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Lebanon has a very high rate of smokers, especially in the underprivileged communities. Since government is doing little in the way of public education to warn of the dangerous of smoking, it falls on the shoulders of civil society to initiate public awareness campaigns.


PARD prepared five exhibitions in five different locations:

- Sabra

- Ain El Hilweh Camp

- Beirut (UNESCO Palace)

- Borj El Shamali Camp

- Bromana Summer Camp


345 Children & 323 Youth participated.


The main goal was to reach out to people for changing their practices towards a healthier & free of smoke life style.


Objectives were:


                        - to reduce smoking

                        - to promote recycling initiatives

                        - to develop a mobile exhibition that could serve as a model for further activities

Friday, 20 July 2012 15:01

Puppet Theater

During the year 2011, 10 puppet shows were conducted in different locations (Gatherings and UNRWA schools). Around 900 children were shown different shows with different topics (The immigrant fly, Eye Care).

During this year two teams, 1 in Beirut (6 youth) and 1 in the South (6 youth) were trained on puppet show, they were the team who’s performing the puppet theatre throughout the year. 

Friday, 22 June 2012 10:45

Women's Health Clinic

The term "reproductive health" was widely accepted in 1994 with the adoption by 178 countries of the Program of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) held in Cairo, Egypt. The WHO defines reproductive health as being a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being in all matters relating to the reproductive system and to its functions and processes. Reproductive health implies that people are able to have a satisfying safe sex life and that they have the capability to reproduce and the freedom to decide if, when and how often to do so.



Implicit in this last condition are the rights of men and women to be informed and to have access to safe, effective, affordable and acceptable methods of family planning of their choice. It also includes the right of access to appropriate health care services that will enable women to go safely through pregnancy and child birth (and provide couples with the best chance of having a healthy infant). In line with the above definition, reproductive health care is defined as the constellation of methods, techniques and services that contribute to reproductive health and well-being by preventing and solving reproductive health problems. Within this context, PARD has established a women’s health clinic, spread information on reproductive health among its target groups and added counseling to pre and post natal care in the medical centers.          

The Women's Health Clinic started operating in February 2000 in Sabra, Beirut. It was established in response to a need of the Palestinian refugees in Beirut, especially the displaced.


Its aim is to secure safe pregnancies for women.


The clinic is operated by three obstetricians, two midwives one secretary and one cleaning woman.



Its objectives and activities are as follows:                                                        



Objective 1: To guard safe pregnancy through prenatal care.


The activities related to this first objective include the following:


  • Provision of gynecology services through check-ups
  • Regular examinations of pregnant women by gynecologists and midwives
  • Administration of suitable medication and vitamins
  • Monitoring of pregnancy development and complications
  • Provisions of milk for mothers (as a nutritive supplement)
  • Ultrasound, Electro Cardiogram and laboratory analysis
  • Transfer of risky pregnancies to appropriate hospitals
  • First Aid including suturing


Routine lab tests at the center and referral to contracted laboratory for culture and hormone tests.



Objective 2: To guard the health of women and their babies after delivery through postnatal care.


The activities related to this objective include the following:


  • Family planning
  • Circumcisions for male newborns                                                              
  • Health education for women visitors to the center
  • Vaccination
  • Minor surgery
  • First-aid including suturing
  • Provision of clothes for newborns
  • Milk for babies whose mothers cannot lactate upon prescription
  • Routine lab tests at center and referral to contracted lab for more complicated tests.



Objective 3: To guard the health of non- pregnant women through general gynecological services. The activities related to this include:


  • Checkups for Gynecology
  • Ultrasound for Gynecology
  • Family Planning
  • Pap smear
  • Pregnancy Tests
  • Routine lab tests at center and referral to contracted lab for more complicated tests.



Home Visits in Beirut Gatherings:


In March 2011, PARD started a new project in Shatila camp and Beirut gatherings targeting pregnant women .A midwife\Community Health worker visits the pregnant women to check if everything is going on perfectly with their pregnancy; checks their blood pressure, asks them if they are facing any health problems (medical history), distributes brochures and health education materials and conducts health education sessions for them.

In addition to that, the midwife also conducts post natal visits. She checks on the mother and the newborn, answers any question the mother has, and helps her care for her baby through providing information on how to deal with a newborn in the house.

Published in Clinics
Friday, 22 June 2012 10:18

Sabra Clinic


This center has been operating since 1986, mainly for the benefit of the displaced Palestinian families living in Sabra (near Shatila camp)(Said Ghawash families,Daouk families and Gaza buildings families) in Beirut and the poor Lebanese population residing in the same area.


The staff working in the dispensary includes two staff nurses, one practical nurse, eleven specialists (in the fields of pediatrics, cardiology, dermatology, otology, rhinology, endocrinology, enterology, surgery, neurology, ophthalmology, orthopedics and urology), one general practitioner, one laboratory technician, one record keeper and one cleaning woman. It operates five days per week.


The center’s activities include the following:


  • General check-ups on women, men and children.
  • Follow-up on babies by a pediatrician concerning growth monitoring, vaccination and medication supply.
  • Providing low fat baby milk according to medical prescription.
  • Providing services of ophthalmology, cardiology, dermatology, otology, rhinology, endocrinology, enterology, minor surgery, neurology, orthopedics, ophthalmology and urology through respective specialists’ consultations.
  • Providing Laboratory services for routine tests (stools analysis, CBC, pregnancy, uric acid, etc) and transfers to a contracted laboratory for culture and hormone tests.
  • First Aid services, including suturing.
  • Performing routine monitoring of temperature and Blood pressure.
  • Electro cardiogram and ultrasound.
  • Auto refractometer.
  • Middle ear analyzer.
  • Facilitating hospital services to patients supported by Health Care Society (HCS) (A local NGO that includes PARD in its executive committee.


In addition to the above activities, nurses conduct health education sessions for the staff and groups of patients about different issues using several types of educational and audio-visual materials.


Published in Clinics
Thursday, 14 June 2012 15:26

Solid Waste Management


Collecting, hauling and disposal of solid waste


Beirut Area:

  • 13990 m3 (4941 tons) of domestic solid waste was collected and transported from Shatila camp in Beirut by one truck, on a daily basis. This service benefits 16000 people living in Shatila.


South Area:

  • 3055 m3 (1079 tons) of domestic solid waste was collected and transported from the Southern gatherings of Kfar Badda, Jim Jim, Wasta, Aitaniyyeh, Qasmiyeh, Shabriha, Burghuliyeh and Maashouk by two trucks, three times per week. This service benefits 13425 people living in these gatherings.



Cleaning of the public zones


Beirut Area:

  • The stairs, entrance of buildings, halls and pathways in the four Gaza buildings were cleaned on a daily basis by two full-time laborers.
  • The Daouk zone near the nursery was cleaned once every 6 months from accumulated rubbish.




Since one of PARD’s main objectives is to protect the environment thus preserving health, and because one of the most important causes for pollution is garbage piling in cities and towns which will help in transmission of diseases through the insects and rodents which gather around the garbage, PARD is trying to decrease the amount of garbage and pollution in the gatherings.

 In addition to that, many chemical fertilizers used to grow fruits and vegetables are dangerous to people’s health and well being.

 So, PARD decided to start a new project “Composting” that will help in decreasing the amount of garbage, percentage of pollution, help in the production of food that has a small amount of chemical materials and limit the amount of chemicals in the soil and water.


PARD is implementing a project on composting which includes training, raising awareness, and implementing household composting projects.

A workshop on composting was conducted for 12 local health educators:

The purpose of the training was to introduce the local community to the subject of composting through the trained Community health workers/ educators.


The course included:


1-       How to prepare compost by using pile?

2-       How to prepare compost by using plastic barrel?


Those trained local health educators conducted a campaign on composting for the benefit of the communities they are related to.


In 2010, 421 women and youth benefited (366 females and 55 males) from this campaign. In 2011, 834 more people benefited from raising awareness sessions.



Location Type of Participants No. of Participants No. of Lectures
Males Females
Qasmiyeh Women - 117 10
Youth 52 23 10
Children 15 13 1
Burghuliyeh Women - 70 6
Youth 6 38 3
Jal Al Bahar Women - 30 3
Youth 11 - 1
Wasta Women - 101 9
Youth 4 7 1
Children 5 3 1
Shabriha Women - 72 6
Children 21 23 2
Maashouk Women - 22 1
Kfar Badda Women - 122 16
Sikkeh Women - 22 1
Aitaniyeh Women - 15 1
Nahr El Samer Women - 40 4
Youth - 2 1
Total 114 720 77


The demonstration plots are up and running and compost is being used on the gardens at the demonstration plots. So far, 6 women have prepared 6 successful compost pits and 5 women and men have applied compost through special barrels.


Ground Compost Pits:


Location No. of Pits
Burghliyeh North 1
Wasta 1
Aitaniyeh 1
Shabriha 1
Qasmiyeh 2
Total 6



Compost Barrels:


Location No. of Barrels
Burghliyeh North 1
Jal El Bahar 1
Jim Jim 1
Shabriha 2
Total 5



The compost produce was used as a fertilizer for growing of parsley, spearmint, tomato, garden cress, zucchini, lettuce and fruits.


At the beginning only housewives were targeted. An unexpected result is that youth from the youth groups have also become very interested in composting. They have requested to receive training. The technical expert for the project is training on proper ways to do composting.

A wonderful unexpected benefit is that now the women seem to have a desire to want to reduce their waste even more in the household! After seeing the difference taking out the degradable goods can make, they have started to ask about recycling of glass, plastic, and paper. This has not been done yet in Palestinian gatherings/camps. So if we could use their energy and get this project off the ground as well, it could have a huge impact (reduction) on the amount of solid waste output.



Cleaning campaigns


At least once a year, before implementing spraying of insecticides, each gathering organizes a cleaning campaign whereby a team of workers and volunteers cleanup their gatherings.

 2011, such a campaign was implemented through PARD’s community health workers, health inspector, drivers and workers of the garbage trucks, members of the women committees and their children, members of the popular committees, members of the first aid teams (youth) and volunteers from the local communities. The campaign covered 13 gatherings in the South and Beirut, and the collected wastes were removed by PARD’s three garbage trucks and deposited at designated places.





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