Recovering with Love

Tareq 3Tareq 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.

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


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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Together through Better Health

IMG-20170515-WA0002I knew there was something wrong with me, but I was afraid of the high cost of treatment. The service I got at Caritas mobile clinic is a high quality service and free of charge. I hope it will continue.” Said Naser, one of the beneficiaries

Naser comes from a very poor family with limited access to health services since he lives in a marginalized area with the nearest medical care provider 30 minutes away by car. He works as a daily worker in agriculture with minimum income of NIS 250. Naser has a family of 6 members; all living in a  small house, all of his children have also dropped out of school.

When Naser first came to Caritas outreach medical clinic in Mawasi, he had already been diagnosed with Diabetes. The doctor screened him and found out that he is also suffering from high blood pressure (Hypertension) and his Blood sugar levels were very high.

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

Primary health care services for sick children:

Caritas medical outreach team has provided services to 1613 children under 12 years old since the start of the project in October 2016.

Children in the outreach areas are more vulnerable to common diseases than other children in the Gaza Strip, this is caused mainly by the environmental effects of life in the marginalized areas. One particular challenge is access to clean water. Gaza strip relies heavily on the underground aquifer which has been depleted over the years. Also in many areas, including the outreach areas Caritas operates in, the aquifer is contaminated and not suitable for human use. Through the project, the medical outreach team treats many children suffering from infections related to contaminated waters, for example, abdominal pain, intestinal infections, and other types of diseases. Also, as part of the nutritional awareness sessions, Caritas nutritionist instructs parents on how to insure that the water supply at the household is clean and safe for use of children.

Antenatal health care to pregnant women:

Caritas medical outreach team has provided antenatal healthcare services to a total of 829 pregnant women since the start of the project in October 2016.

Through the project, Caritas Jerusalem will provide pregnant women with high quality services they usually don’t get at free medical service providers i.e. government or UNRWA. The services include periodical ultrasound scans for mothers, regular follow up with Caritas gynecologist, and in case of infections, the required antibiotics and treatment will be provided all free of charge. In addition, as value added service, nutritional awareness sessions will be provided for all mothers in the program. Through the sessions,  Caritas nutritionist will introduce special diets for the pregnant women and will teach the women how to care for their newborns once they deliver.

So far, by the end of May 2017, 217 women have already given birth and have received their baby layettes. More women are expected to give birth in the upcoming months.


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