Palestinian refugees in Lebanon have few rights and live in poverty, where illness and infant mortality are high, the latter at 19 per 1000 live births and neonatal deaths at 14 per 1000 live births. Access to prenatal care is low, and the influx of Syrian refugees further strains the health care systems of the UNRWA and Palestinian Red Crescent Society Lebanon Branch, which are responsible for Palestinians. The UNRWA subsidises the Palestinian Red Cross in Lebanon's hospitals for births, but the Red Cross hospitals remain underfunded and do not have the capacity to treat complicated births due to inadequate equipment and staff knowledge.
The purpose of this projects is to increase resilience and reduce infant morality rates through providing better care for pregnant women delivering in Palestinian Red Crescent Society Lebanon Branch hospitals by increasing knowledge on personal care during pregnancies and for newborns, and making improvements in Palestinian Red Crescent Society Lebanon Branch hospitals.
The project targets all women delivering in Palestinian Red Crescent Society Lebanon Branch hospitals, who will benefit from improvements in staff training and hospital infrastructure.
The Netherlands Red Cross
Disaster prevention and preparedness
Disaster Management Phase
Prevention and mitigation