Tareq is a 12 years old from Mawasi; he lives with his mother and three siblings in a small house. Tareq is one of the beneficiaries who attend the psycho-social support sessions. During the past months, his father got sick and had to stay at the hospital and as the eldest son, Tareq had to stay with his father at the hospital. The father passed away peacefully.
Tareq stopped coming to the sessions as he had to be with his family. The facilitator and the psycho-social specialist attended the funeral to support Tareq and be with him.
After the funeral the psycho-social specialist visited Tareq again and brought him some gifts. The specialist was able to convince Tareq to return to the group sessions and also decided to implement one on one session with him.
Tareq returned to the group sessions but he was still drawn away from the rest of the group. He preferred to stay alone and not participate in any activity. The specialist decided to have more individual sessions with him and allow him to enter the toys room at the CBO and play privately in order to encourage him to participate in the group sessions.
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.
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.
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
On the 1st of October 2016 Caritas Jerusalem launched one of its comprehensive projects in the Gaza strip targeting the five governorates of Deir Elbalah, North Gaza, Gaza, Rafah and Khan Younis.
This integrated, multifaceted approach towards the issues faced by the most vulnerable in the Gaza Strip will provide quality primary health care services, psycho-social and protection support with special attention given to children, women and people with disabilities.
Children who reside in refugee camps are more anaemic than their counterparts who live in urban areas; Caritas Jerusalem will provide fortified milk and treatment to these children. Continue reading
A monitoring visit of Caritas International Belgium to Caritas Jerusalem Branch in Gaza and its Health Center has been organized from 25th to 27th of October 2016.
During this monitoring mission, the following have been done: