Rational Use of Medicine
Palestinians in Lebanon suffer from a multitude of disabilities, mental health problems and malnutrition that result from years of conflict, poverty and poor living conditions in overcrowded refugee camps. One out of three refugees suffers from a chronic illness such as hypertension, cancer and diabetes. Palestinian refugees do not have access to Lebanon’s public health system. They mostly rely on primary health care in camp clinics, which are understaffed and underfunded. Families often resort to sharing prescriptions and medicines or abusing dosages because of misinformation or bad advice from family and friends.
ANERA has long maintained a robust in-kind program that delivers donated supplies of vital medicines to clinics and hospitals serving Palestinian refugees and marginalized communities in Lebanon. The program relies on strict quality control. It also includes classes and health-related activities to raise awareness about the rational use of medicine and training for health and social workers involved in dispensing medicines.
How It Works
Working with local partners, ANERA
- Holds awareness sessions for pharmacies and clinic dispensaries;
- Trains health and social workers how to educate patients on the proper use of medicines;
- Organizes health education festivals and other activities to spread the word about healthy life habits;
- Produces colorful health education materials to distribute in the refugee camps and neighboring communities.
Spreading Awareness About Using Medicines Rationally
Nadia Daloul, pharmacist and ANERA consultant: “Working with ANERA on this made me realize I am not alone. By joining forces, I can put my experience and knowledge to good use helping educate people about the rational use of the medicines we distribute.” Read more >>
Maysam, a nurse working with Lebanese rural communities in southern Lebanon: “We work with elderly people who depend on medications for chronic illnesses. They are often illiterate, so we need to focus on visual education, such as theater and drawings, in order to relay the message.” Read more >>