With 80 per cent of the population relying on international assistance, a Well Baby Clinic is a life-saver for the children of Gaza.
One of Embrace the Middle East’s partners, the clinic supports children up to the age of four offering them free check-ups and providing their parents with education about health and nutrition.
The blockade of Gaza means the supply of medication is intermittent and often runs out. The mother of one young child, Aida*, admits the consistency of the clinic is a relief. After her first birthday, Aida began to lose weight and her energy levels dropped.
‘Before treatment at the clinic, my child was always sick, her face was pale yellow and she refused food,’ said her mother. ‘I was ignorant about quality of different food. The nurse told me to feed my children food rich in iron.’
Aida is healthy now thanks to the Well Baby Clinic but the lack of availability of quality foods and sanitation means there are many other children who are suffering from poor health. In the first six months of 2019, Well Baby Clinics treated 11,770 poorly children.
‘We are proud to support such a high-quality service that is enabling a brighter future for the children of Gaza,’ said Embrace the Middle East’s events manager Kerensa McCollough.
• Embrace the Middle East are on stand S151at CRE National 2019
* Names have been changed to protect the identity of the beneficiaries