Poverty Makes Good Health Hard
In refugee camps and in poor communities in Palestine and Lebanon, families often have limited access to basic necessities for health and hygiene.
Families living on low wages, or none at all, can’t afford essential items like toothbrushes and soap.
In the crowded Syrian tent settlements of Lebanon, the average tent holds five to 20 people. Communicable diseases and parasites spread rapidly in these living conditions. That’s why it’s necessary to provide education and training on health care for refugees. Families deserve to have the knowledge required to keep as healthy as possible under challenging circumstances.
Many communities, such as those in impoverished neighborhoods of Gaza, lack access to clean water and sewage systems. Bathing and even washing hands can be a struggle. A lack of proper sewage systems leads to polluted public areas where infectious diseases thrive. But with training and education, communities can rein in the spread of germs and disease.
A Little Help Goes a Long Way
ANERA is promoting the message of good health through interactive, hands-on training sessions.
Together with people like you, we’re training health care professionals and community volunteers. We’re teaching healthy habits to children and administering programs that help parents identify symptoms and treatment options for various diseases. We’re also distributing generous donations of health care and hygiene items.
Proper health care for refugees is an integral part of ANERA’s work in Lebanon and Palestine. We address the topics that are most relevant to youth from refugee and host communities, like amphetamine abuse and lice infestation. Our health volunteers teach communities about the importance of rational use of medicine and screening for intestinal parasites. And where sewage and dirty water are issues, as in Gaza, ANERA organizes educational sessions on personal hygiene and water-borne diseases.
Together, we’re building healthy communities through public health education initiatives like summer camps, where children can play and also learn proper hygiene and healthy eating habits.