Finally NORWAC’s consultants, urologist Trygve Talseth and Gro Cecilia Stensrød, a nurse specialist in urology, were able to travel back to Lebanon on the 13th of June. It is three years ago, since their last visit to Imam Sadr Foundation’s (ISF) rehabilitation clinic in Dedregya.
On the 27 September, a delegation by NORWAC headed by our CEO Dr. Erik Fosse visited the newly appointed Lebanese Minister of Public Health, Dr. Firass Abiad. NORWAC was accompanied by a delegation from the Norwegian embassy in Lebanon headed by Ambassador Martin Yttervik, and Dr. Abdullah Omari from NORWAC’s partner organisation URDA.
NORWAC received funding for a new project in Gaza last year in May. The aim of the project is to improve the quality of mental health services and provide patients with mental health conditions access to the appropriate medication. The first mission took finally place in March 2022.
On the 30th of September a delegation of representatives from NORWAC and from our local implementing partner URDA, visited Arsal. NORWAC has since 2015 supported the only hospital available for the local community and the large group of Syrian Refugees living in the area.
The health system and health services are badly affected by the political crisis in Lebanon. One of NORWAC’s projects supports dialysis treatment for Syrian Refugees. Chronically ill patients are extra vulnerable in today’s situation.
Results from NORWAC’s Safe Childbirth project in Gaza was presented at The International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) 32nd Triennial Congress in June 2021.
NORWAC has recieved another 5. million NOK from the MFA for Emergency Aid to Gaza. The funding will provide help for the dire need of medical supplies and medical equipment. NORWAC consultant orthopedic surgeon Geir Stray Andreassen was in Gaza in May and experienced the large numbers of injured from the "Great March of Return". Read reports from Swedish media (in Swedish).