Basic Health Care is Elusive
Poverty and inadequate health care facilities are just two of the factors that prevent refugees and families in Palestine and Lebanon from accessing basic health care.
In times of crisis, such as the most recent war in Gaza and violence in Lebanon’s refugee camps, health care is even more inaccessible—when it is needed most. Communities skimp on health care when there are no hospitals or clinics, when medicines are prohibitively expensive, and when they are not prepared and educated to care for themselves under harsh living conditions.
Poor, polluted communities without sanitation facilities are breeding grounds for parasites, infections and communicable diseases. Some of these health issues can develop into more serious conditions, like malnutrition and liver and intestinal damage.
Treatment and Awareness
Anera makes health care accessible to refugees and families in Palestine and Lebanon using a multifaceted approach.
We construct and rehabilitate hospitals and clinics, ensuring the physical capacity for health care in poor communities. Our in-kind medical aid program delivers medicines for free to families that cannot afford them. At times, these donated medicines offer life-saving treatment for chronic diseases. Anera also recognizes that the key to sustainably healthy communities is proper health education, so awareness sessions are a cornerstone of our health projects.
We fought parasites in Gaza by conducting tests, treatment and awareness sessions free-of-charge. Our awareness outreach targeted mothers to train them on detecting and treating parasite infections. Now over 300 Gaza mothers have the tools and knowledge to fight sickness in their families. Patients we helped to diagnose were referred to clinics for further treatment.
In the Syrian refugee camps of Lebanon, we provided dental health care and education. Children were given free dental screenings and treatment. They also learned how to care for their teeth using props and an interactive, entertaining performance bringing healthy smiles to their faces.