Yousef is one of our beneficiaries who is healthy again. Yousef is only seven months old from Beach Camp in Gaza who lives with his parent and nine siblings. Family lives in a very difficult living situation.
Yousef was admitted to Caritas Jerusalem’s medical intervention program in early November 2016; he was under weight, stunted and wasted. His mother had normal pregnancy and delivery; at birth, he weighed 3.2kg and started breast feeding for only the first week, then sweetened water was added to his breast-feeding as mother milk became scanty and not enough. This was a major reason behind his malnourishment. When he was 4 months old; his mother tried to support him by buying some formula milk but due to financial difficulties; she couldn’t afford it and returned to feed him with sweeten water.
When he turned 7 months old; he was screened and admitted to the program, Caritas pediatrician started nutritional rehabilitation by giving him a formula milk and corn flour every two weeks for the first four visits then every 20 days for the next two visits then once monthly for the last two visits.
Yousef suffered from motor delay as he started sitting at 10 months, and only newly he could roll over and no crawling yet. In addition, he had no signs of having any teeth yet.
Suha is a forty one year old married woman from Al Shaja’aiyya, Gaza who lives with her husband and five daughters and three sons who attend school. Suha is a housewife; her husband is the only breadwinner who is a daily paid worker with an average salary of $10 per day. This very low income is not enough to cover the daily expenses, educational costs and any treatment costs. After the recent war on Gaza, the family lost their home; it was fully destroyed and they had to move to a small rented house.
Suha started to attend the psychosocial support sessions for the mothers and during one-on-one sessions, CJ’s psychosocial specialist identified that Suha suffered from stress, self-blame, lack of sleep and emotional disturbance that affected the relationship with her children. She also had suicidal tendencies and that she considered harming herself or even thought of committing suicide.
She used to attend the sessions and was very passive and interacting with others and she would always show negative response or no response at all. Those syndromes are common with people suffering from acute depression.
Moreover, Suha’s daughter who attends the psychosocial support sessions for children also suffered from depression and she was always crying and sitting alone refusing to participate with others in the activities.