In Palestine, restrictions on movement and imports, imposed by years of occupation, challenge the medical system to provide up-to-date care. Hospitals and clinics suffer chronic shortages of critical medicines to respond to their patients’ needs.
The blockade of Gaza since 2007 has also severely limited the import of critical humanitarian goods. Children and the elderly are most vulnerable to illness and chronic disease but often cannot get the medicines they need because of the shortage of supplies.
In Lebanon, Palestinian refugees and poor Lebanese communities face many challenges, from high unemployment and poor housing conditions to conflict, stress and inadequate health and education services. The situation worsened when the Syrian civil war began in 2011. Over a million desperate refugees flowed into Lebanon, where they found shelter in crowded Palestinian camps or tent camps in rural areas. Host and refugee families are in constant need of humanitarian aid and medicines.
Delivering What's Needed
The medical relief program started in 1970, when Anera merged with American Middle East Rehabilitation (AMER), an organization founded to send relief donations to the region.
In the early years, Anera delivered one or two shipments annually, valued in the tens of thousands of dollars. Today, Anera distributes millions of dollars worth of medicines for chronic conditions, hospital 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. Our deliveries support hospitals, clinics, schools, and community centers struggling to meet the needs of underprivileged families.
Decades of building relationships combined with intimate knowledge of international shipping logistics ensures that life-saving supplies are quickly put to use. Anera’s knowledgeable staff coordinate shipments through every step of the journey, so that no materials are wasted and partners receive what they really need – not what just happens to have available.
In 2019 alone, we delivered $30.8 million worth of medicines and medical supplies to health care facilities in Palestine and Lebanon. We also delivered relief items like hygiene kits, school kits, quilts and shoes.
How It Works
Get the Right Medicines
Circulate needs lists to medical supply donors and select proposed donations appropriately.
Send donations by sea or air, expediting port and customs clearances.
Conduct inventory of shipment at Anera warehouse and distribute to local health facilities.
Do follow-up visits with health facilities for quality control and gathering new needs lists.