DSPR has a long history of offering needed medical and health care to refugee communities in Gaza and Jordan. With five clinics (three in Gaza and two in Jordan) we annually reach out to over one hundred thousand beneficiaries, many of whom are expecting mothers, babies, infants and children. We conduct free medical days in Jordan; offer subsidized dental care in Gaza with our mobile dental clinic; follow up on anaemic and malnourished children in Gaza and provide dermatology services. We pride ourselves on an excellent rate of recovery for children with anaemia and other developmental problems. Hundreds of new patients, mostly expecting mothers, register annually in our automated clinics. With the quality services they receive, they become advocates for DSPR health services in their communities inviting their neighbors to make use of the offered medical services.

Given the distressing conditions of life, DSPR has embarked, with the partnerships and Forums of ACT Alliance on a Psychosocial support program in Jordan, Gaza and Lebanon which reaches out to close to ten thousand children and adults with assessments, group work and individual counselling. The impact of the Psychosocial interventions has been noted in less depression and better outreach to others in the community in a majority of participants. Part of DSPR health services is the organizing of Health Education Sessions which cover a wide range of topics from hygiene at home to healthy environments. Follow-up visits are undertaken by DSPR staff to offer support for health-promoting practices at home.

For Example the Psychological help for Fatima
The mother of little Fatima Ar‘eer lives with her five children in a caravan in Al-Shejaiya Gaza near the border with Israel. Her house used to be there and she lived there with her husband, but this was burned down by a mortar shell after the war of 2014 and the wife did not want to live there anymore. Oppression and pain, summer heat and winter cold, fear and panic about injuries and death have determined her life since the shelling.

Her daughter Fatima has bad grades at school and for the most trivial reasons she has rage attacks against her brothers. Therefore Fatima‘s mother used the NECCCRW DSPR Gaza Psychological Service. There Fatima was integrated into the psychosocial support programme and the mother also received instructions on how to deal well with Fatima and how to behave in emergency situations. She was happy when after some time Fatima‘s school performance improved and her behaviour changed. Fatima‘s mother is sick herself, has heart problems and is heartily grateful for the support, the school bags she received and the fact that joy and light have returned to her life and that of her children.

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