The Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem
Al Ahli Arab Hospital
The socio-economic situation in the Gaza strip has contributed toward an unemployment level of forty-one percent and an increased poverty rate of thirty-nine percent meaning that many people are unable to access basic necessities such as food and healthcare. There are, therefore, many underweight and malnourished children and families looking for affordable and free of charge services.
The Mission of the Al Ahli Arab Hospital is to glorify God and to bear witness to His love as manifested in the life of Jesus Christ. The hospital is doing this through the provision of high quality services under the most adverse circumstances to the marginalised and vulnerable poor people whose livelihoods are threatened by the effect of man-made disaster, with special attention given to the refugee and the poorest of the poor. The hospital offers the services in a spirit of love and compassion and is the only hospital in Gaza among the few medical facilities providing quality services, free of charge.
This Lenten Appeal project is to support the Al Ahli Arab Hospital in the provision of comprehensive services for underweight children in the Gaza Strip, Palestine. The overall aim is to control the prevalence of the malnutrition among underweight children so as to prevent further deterioration of their nutritional status through offering fortified high-energy food including biscuits, iron, vitamin D, and zinc. In addition, the treatment of coexisting infection and parisitic diseases will improve nutrient absorption and overall health status. The intended project will be carried out in a holistic approach where health and nutrition education, personal hygiene, food safety and environmental sanitation for mothers will be introduced. Furthermore, AAH will carry out pre and post-intervention nutritional assessment of children to clarify their nutritional status and to identify the impact of the project.
Malnourished, marginalized and underpriviliged children are first identified through coordination with partners throughout th Gaza strip and the children are treated for three months or until they reach a healthy weight. The treatment follows a comprehensive medical approach and includes measurements, completion of medical history and registration, physical examination, evaluation of nutritional status and other important tests, prescription of medication where needed, and of course the provision of fortified nutritional biscuits for nourishment and weight gain. Health and nutrition education will be provided to caregivers during their visits in order to help the medical team follow up and monitor the degree of nutritional practices with the child during home time using the child growth chart.
The majority of children are discharged in better weight and in good health. Help us to support this important work and improve the health status and opportunities for some of the most amrgilanized and vulnerable children.