Please plan to join us at our annual gathering of old and new friends on October 17, 2014 in Washington, DC. This year, we are raising funds to open doors for women through education, health and development programs.

ANERA’s 2014 Annual Dinner Honorees

October 21st, 2014 by ANERA

At this year’s Annual Dinner, ANERA was proud to honor both individuals and foundations whose contributions enable us do what we do best — help Palestinians build a better future. ANERA recognized Reach Out To Asia, the Ajram Family Foundation, and Hope Cobb and a group of ANERA donors who organized the funding that launched the 20-year-old Gaza Women’s Loan Fund.

 

The Ajram Family Foundation

Gaby, Genny and Stacey Ajram established the Foundation to alleviate poverty through improvements in health and education. Their profound generosity allowed ANERA to expand relief aid for Gaza and refugees from Syria in Lebanon. They also have a commitment to long-term development, especially projects that create educational opportunities for Palestinian children.

Hope Cobb and Gaza Women’s Loan Fund donors

Twenty years ago, Hope Cobb led a group of ANERA supporters in a campaign to capitalize the Gaza Women’s Loan Fund, a joint initiative with a community-based organization in Gaza. The Fund has provided loans totaling more than $7 million to nearly 6,000 women with a repayment rate of more than 95%.

Reach Out To Asia (ROTA)

ROTA, part of the Qatar Foundation, helps communities in the Middle East and Asia improve children’s access to high quality basic education and empower their youth to become leaders in society. ROTA has partnered with ANERA since 2010 to provide impoverished Palestinian youth with technical and vocational skills needed to gain employment.

 

The 2014 bombing destroyed many homes and farmland n Gaza. But it also damaged or destroyed several preschools and other education facilities. For some, it was not the first time.

ANERA’s Gaza team moved fast to repair preschools to help accommodate displaced children.

In the 2009 bombings, the staff at the Tufulah Hadeetha preschool in Zaytoon area of Gaza City had to leave the area and rent another building in order to welcome back their students after the bombings stopped. The building had been damaged almost beyond repair.

A Temporary School Becomes More Permanent

The staff transferred what was left of the playgrounds equipment to the new location, which was relatively safe but not better as far as infrastructure. The paint was peeling off the walls, the roof was made of palm trees leaves and the bathrooms and water fountains were not up to standard either. “The walls were real and the fence was not safe, children were deprived from playing outside and remain cramped in the classrooms. No one could deny that playgrounds are the essence of any preschool,” explained head teacher Abeer Abed El E Wahed.

Photo before and after renovations of Gaza preschool bathroom.

Photo before and after renovations of Gaza preschool bathroom.

Then Abeer learned that the 2014 bombings had destroyed the original preschool facility so there was no going back. And yet, the conditions at the new location were deplorable. The school had been on ANERA’s list for repair work before the war started. During its damage assessments after the 2014 war ended, ANERA staff heard about the deteriorated conditions and the early childhood development team took action, putting the preschool on the priority list for renovation, which included painting the classrooms, building new toilets and water fountains, a playground shed and a protective fence.

Now Abeer stands at the newly painted gate to welcome the preschoolers. Her cheerful yet thoughtful manner, she says, was developed by growing up in a family that was oriented toward children, and her experience watching her mother run a preschool n Egypt gives her a unique personality.

Abeer misses the old preschool that was destroyed in the war. She says It was smaller but it was closer to the children’s homes. But she is delighted to see the renovations have brightened the ambiance at their ‘new’ school.

School Playground is Safe Haven for Children Traumatized by War

Gaza preschool gets leaky straw shade replaced by ANERA after Gaza war 2014

Gaza preschool gets leaky straw shade replaced by ANERA after Gaza war 2014

The preschool teachers  also are delighted with the renovated playground that offers a safe place for Gaza’s children who have been seriously affected by the war. “When we returned to school, we checked on our children and when we heard their stories, we decided to dedicate the first two weeks to giving them support and letting them have fun in the playground,” said head teacher Abeer.

Preschooler Maise says her favorite place in the new playground is the slide. “We also decorated the walls with photographs of our graduates and our activities to add some color and memories of better times, “said Abeer.

Humanitarian reports estimate that more than 373,000 children need psychosocial support after the intensive bombings that lasted 51 days. At Al Tofulah Al Hadeetha, Abeer sees many children with post-traumatic stress, including bed wetting, nightmares and clinging to parents.

When the bombings erupted, Osama and Yazan fled their home with their parents, older brothers and grandmother, and ended up sheltering at a local society. They both love their preschool, which now accommodates 85 children. Abeer says the parents tell her the kids count the minutes until the bus arrives to pick them up in the morning.

“They start their day full of energy and joy. This all what a preschool is about.”

Gaza preschoolers in their newly renovated school after Gaza war 2014

Gaza preschoolers in their newly renovated school after Gaza war 2014

 

During the 51 days of bombings, Al Shifa hospital, like other health facilities in Gaza, faced enormous challenges when trying to provide emergency care for the injured. The hospital became an overcrowded refuge as well for patients too afraid of leaving the building to return to shelters with limited resources or their destroyed homes.

ANERA’s in-kind program regularly supplies Gaza health clinics and hospitals with vital medicines for emergency and chronic cases.

Dr. Nael Skaik, who heads Al Shifa’s central pharmacy, was well aware of the need for cleanliness and for medicines to treat post-op patients. “Maintaining a certain degree of cleanliness for wound healing and infection control is a must but it was extremely hard to keep high standards under emergency circumstances.” With entire families being hospitalized for injuries, patient care was further complicated as family members often provide the patient with supportive care and comfort when doctors are unavailable.

Dr. Skaik said chronic shortages of medicines also impeded the hospital’s ability to care for so many patients even after the war ended, “We were already lacking basic medicines and now our medicine supplies are depleted again after dealing with three wars in five years.”

A number of health clinics and hospitals were either damaged or closed during the war so many more cases were referred to Al Shifa for treatment, putting more pressure on the already-stressed facility. “We found ourselves dealing with 12,000+ patients and we used up the quantity of medicine we would normally consume over the course of three months in a matter of weeks,” Dr. Shaik continued. “The hospital had to stop all elective surgeries and prepare an inventory of out of stock items.” He says the list added up to 510 stock-out items, 30% of them priority medicines.”

ANERA in-kind staff delivers medicines for burn victims to Gaza hospital.

ANERA in-kind staff delivers medicines for burn victims to Gaza hospital.

Al Shifa reported a critical shortage of the life-saving, broad spectrum antibiotic Ceftriaxone, which is used to treat critical injuries. ANERA responded quickly to replenish the supply, procuring 23,000 vials from the West-Bank and getting the shipment into Gaza rapidly. The purchase was made possible with UK AID funding through International Health Partners.

“Under normal circumstances, patients need 10-20 vials twice a day for 20 to 30 days.  During the war the number of patients increased so much, the need for medicine increased dramatically” explains Dr. Skaik. “We opened our overburdened obstetrics department and our unfinished surgery building to accommodate the huge influx of patients.”

In the burn unit, 13-year-old Ahmed Fhaid quietly lay in his bed with a board game to keep him busy, a gift from his older sister. “The little boy sustained burns in his left leg while he and his father were trying to escape an explosion,” explains Dr. Skaik. “They were biking through the market to get feed for their pigeons when the bomb exploded.”

After the surgery, the boy was admitted the burn unit where he was given Ceftriaxone antibiotic vials to prevent contamination or inflammation.

The burn unit remains crowded with patients like Ahmed. His mother says all he wants to do is join his classmates who are returning to school. “He misses his friends.” 

Clearly marked ANERA vehicles during the war in Gaza.

Crisis in Gaza 2014, ANERA Response Log

October 2nd, 2014 by ANERA

Thanks to a dedicated and generous community of donors, ANERA’s Gaza staff was able to respond immediately to the bombings in Gaza. 

ANERA is one of the few international organizations that consistently gets health care and humanitarian relief supplies into Gaza. Since our Gaza office opened in 1984, ANERA has built or renovated infrastructure, linked homes to drinkable water sources, provided jobs, and delivered medicines to hospitals. Our networks are extensive and our staff is deeply committed to helping their fellow Palestinians in Gaza.

This log will be updated regularly provide an ongoing report back to donors on the ways ANERA is responding during this current crisis. 

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November 7-14, 2014 |Weekly summary

Provided 12,684,000 liters of tankered potable water to UN shelters and Al Mosadar and Abassan areas.  

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November 3-7, 2014 |Weekly summary

Distributed a shipment of assorted valuable medicine  to 18 hospitals and clinics across Gaza.

Delivered a shipment of Cerezyme & Myozyme to Al-Shifa hospital.

So far a total of nearly 11,000,000 liters of water tankered into Gaza.

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October 3-12, 2014 |Weekly summary

Staff had their first break since the war began. They stayed home for the Eid and spent time with their families.

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September 26-October 2, 2014 |Weekly summary

$7,000,000: total so far of what ANERA has spent on relief and development programming in Gaza since the beginning of the war.

Identified a vendor for the clothing and shoe vouchers for women and children from the Shejaeya and Zaytoon neighborhoods. The distribution is planned for the week after Eid, mid-October.

Five tanker trucks delivered 605,000 liters of drinking water to 87 communal water tanks throughout Khan Younis, Jabalia, El-Bureij, El-Maghazi, the Middle Area, Zahra, Shejaeya and Zaytoon.

Provided 61,300 liters (total provided so far: 369,000 liters) of fuel to water desalination, wastewater treatment plants, water wells and pumping stations from the far north to the far south of Gaza.

Renovated the Al Tofulah Al Hadeetha Preschool in the Zaytoon area, giving traumatized preschoolers a happy, safe haven to spend their days.

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September 12-18, 2014 |Weekly summary

Delivered 13,970 vials of the antibiotic Ceftriaxone to Al Shifa Hospital, Gaza’s biggest surgical facility. This expensive, scarce medicine was purchased in the West Bank.

Five tanker trucks delivered, cumulatively over 21 days, 12,976,000 liters of drinking water to 87 communal water tanks throughout Khan Younis, Jabalia, El-Bureij, El-Maghazi, the Middle Area, Zahra, Shejaeya and Zaytoon.

Received in the warehouse an IHP-funded shipment, valued at $414,940, containing a variety of medicines for chronic conditions such as high blood pressure and allergies.

Delivered 255,700 liters of fuel to water desalination, wastewater treatment plants, water wells and pumping stations from the far north to the far south of Gaza.

NOTE: ANERA Gaza education, health and agriculture teams continue to conduct post-war damage assessments of ANERA-supported facilities to determine the scope of the damage, the capacity to respond with materials available within Gaza, and longer-term rebuilding plans based on the availability of materials from outside of Gaza.

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September 5-11, 2014 |Weekly summary

ANERA Gaza education, health and agriculture teams are conducting post-war damage assessments of ANERA-supported facilities to determine the scope of the damage, the capacity to respond with materials available within Gaza, and longer-term rebuilding plans based on the availability of materials from outside of Gaza.

Distributed $548,000 worth of donated children’s antibiotics, allergy medicines and other medical supplies to 16 health facilities.

Received at our Gaza warehouse 13,970 vials of the antibiotic Ceftriaxone. This expensive, scarce medicine was purchased in the West Bank. 

Five tanker trucks delivered, cumulatively, 9,807,000 liters of drinking water to 87 communal water tanks throughout Khan Younis, Jabalia, El-Bureij, El-Maghazi, the Middle Area, Zahra, Shejaeya and Zaytoon.

Delivered 115,700 liters of fuel to water desalination, wastewater treatment plants, water wells and pumping stations from the far north to the far south of Gaza.

Distributed 1,757 hygiene kits to displaced families at UN shelters in Gaza City, Kahn Younis, Rafah, and Middle Area.

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August 29-September 4, 2014 |Weekly summary

Distributed food parcels to 500 displaced families. With funds from individual donors, ANERA has provided a total of 2,111 families with food parcels.

Five tanker trucks delivered 9,073,000 liters of drinking water to 87 communal water tanks throughout Khan Younis, Jabalia, El-Bureij, El-Maghazi, the Middle Area, and Zahra. This includes an additional 37 water tanks ANERA set up in the Shejaeya and Zaytoon areas.

With USAID funds, delivered 115,700 liters of fuel to water desalination, wastewater treatment plants, water wells and pumping stations from the far north to the far south of Gaza.

ANERA’s early childhood development team has been systematically doing damage assessments at more than 150 preschools across Gaza to plan for rehabilitation as soon as possible. Their findings so far show that approximately 60% of schools have sustained damage, some of which is severe. Schools are due to go back into session in mid-September.

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August 10-28, 2014 |Weekly summary

Five tanker trucks delivered 5,571,000 liters of drinkable water to 50 communal water tanks throughout Khan Younis, Jabalia, El-Bureij, El-Maghazi, the middle area, Zahra, Gaza City and Zaytoon.

Delivered 62,900 liters of fuel to desalination and wastewater treatment plants across all of Gaza, benefiting over a million people.

With USAID funds, cumulatively, ANERA has delivered 429,732 liters of bottled water, 19,484 hygiene kits, and 13,680 liters of liquid soap to 40 UN shelters in Gaza City, Beit Lahia and Jabalia.

A Gaza family sheltering at a UN school gets hygiene kits and water.

A Gaza family sheltering at a UN school gets hygiene kits and water.

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August 9-21, 2014 |Weekly summary

Distributed food parcels to 1,250 displaced families.

Distributed dignity kits to 1,500 displaced women in coordination with five local partners.

Provided 7,000 liters of fuel to the Deir Al Balah water desalination plant, enough to keep it running for a week.

Five tanker trucks delivered 2,702,000 liters of drinkable water to 50 communal water tanks throughout Khan Younis, Jabalia, El-Bureij, El-Maghazi, the middle area, Zahra, and Gaza City.

Delivered 139,104 liters of bottled water and 2,240 hygiene kits to more than 4,000 displaced families in 13 UN shelters located in Jabalia, Beit Lahia and Gaza City.

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August 20, 2014 |Deliveries made despite resumption of hostilities

In the past 24 hours ANERA brought three trucks into Gaza and distributed 13,440 bottles of water, 1,065 hygiene kits, and 720 containers of liquid soap (USAID-funded) to families in two UN shelters. ANERA staff members coordinate and accompany these shipments on a daily basis to ensure they safely get to where they are most needed.

ANERA staff members Sami Mater and Mohammad Ghossein deliver much-needed bottles of water to UN schools where Gaza families are sheltering.

ANERA staff members Sami Mater and Mohammad Ghossein deliver bottles of water to UN shelters for displaced Gaza families.

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August 8-14, 2014 |Weekly summary

Distributed 244,260 liters of water, 8,312 hygiene kits, and 6,480 liters of liquid soap to 12,506 displaced families in 32 UN shelters.

Purchased $100,000 worth of antibiotics, anesthetics and anti-coagulants in the West Bank and delivered them to Al Shifa Hospital in Gaza City.

Set up 50 large water tanks in central locations across Khan Younis, Jabalia, El Maghazi and El Bureij. Throughout the week, ANERA sent over a million liters of water to continually refill the tanks. This is daily and ongoing.

Provided fuel to the Deir Al Balah water desalination plant to maintain power at the facility during this time of critically short water supplies. ANERA has pledged to provide them with enough fuel to keep the plant running for two weeks.

Boys fill up water jugs in Khan Younis, where ANERA set up and continually refills 20 communal water tanks, each with a capacity of 2,400 liters (634 gallons).

Boys fill up water jugs in Khan Younis, where ANERA set up and continually refills 20 communal water tanks, each with a capacity of 2,400 liters (634 gallons).

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August 5, 2014 |Food parcels, hygiene kits and water distributed

Today was the first time in nearly a month that all 16 of ANERA’s Gaza staff was able to go out and work safely. These are just a few of the things they accomplished:

  • 1,600 displaced families in Beit Lahia and Gaza City received parcels with ready-to-eat foods
  • 100,000-liter water tanker sent to Abassan to fill 10 tanks accessible to families in this hard-hit area of Khan Younis
  • 1 truck of bottled water brought in from Jerusalam and distributed 840 displaced families at three UNRWA schools
  • 2 trucks of hygiene kits brought in from Jerusalem and distributed to 9,600 displaced families at UNRWA schools

### NOTE: ANERA’s response log will be updated on a weekly basis. Next update will be August 14. ###

Packing up hygiene kits filled with soap, toothbrushes, towels and other personal hygiene items.

Packing up hygiene kits filled with soap, toothbrushes, towels and other personal hygiene items for displaced families in Gaza. These items were purchased and packed in the West Bank.

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August 4, 2014 |Food parcels and water distributed

ANERA distributed food parcels to 1,000 displaced families taking refuge at a Gaza church and a nearby school. The parcels include water and are filled with ready-to-eat items like hummus, meats, cheeses and tuna fish. These three delivery locations are not served by the UN and the needs are great.

ANERA also brought in from Jerusalem two trucks of water and two trucks of hygiene kits, each containing soap, toothbrushes and other personal hygiene supplies. The items, purchased with USAID funds, were delivered to 1680 displaced families sheltering at 3 UN schools in Gaza City.

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August 3, 2014 |Hospitals pick up medicines, water is delivered to displaced families

Three hospitals came to the ANERA warehouse in Gaza City today to pick up antibiotics, painkillers and surgical supplies donated by AmeriCares. With the influx of wounded, most health care facilities have depleted their supplies of these vital items. ANERA is currently working to clear another shipment of antibiotics, penicillin, and syringes into Gaza.

A third truck of bottled water from Jerusalem was delivered to 840 displaced families at UN shelters in Gaza City.

A young boy enjoys some water that ANERA just delivered to the school where he and his family have been taking refuge.

A young boy enjoys some water that ANERA just delivered to the school where he and his family have been taking refuge.

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August 2, 2014 |Trucks with water arrive at shelters in Gaza

The first 2 of 35 trucks loaded with water bottles, purchased with USAID funds, have made it into Gaza. ANERA immediately delivered the water to 1,680 displaced families at eight UN schools. Every truck that gets into Gaza is an accomplishment — the result of many hours of behind-the-scenes vetting of vendors, arranging logistics, determining the best shipping route within Gaza, and coordinating with the UN for safe passage. 

In Jerusalem, ANERA loaded two trucks with enough water for more than 1,600 displaced families in Gaza.

In Jerusalem, ANERA loaded two trucks with enough water for more than 1,600 displaced families in Gaza.

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July 30-31 & August 1, 2014 |Water and hygiene kits procured 

Using USAID funds, ANERA has purchased enough drinking water and hygiene kits for approximately 70,000 displaced people in UN shelters. The kits contain soap, toothbrushes and other personal hygiene items. This shipment is being sent from the West Bank and will be delivered in the coming days to the many families in Gaza who left their homes with nothing. They will bring a small, yet very important comfort to people who have lost everything. More of these distributions are planned for the coming days.

With intensified shelling in Gaza City, ANERA staff of 16 cannot safely travel. They remain in their homes.

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July 29, 2014 |Dignity kits for women 

ANERA is currently purchasing supplies for dignity kits to be distributed to 700 women displaced from their homes. The items, which come from local Gaza wholesalers, will be distributed in the coming days in coodination with local community organizations. The kits contain an abaya (robe), hijab (head scarf), flip-flops, underwear, hand wipes, sanitary napkins, a hand towel, and an assortment of toiletries.

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July 27-28, 2014 |Streets unsafe 

Staff stayed indoors, as streets are unsafe for travel. In the meantime, they are coordinating procurement of more relief items, like dignity kits for women and food parcels, and deliveries of medicines to health care facilities.

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July 26, 2014 |Antibiotics shipment gets through crossing into Gaza

ANERA got a shipment of 24,366 vials of the antibiotic Ceftriaxon through the Karem Shalom crossing today. The medicine was purchased in the West Bank with funds from ANERA donors. ANERA staff took advantage of the 12-hour ceasefire and immediately delivered the life-saving medicine to Gaza’s largest hospital.

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July 25, 2014 |More food parcels purchased

With money that was donated over the past week, ANERA’s staff in Gaza has been able to purchase 2,000 food parcels, containing:

  • Hummus
  • Foul
  • Two types of cheese
  • A variety of meats
  • Jam
  • Halva
  • Date syrup
  • Tuna fish
  • Bottled water

Over the next two days, we will be distributing these parcels in Gaza City in locations where displaced families have been taking refuge.

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July 24, 2014 |New shipment cleared at port

A big shipment of medicines and medical supplies has just cleared through the border thanks to ANERA’s West Bank team. This AmeriCares donation of antibiotics, penicillin, and syringes is valued at over $500,000. Clearing a shipment of this size during this difficult time is an important achievement. All the difficult logistical work done by our Gaza warehouse staff means we will have the space and capacity to receive and distribute this new shipment and more thereafter. 

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July 23, 2014 |Antibiotics delivered to hospital

ANERA delivered 5,500 vials of life-saving antibiotics to Gaza’s largest surgical hospital. Staff in ANERA’s Gaza warehouse continue to organize and prepare a very large shipment of medicines and medical supplies for delivery to various hospitals and medical facilities.

ANERA's Gaza pharmacist and warehouse manager, Mostafa Al Ghosain, delivers 5,500 vials of life-saving antibiotics to Gaza's largest surgical hospital.

Mostafa Al Ghosain delivers life-saving antibiotics to Gaza’s largest surgical hospital.

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July 22, 2014 |Staff working at warehouse

Despite very dangerous conditions, ANERA staff went to our Gaza City warehouse today and began readying cases of medicines and medical supplies for distribution to hospitals. Coordination also began on delivering thousands of vials of Ceftriaxone (an antibiotic in extremely short supply) to Gaza’s largest hospital. Unfortunately, the delivery has been delayed until tomorrow – the teams that ANERA usually works with to distribute medicines are either overwhelmed or can’t risk the danger of going out on to the streets.

A Gaza father signs up for ANERA's emergency food parcels during Gaza war.

A Gaza father signs up for ANERA’s emergency food parcels during Gaza war.

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July 21, 2014 |Food parcels going to the south

Gaza staff dispatched food parcels for 500 families in the Khan Younis and Rafah areas. ANERA used recent donations to purchase the desperately needed parcels at the end of last week. 

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July 19-20, 2014 |With streets unsafe for any travel, staff remain in their homes

Staff were asked to stay indoors as streets remain unsafe during the ground invasion. There are 500 boxes of food and 600 boxes of medicines and medical supplies in our Gaza warehouse ready for immediate distribution as soon as conditions allow it. So far the “humanitarian pauses” in violence have been too short to carry out any form of delivery.

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Friday, July 18, 2014 |ANERA staff have been asked to stay home

A number of our Gaza staff were intent on going to the ANERA warehouse to continue preparing 600 boxes of medicines and medical supplies for distribution. However, because of increased danger from the recent ground invasion, they were asked to stay off the streets today.

ANERA has 600 boxes of medicines and medical supplies in our Gaza warehouse ready for distribution as soon as conditions allow it.

ANERA has 600 boxes of medicines and medical supplies in our Gaza warehouse ready for distribution as soon as conditions allow it.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014 |Antibiotics receive Ministry of Health approval

ANERA got immediate approval from the Ministry of Health in Ramallah to purchase 29,866 vials of Ceftrixone from the West Bank for delivery into Gaza. This is a life-saving antibiotic used during emergency surgeries that is virtually unavailable in Gaza. Staff in Gaza, who have not taken a break since the bombing began, took advantage of the 6-hour ceasefire to rest and buy supplies for their families. 

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014 |Purchasing antibiotics, food parcels and hygiene kits

Donations in recent days have allowed ANERA to make an immediate purchase of antibiotics, food parcels and hygiene kits. Our West Bank staff are coordinating the procurement of these items. We also have a large AmeriCares shipment (valued at $545,000) of medicines and surgical supplies that has been cleared and is ready to enter Gaza. In the meantime, our Gaza staff continues to coordinate distribution of medicines already in our Gaza City warehouse.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014 |Preparing for another large distribution of medical supplies

ANERA staff is hard at work in our Gaza warehouse preparing and organizing a large quantity of donated health care supplies and medicines for distribution to hospitals throughout Gaza. Most hospitals have dangerously low stocks of antibiotics and painkillers, which account for a large portion of these supplies.

An ANERA warehouse staff member in Gaza moves one of many pallets of health care supplies and medicines.

An ANERA warehouse staff member moves one of many pallets of health care supplies and medicines, donated by AmeriCares.

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Monday, July 14, 2014 | Medicines to Gaza’s largest hospital, food parcel distribution complete

ANERA provided Gaza’s biggest hospital with a large quantity of medicines and medical supplies. Hospital staff tell us that their most urgently needed medicines are antibiotics for post surgery treatment – thankfully antibiotics are part of our next distribution which is being prepared and organized in our Gaza warehouse today. At this point all Ramadan food parcels have been distributed to families throughout Gaza.

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Sunday, July 13, 2014 | Large shipment of medicines and medical supplies received in warehouse

Braving very dangerous conditions, ANERA’s staff received in our Gaza City warehouse a large shipment of emergency health care supplies including gauze, syringes, surgical gloves, sutures, bandages and medicines. Donated by AmeriCares and valued at $1,394,000, the supplies are quickly being readied for distribution to hospitals with dangerously depleted stocks.

With funding from the Zakat Foundation, ANERA provided food parcels to hundreds of families in Gaza City.

One father picks up a parcel of food from ANERA filled with necessities like cooking oil, beans and pasta.

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Saturday, July 12, 2014 | Ramadan food parcels distributed

From ANERA’s Gaza office director, Nahed Al-Wehaidi: “I have just arrived home safely after having given out all the food parcels to our local partners in Deir Balah, Gaza city, and Beit Lahia. Our Deir Balah partner started the distribution to families as soon as I arrived, as the situation is getting worst there in terms of safety/security. The other 2 partners will start the distribution tomorrow.”

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Friday, July 11, 2014 | Preparing Ramadan food parcels

Hundreds of Ramadan food parcels are being prepared by ANERA staff in Gaza. Each package contains a variety of essentials like tahini, tuna, sugar, tea, macaroni, lentils and other beans, tomato paste, rice, juice, cheese, and cooking oil. All of the food was purchased locally. Distribution is set to begin tomorrow after a delay due to the current violence.

Ambulance at ANERA’s Gaza City warehouseloads up with medicines such as antibiotics and painkillers for treating the huge influx of wounded people.

Ambulance picking up medicines at ANERA’s Gaza city warehouse.

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Thursday, July 10, 2014 | Distribution of urgent medicines

Ambulances arrived at ANERA’s warehouse on Thursday and were loaded with urgently needed medicines such as antibiotics and painkillers for treating the huge influx of wounded people. The medicines, donated by Direct Relief and valued at $1,444,000, were delivered to 6 hospitals and clinics around Gaza. This is one of the first deliveries of medicines to health care facilities in Gaza during the current crisis.  

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Husband and wife in a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon. The husband relies on heart medicine ANERA delivers to a nearby charitable clinic.

[VIDEO] Love Stories for World Heart Day 2014

September 29th, 2014 by ANERA

According to the World Heart Federation, heart disease and strokes are the world’s leading cause of death, killing 17.1 million people every year. That is more than cancer, HIV and AIDS and malaria.

In honor of World Heart Day, ANERA features the story of two couples in Lebanon in love. The husbands both take heart medicine that ANERA delivers to clinics across Lebanon.

Heart Medicine Helps Families in Lebanon Cope with Chronic Disease

Every year, ANERA distributes 12+ shipments from AmeriCares containing chronic disease medications, like those that treat heart conditions.