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.
Health care services to patients of NCDs (hypertension, and Diabetes):
Caritas medical outreach team has provided screening and treatment for common NCDs (hypertension, and diabetes) for all residents over 40 years old of the three localities reaching 1170 NCDs patients since the start of the project in October 2016.
During June, which coincided with the month of Ramadan, in which Muslims fast by refraining to eat or drink all day long until sunset, the medical outreach team paid extra attention to NCD patients since they become more vulnerable during the month of Ramadan.
Nutritional education and awareness:
During June, the Nutritionist organized a number of sessions about the effects of fasting and how to eat properly and follow a healthy diet during Ramadan for both pregnant women and NCD patients.
The nutritionist has targeted 3,785 beneficiaries as follows;
- 1,761 persons attended sessions for sick children.
- 941 pregnant women attended sessions for antenatal nutritional care.
- 1,083 NCDs patients attended sessions for special dietary needs of NCDs.