The facts

Women’s and children’s health remains a cause for concern for Palestinian communities. Palestinians in both the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) 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 military 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’s 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. MAP’s midwives have established strong relationships with communities and developed a deep understanding of their needs and the coping mechanisms that families embrace to survive. Thanks to our midwives, breast-feeding rates are higher, anaemia is lower, high-risk pregnancies have been reduced and use of contraception has increased post-delivery. Read a summary of the 2018 evaluation of this project here.

Management of malnutrition, Gaza

After 14 years of blockade in Gaza, malnutrition among children has increased. Our local partner is seeing a greater demand for services than ever before with high levels of anaemia, vitamin deficiencies and stunting (short for age), a marker of chronic malnutrition that can have life-long effects. We support a dedicated clinic to provide healthy meals, nutritional supplements, and medication to malnourished children. Parents are given fresh and dry food packages to prepare at home, as well as lessons on how to prepare healthy meals and on basic nutrition.

Watch our short film on the work of our partner Ard El Insan on combatting child malnutrition in Gaza.

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

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.

Women’s protection and empowerment, Gaza and Lebanon

In some communities where MAP works, gender-based violence (GBV) is pervasive but rarely talked about. COVID-19 pandemic-related restrictions have exacerbated the prevalence of GBV, putting more women at risk. We work with women-led local partners to promote the protection of vulnerable women and GBV survivors in Gaza and Lebanon, increase access to essential services and support women to become agents of change in their communities.



In 2020, 3,496 pregnant women and new mothers received regular home visits from MAP's 13 midwives and nurses




In 2020


coeliac CHILDREN received gluten-free flour

And 1,597 caregivers of malnourished children received nutritional health counselling sessions



Gaza Neonatal project

From 2019-2021, 14,357 newborn babies were treated at the six neonatal intensive care units MAP supports


“The midwife’s support made all the difference”

Read how MAP’s team of community midwives in Lebanon provided home-based consultations and support to Samira and her five-year-old daughter Rama, providing a lifeline during COVID-19 lockdowns.

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