GAZA MINIBUS APPEAL 2014

by MEDICAL AID FOR PALESTINIANS
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About the project

Goals

Tipping Point £25,000
Final Goal! £30,000
£238.75
tipping point
£30.000
20%
In-kind donations range from drinks to office supplies. We even accept homemade cakes. See what else we need!
tipping point
25 hrs
12hrs
In-kind donations range from drinks to office supplies. We even accept homemade cakes. See what else we need!

More about the project

What is the social/environmental problem/issue that this project will address?
The ongoing blockade of Gaza has had a severe impact on its infrastructure and essential services. High levels of poverty and unemployment, coupled with dependency on humanitarian assistance, continue to increase. The daily lives of Palestinians living in Gaza are consumed by conducting the most basic tasks: ensuring that they have shelter, food and safe, clean water. These struggles are further compounded by the significant obstacle of obtaining medication. Food insecurity and rising poverty mean that most residents cannot meet their daily caloric requirements. The health sector faces regular shortages of medicine. Children, who make up more than half of the population, have known only conflict and shortages.
Can you give us some statistics on this problem?
Palestinian children living in Gaza continue to show signs of micro and macronutrient deficiencies. The most prevalent is anaemia - affecting 58% of school children and 68% of babies aged 9-12 months. According to UNICEF reports in 2012 micronutrient deficiencies, called “hidden hunger” can cause serious and irreversible cognitive and developmental deficits, especially among young children. Food insecurity and rising poverty mean that most residents cannot meet their daily caloric requirements, while over 90 per cent of the water in Gaza has been deemed unfit for human consumption.(UNRWA 2014)
What is your solution?
The local team provides care for children and their mothers at a central Gaza clinic. The outreach service is equally important in providing health checks and services for the most distant and marginalised families. The outreach team of 12 offer a holistic approach to child health screening by providing counselling and awareness sessions within the home. Families that are most vulnerable and at risk of malnourishment are targeted and nutritional supplements are provided during the visits. .
How will you deliver this?
During these visits the team provides an element of counselling and educates the parents of the children. They learn about the importance of breastfeeding and how to prepare highly nutritious foods for their children and families from available resources. The outreach team often come across children suffering from respiratory infections, diarrhea diseases as well as moderate and severe anaemia. The team are then able to make a direct referral to the nearest clinic. The current loan of a minibus is due to expire which threatens the future of the outreach team.

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About the organisation

Vision and mission

Medical Aid for Palestinians works for the health and dignity of Palestinians living under occupation and as refugees. With offices located in Beirut, Ramallah and Gaza City, MAP responds rapidly in times of crisis, and works directly with communities in the longer term on health development. MAP is an independent, non-political, non-sectarian international humanitarian aid organisation. Registered as a charity in UK

Geographical coverage

International

Our track record

MAP works with local Palestinian organisations to improve health care for Palestinians. We also work to raise awareness and challenge the violations of the universal right to health, which is threatened by conflict, prolonged occupation and displacement. Our constant presence in Lebanon and the occupied Palestinian territory for 30 years has built a strong bond of trust between MAP staff and the people we work with each day. MAP has a permanent team in Gaza able to develop flexible and innovative programmes to help people cope in very difficult conditions behind the blockade now in its eighth year.

Who do we help?

MAP delivers health and medical care to the Palestinians worst affected by conflict, occupation and displacement. Today, MAP is able to reach the most vulnerable and ensure they are receiving the best healthcare available in such hostile and difficult conditions.

How do we deliver this?

MAP supplies hospitals and clinics with specialist equipment and other essential items in short supply. In the community, we train local health workers, doctors and nurses to ensure that all Palestinians receive health care now and in the future. MAP’s disability projects encourage dialogue and awareness whilst equipping mothers and carers of children with disabilities with practical skills for everyday life. We also focus on the provision of specialist emergency care and burns training