The facts

Women’s and children’s health remains a cause for concern for Palestinians. Palestinians in both Palestine and Lebanon have high rates of maternal and child mortality and morbidity, with women and children consistently among the most vulnerable groups during conflict and prolonged occupation. Improving access to quality care, and promoting health and care-seeking behaviours among communities and households, are key to improving maternal, neonatal and child health.

Our response

MAP takes an integrated approach to women and children’s health, encompassing reproductive health, safe motherhood and essential child health services, together with psychosocial care, parenting support and recognition and response to cases of child abuse, neglect and domestic violence.


Maternal and Child Health Programme, Lebanon

MAP provides the only home-visiting midwifery service in Lebanon’s Palestinian refugee camps. Thanks to our midwives, breast-feeding rates are higher, anaemia is lower, and high-risk pregnancies have been reduced. In 2019, 2,427 pregnant women and new mothers received regular home visits from MAP's 13 fully trained midwives and nurses. 

Read a summary of the 2018 evaluation of this project here

“Our midwife Lina has made such a big difference to us, she gives us so much support. Even when she is tired and has problems of her own, she never shows it and works so hard for us. She gives us hope.” Dina, a mother assisted by one of our midwives

Women’s Cancer Centre, West Bank

Many women in the West Bank have limited access to health services, leading to late diagnosis of cancer, often proving fatal. Our partner centre provides diagnostic services, physical examinations and mammograms.

Management of Malnutrition, Gaza

After ten years of blockade in Gaza, malnutrition among children has increased. We support a dedicated clinic to provide healthy meals, nutritional supplements, and medication to malnourished children. Parents are given fresh and dry good packages to prepare at home, as well as lessons on how to prepare health meals and on basic health nutrition.

Read a summary of the evaluation of the Gaza Malnutrition project conducted in July 2019.

Women’s Protection and Empowerment, Gaza and Lebanon 

In the conservative communities in which we work, gender-based violence is pervasive but rarely talked about. We work with female-led local partners who support women in Gaza and Lebanon to become agents for change in their communities. 

Neonatal Projects, Gaza

Since 2008 MAP has been supporting neonatal life support training for doctors, nurses and midwives working in neonatal and obstetric units in Gaza and providing the necessary medicines, disposables and equipment so that hospitals can save more babies’ lives. In 2019, 7,878 babies were treated at the 6 Neonatal Intensive Care Units MAP supports. 

Hear more from Consultant Paediatrician, Dr Ezzedin Gouta about his work in the neonatal intensive care units of Gaza.








Neonatal project

77doctors, nurses & midwives trained in neonatal life suPPORT in 2019




"During my first pregnancy, I was scared and did not know anything about pregnancy or what to expect. The midwife taught me everything. At first, I was scared to even hold my baby, but the midwife supported me during this period.” 

New mother Rola, a Palestinian refugee living in Lebanon, explains how MAP's Maternal and Child Health programme has helped her.

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