World Health Day 2019

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The Princess Bride (1987)

The Princess Bride (1987)

Good health is a critical foundation of any society. But in poor communities in Palestine and Lebanon, families have trouble accessing quality health care. Crumbling buildings, outdated equipment and a shortage of doctors and medicines diminish the standard of care that hospitals and clinics can provide. And restrictions on movement cause patients to rely on small, local clinics with the fewest resources.

Thanks to supporters from all over the world, Anera is able to rebuild, upgrade and improve conditions in hospitals and clinics in Palestine and Lebanon. We distribute millions of dollars worth of vital medicines, equipment, wheelchairs, over-the-counter drugs and health care supplies that would not otherwise be available in the communities where they are needed the most.

Together with people just like you, we’re training families and health care professionals in their communities. We’re teaching healthy habits to children and administering programs that help parents identify symptoms and treatment options for various diseases. Together, we’re building healthy communities through public health education initiatives like summer camps, sports programs and clinic open days.

He who has health has
hope; and he who has
hope has everything.
–Arabic proverb

Anera’s Programs in Palestine and Lebanon benefit people’s health by…

1. Creating sports programs and facilities

so youth have an outlet for relieving stress and connecting with others through teamwork and other healthy activities.

These children in Shatila refugee camp in Lebanon are participating in Anera's "Life-skills Through Sports" program which is in partnership with Inter Campus, the Corporate Social Responsibility program of Inter Milan.

These children in Shatila refugee camp in Lebanon are participating in Anera’s “Life-skills Through Sports” program which is in partnership with Inter Campus, the Corporate Social Responsibility program of Inter Milan.

2. Improving conditions at hospitals and clinics

so patients feel secure in knowing they are in a clean and safe environment that will help them get better.

The nurses’ station at Beit Jala hospital, after Anera’s total renovation of the facility.

The nurses’ station at Beit Jala hospital, after Anera’s total renovation of the facility.

3. Equipping health facilities

from hospitals to blood banks, with state-of-the-art equipment, so doctors can feel confident that they have the tools necessary to provide the best care.

Rami, a young man who requires weekly dialysis, getting his treatment at Al-Shifa Hospital using one of the newly donated machines.

4. Distributing relief

like food, water, blankets, hygiene items, clothes and emergency lights during crises, so families who are suffering can have some comfort and stave off illness.

Anera staff and volunteers distribute hygiene kits to camp residents

Anera staff and volunteers distribute hygiene kits to camp residents

5. Increasing awareness

of how good health and nutrition impacts a child’s cognitive and physical development, so preschool teachers and caregivers can provide the best care.

Anera public health education classes in Beit Hanoun, Gaza.

Anera public health education classes in Beit Hanoun, Gaza.

6. Promoting the rational use of medicine

so families don’t over or incorrectly consume antibiotics, painkillers or other drugs that that can have negative effects on health.

Public health educators use posters to describe the rational use of medicines in dealing with illness

Public health educators use posters to describe the rational use of medicines in dealing with illness.

7. Detecting and treating parasite infections

so mothers and other caretakers have the tools and knowledge to fight sickness in their families.

Kids have fun getting their faces painted at Anera's health education fair in Burj El Burajneh camp, Lebanon.

Kids have fun getting their faces painted at Anera’s health education fair in Burj El Burajneh camp, Lebanon.

8. Providing dental health care and education

so refugee children can get the care they need for their teeth.

Dalaa undergoes dental treatment at a health care center in Lebanon.

Dalaa undergoes dental treatment at a health care center in Lebanon as part of Anera’s Pearl Beads dental program for refugees.

9. Delivering medicines to hospitals and clinics

so disadvantaged families can get, free of charge, life-saving treatment for chronic and short-term diseases.

Living with financial constraints, Yusra can lean on the Hebron Charitable Medical Center for medical help. Anera supplies the Hebron Charitable Medical Center with 70% of its medicines, free of charge.

Living with financial constraints, Yusra can lean on the Hebron Charitable Medical Center for medical help. Anera supplies the Hebron Charitable Medical Center with 70% of its medicines, free of charge.

10. Building the capacity of preschool teachers

to address psychosocial needs, so they can improve the lives of traumatized children, inside and outside the classroom.

Basima is a graduate of Anera's teacher training program in Gaza.

Basima is a graduate of Anera’s teacher training program in Gaza.

11. Connecting homes to water and sewage networks

so families have access to drinking water and streets aren’t polluted with waste that gets people sick.

Rasmiya can now enjoy access to clean water in her own home after Anera rehabilitated the Abassan water well in Beit Lahia, Gaza.

Rasmiya can now enjoy access to clean water in her own home after Anera rehabilitated the Abassan water well in Beit Lahia, Gaza.

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