Update on the Medical intervention services for vulnerable groups in Gaza Strip

April 2017 medical

Through the month of April the “Integrated Healthcare and Protection Services” project, continued their medical intervention in the 3 outreach areas of: Mawasi, Sawarha, and Shoka.

The medical services provided are in three main categories:

  • Primary health care services for sick children.
  • Antenatal health care to pregnant women.
  • Health care services to patients of NCDs (hypertension, and Diabetes)

Primary health care services for sick children:

The Caritas medical outreach team has provided services to 1462 children since the beginning of the project in October 2016.

The children attending the CBO’s are being screened and their vitals measured, if they suffer from sickness they will be referred to one of our doctors on the team.

The doctor examines the child and prescribes the proper medication. For example, providing antibiotics for infections, paracetamol for feverish child, anti-parasitic drugs for intestinal parasites, and nutritional supplements for malnourished children. Children with diarrheal disorders will be provided with ORS. Also, if the child requires further lab tests, the medical team will provide them.

The services provided for children in the outreach areas are vital since those children come from very poor families, and most of their parents are unemployed and cannot afford proper medical services for the family. In addition, the areas of intervention are marginalized and no medical service providers other than Caritas work within walking distance from most of those children’s families.

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Creating a brighter future

Adam 2

Adam is an 8 year old child and actually doing quite well at school. Yet, his father was a bit worried about him and contacted the Caritas local facilitator and asked if his son can join the psychosocial sessions. Adam’s father told the facilitator that he thinks his son is suffering from the effects of the last war (summer 2014).

Adam started the psychosocial sessions. The psychosocial specialist noticed that he exhibited the following traits: inwardness, withdrawal, sleep disorder and fear. At the beginning of the sessions, the psychologist also observed that the child tended to be lonely during the activities, he didn’t participate, was shy and he speaks in a low voice. The psychologist spoke with the child and tried to support him in joining the psychological sessions. The psychologist found out that the child was afraid of sleeping in his own room, so he tends to always sleep in his parents room.

The psychologist started special one to one activities with the child in order to reduce the fear such as: coping with fear, expressing feelings, belonging to the group, the secure place and Self-confidence exercises. Continue reading