International Conference on Mental Health

Posted on Jul 16, 2014

Beit Atfal Assomoud and the Familiy Guidance Center hosted this year’s International Conference of Palestinian Mental Health on June 6-7 at UNESCO Palace in Beirut. The topic was “What works for whom in armed conflicts?” The opening ceremony took place in the great hall. Norway’s ambassador to Lebanon, H.E. Mr. Svein Aass, held the opening speech.

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Gaza Emergency Response

Posted on Jul 9, 2014

Following the recent escalation of violence in Gaza, NORWAC has released emergency funds for public hospitals in Gaza. 100.000 USD are earmarked for the procurement of drugs and medical disposable. In addition, NORWAC has received USD 1,4 million in emergency aid from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. These funds will be used to support the public health sector’s ability to manage the emergency situation.

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Cooperation agreement with WATAN/Khayr

Posted on Jun 28, 2014

NORWAC recently signed a new cooperation agreement with WATAN/Khayr. The Norwegian support through Watan will provide permanent and mobile field hospitals, procurement of medical disposables and psychosocial work among refugees.

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Workshop with Syrian partners

Posted on Jun 5, 2014

NORWAC recently participated in a workshop with partner organization, Watan, in Gaziantep. Representing NORWAC were Country Director for Syria, John Eivind Jensen, and Senior Consultants, Dr. Belal Al-Jabri and Dr. Nabil Karah. Watan/Khayr has since 2012 been NORWAC’s partner organization for humanitarian work inside Syria. They run an extensive humanitarian operation inside the country, including field hospitals, mobile clinics and support for medical personnel. The main office of Watan is located in Gaziantep, Turkey, with branch offices located in Jordan and Lebanon. Watan is an activist organization with objectives and values that are easy for NORWAC to identify with. They work in large parts of the areas not controlled by the Assad regime. They have shown remarkable ability to deliver health care services in areas of limited access, said John Eivind Jensen, responsible for NORWAC activities in Syria. NORWAC finance the running costs of several field hospitals in Syria. The Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) visited one the hospitals (video posted below). This hospital was later evacuated – and then bombed by the Syrian Arab Air Force. None of the patients or staff were injured, but there was substantial material...

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