Basic Healthcare is Hard to Access
Poverty and inadequate facilities are just two of the factors that prevent refugees and families in Palestine, Lebanon and Jordan from accessing basic healthcare.
In times of crisis, such as bombings of Gaza and Lebanon’s on-going economic and political collapse, adequate healthcare is even more inaccessible. Communities lose out on healthcare when there are no hospitals or clinics, when medicines are prohibitively expensive and when they are not prepared or educated to care for themselves under harsh living conditions.
Overcrowded, impoverished 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 healthcare accessible to refugees and families in Palestine, Lebanon and Jordan using a multifaceted approach.
We construct and rehabilitate hospitals and clinics, ensuring the physical capacity for healthcare in vulnerable communities. One of our major interventions is the installation of solar panels on health facilities in Lebanon and Gaza. The solar panels make use of an abundant resource – the sun – to ensure operations continue during frequent power outages. They also save money on electricity and fuel.
In Gaza, we are installing reverse osmosis desalinization systems on health facilities, so that medical machinery runs better and patients have access to safe, clean water at the tap.
Our medical donations program makes medicines available for free to families who 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 health awareness sessions are a cornerstone of our health programs.
Chronic disease medicines are essential for many in Lebanon. Unfortunately, medicine and especially chronic disease medicines are widely unavailable in Lebanon due to the ongoing economic and political crises.