Update on the psycho-social support services for vulnerable groups in Gaza Strip

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In June, the team of “Integrated Healthcare and Protection Services” project held  psycho-social support sessions for children and women. These sessions were held in 11 CBO’s across Gaza strip and were implemented by six psycho-social specialists, each specialist worked in two different CBOs.

The psychosocial support services provided were in three main categories:

  • Psychosocial support sessions for children.
  • Psychosocial support sessions for women/mothers.
  • Training for women in leadership and women’s rights.

Psycho-social support sessions for children:

Through the support sessions for children, Caritas Jerusalem will target 2000 children aged between 8-13 years old and from both genders.

In June, the psycho-social support sessions for children were resumed after a short vacation due to the children’s final exams. They have already targeted 1,594 children with sessions, with total of 1,317 sessions conducted across all intervention areas since the start of the project.

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Medical intervention services updates

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In June 2017, Caritas medical outreach team continued their intervention in the three outreach areas in Gaza Strip. The main components of the intervention included:

 

Primary health care services for sick children:

Caritas medical outreach team has provided services to 1690 children under 12 years old since the start of the project in October 2016.

During summer vacation which usually starts in June, children prefer to play outdoors which lead them to become more vulnerable to diseases and minor injuries.

As part of this intervention, Caritas medical outreach team pays special attention to children who come with minor injuries and/or sunstrokes and provide them with proper treatment. They also instruct the parents to take better care of their children.

Antenatal health care to pregnant women:

Caritas medical outreach team has provided antenatal healthcare services to a total of 1,043 pregnant women since the beginning of the project in October 2016.

During June 2017, Caritas medical outreach team increased their efforts through the area facilitators to reach out to more pregnant women to be part of the program.

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