Hanan Health Project
The occupation and blockade of the West Bank and Gaza have created several obstacles to health care access and illness prevention. For Palestinians, shortages in critically-needed medicines and vaccines are the norm. Adding to this burden is the lack of programs to improve women and children’s access to quality maternal and child health nutrition services.
From 2005-2008, ANERA implemented the Hanan Project throughout the West Bank and Gaza. With the help of $2 million in USAID funding, Hanan focused on providing quality health and nutritional services while promoting positive household and community health behaviors among mothers and children.
How It Worked
In implementing four program components – mobilization of communities for improved health practices, quality improvement of clinical services, behavior change communication, and support for emergency preparedness and response – the ANERA worked with a range of Palestinian partners to ensure effective implementation, high impact, and long term sustainability.
The project and its partners worked in 113 communities, 78 clinics and hospitals, and 16 municipalities in the West Bank and Gaza. In addition, the project supported the Ministry of Health to provide service access and enhance service quality in 44 clinics across the West Bank.