circumference. When we register the data and put it in our computer, it immediately gives us the result whether the child is normal or underweight, or stunting or wasted. If the child is underweight, stunting or wasted, we also check for the haemoglobin level for all the children from six months til six years in order to detect anaemia.
We give anaemic children iron supplementation and we continue with follow up cases to see whether their haemoglobin level has improved or not, and for the malnourished children whether the weight or height has improved or not. If there is no improvement, then we can refer them to the other relevant organisations. For the severely underweight and stunted children we can refer them to the paediatric hospital. The paediatricians, who are specialists in nutrition, malnutrition and anaemia, examine the children and give them supported formula and also give additional health education for the mother.
All these services are free for mothers. Medications are also free for all children and pregnant women at our pharmacy; we take minimal fees for other adults.
You’re supporting a program that makes a huge difference in the lives of families here. We hope that you can continue to help us deliver urgently needed healthcare.
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Thousands of families in Gaza lack the essential services and support needed to live healthy, safe and prosperous lives.
Your support is helping Act for Peace’s partner, the Near East Council of Churches Department of Service to Palestinian Refugees (NECC-DSPR), operate three primary healthcare clinics in the Gaza Strip. These healthcare clinics provide vital services to vulnerable and economically disadvantaged people, including pre and post-natal care for mother and baby, nutritional support, the provision of free prescribed medicine and dental care. Psychosocial support is also trauma which helps to prevent serious mental health problems from developing in the future.
Your support is making a difference!
$30 Can help give a baby in Gaza a full check-up with a doctor and prescribed medicines for a healthy start to life.
• For the doctors and nurses in Gaza, like Dr Lubna, who are working tirelessly to care for their community.
• For the thousands of children diagnosed with anaemia in Gaza – that they receive treatment and support they need.
• That Act for Peace’s local partner the Near East Council of Churches Department of Service to Palestinian Refugees (NECC-DSPR) have continued support and resources.
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