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Emergency and Humanitarian Assistance

Despite facing continued hardship, Gaza communities are now better equipped to respond to urgent maternal and child health needs.

Despite facing continued hardship, Gaza communities are now better equipped to respond to urgent maternal and child health needs.

In response to a worsening humanitarian situation in the West Bank and Gaza since early 2006, the Hanan Project established an Emergency Fund. Hanan provided over $1 million of medical equipment and spare parts, urgently needed to sustain maternal and child health service provision, to 11 hospitals in the West Bank and Gaza. For example, Hanan trained 300 professional and lay health providers in the provision of advanced life support in obstetrics and neonatal resuscitation, and in pre-hospital emergency medical services provision. This enhanced providers' capability to immediately respond to emergencies, in their own communities.

For example, prior to Hanan's work with Al Sheikh Zayed Hospital, oxygen supplies were low, creating critical shortages that put women and children's health at risk. The new oxygen tanks are now used whenever the power fails in the hospital. This dramatically improves immediate service capability and quality, and it is very cost effective for the hospital in the long-run.