Medical Aid for Palestinians

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Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP) is a British charity that offers medical services in the West Bank, Gaza and Lebanon, and advocates for Palestinians' rights to health and dignity.[1]

Aim and history[edit]

Medical Aid for Palestinians' stated aim is to meet the humanitarian needs of the Palestinian people. The organization and its programmes have been supported by the British public, the UK Government (DfID), the European Union and international aid organizations. They deliver basic health and medical care to Palestinian refugees and they strive to establish permanent medical infrastructure in Palestinian communities by training health care practitioners, teaching medical vocational skills and addressing the requirements of particularly vulnerable groups such as people with disabilities.

MAP was founded in 1982 by Dr Swee Chai Ang FRCS, Major Derek Cooper, and his wife, Mrs Pamela Cooper,[2] in the wake of the 1982 Sabra and Shatila massacre in Lebanon.[3] Its president is Baroness Morris of Bolton who succeeded Lord Patten of Barnes and Helena Kennedy, Baroness Kennedy of The Shaws.

MAP's work[edit]

Programmes[edit]

Medical Aid for Palestinians works with local non-governmental organizations and the Palestinian Health Service or provide practical medical support to Palestinians living under occupation or as refugees. Its programmes cover the five priority areas in the occupied Palestinian territory and Palestinian refugee communities in Lebanon:

  • Essential primary and public healthcare
  • Women and children's health
  • Emergency preparedness and response
  • Mental health and psychosocial support
  • Disability

Advocacy and Campaigns[edit]

MAP plays an active role in the UK raising awareness about violations of the Palestinian right to health, which is threatened by ongoing conflict, prolonged occupation and displacement. Working in coalition with other NGOs, the scope of MAP's advocacy programme ranges from raising public awareness to advocating on salient issues with governments and policy makers. [4] The organization has drawn attention as the beneficiary of Caryl Churchill's playlet Seven Jewish Children.[5][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] accessed March 13, 2017
  2. ^ http://www.asiamap.ac.uk/collections/collection.php?ID=259
  3. ^ MAP > About Us
  4. ^ http://www.map.org/regions/uk/media/
  5. ^ Readings and Talks for Pro-Gaza Playlet, PATRICK HEALY, March 15, 2009, New York Times [2]
  6. ^ "MAP's London HQ is responsible for fundraising and directing the regional teams' work. It also is where MAP's events and advocacy work takes place." [3] accessed May 27, 2009

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