INARA

Rapid Response for Gaza

Support medical evacuees and stranded Gazan families in Egypt.

Based on INARA’s rapid assessment, the following needs have been identified. INARA is utilizing its rapid response funds to address them. However, to cover a considerable number of people in need, it must expand its program, which requires additional funding. By donating through this page, your funds will go towards addressing one or more of the following needs, thereby alleviating suffering.

The Gaza Triplets
The needs

Hospitals have depleted their medical supplies, and they are unable to perform certain medical procedures in-house. Consequently, they occasionally seek assistance from INARA to cover the cost of the procedure in a private hospital, allowing the child to stabilize before continuing with further treatment.

During the last three months, INARA has received numerous requests from caregivers whose children’s treatments were postponed because specific medicines were unavailable at the hospital. Since INARA maintains contact with caregivers to address their daily needs, such as clothing and hygiene items, they often reach out to INARA staff to request the required medicine.

The medical evacuees are not provided with sufficient time to prepare, and they are not allowed to take luggage, resulting in them arriving at Al Areesh hospitals without clothes. INARA maintains contact with the hospital management, who send them the list of new arrivals. Upon receiving this information, INARA promptly delivers clothes to the evacuees. On average, INARA receives around 70 requests for clothing every month.

Mobile phones are confiscated from caregivers upon their arrival, and in many cases, these phones are lost. When INARA delivers clothes, they also receive requests for a handset and SIM card so caregivers can maintain contact with the child’s family and provide updates about the child’s condition. It’s important to note that in many instances, the caregiver is not a parent, so they communicate updates to the child’s parents in Gaza. INARA utilizes this communication channel to stay connected with the caregiver and address their needs.

Once the child stabilizes, they require activities to occupy their time while inside the hospital room. INARA addresses this need by providing toys, Arabic books to stay connected with schooling, and coloring books to keep them engaged. These items not only aid in the healing process but also serve as psychosocial support for the child during their hospital stay.

The caregivers, who are predominantly female, stay with the child for extended periods, often spanning over a month. During their stay, they may experience menstruation. INARA addresses this by providing dignity kits, which include:

  • A bar of soap
  • A washcloth
  • Pairs of women’s underwear (available in Small, Medium, Large, and X-Large sizes per kit)
  • A package of sanitary napkins (monthly pack)
  • Nighttime sanitary napkins
  • Gallon-sized plastic bag
     

These kits aim to support the caregivers’ hygiene needs and provide them with essential items to manage menstruation comfortably while caring for the children.

In many hospitals in Egypt, caregivers and children are not provided with hygiene supplies. Therefore, INARA promptly delivers hygiene kits to caregivers to ensure both they and the child can maintain their hygiene according to INARA standards. The INARA standard hygiene kit includes:

  • Toothbrushes (for children and adults)
  • Toothpaste (for children and adults)
  • Bars of soap
  • Shampoo
  • Disposable razors
  • Sanitary napkins
  • A box of assorted bandages
  • Stick deodorants
  • Combs
  • A pair of fingernail clippers
  • Wipes
  • Tissues


These kits are essential for maintaining cleanliness and personal hygiene, promoting the well-being of both caregivers and children during their hospital stay.

While addressing the needs of these families and children, INARA establishes a relationship with both the caregiver and the child. During this time, it also facilitates Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MPHSS) sessions. Initially, INARA conducts sessions for the caregiver, as their stability is crucial for providing proper care to the child. Once the child is discharged, INARA also provides play sessions for the child, aiming to support their emotional well-being and aid in their recovery process. These sessions are integral components of INARA’s holistic approach to care, addressing both the physical and psychological needs of the children and their caregivers.

Upon arrival in Egypt, in addition to clothes and all the aforementioned necessities, the medical evacuees require a small amount of cash to cover their day-to-day needs. INARA provides them with a small cash allowance from time to time.

Egypt is hosting approximately 7,000 Gazans who arrived before the war and are currently stranded. Among them are students studying in Egypt who have lost their families in Gaza, or if their families are alive, they no longer provide financial support. INARA is considering distributing food baskets to these families to help them survive until they can return to Gaza. The food basket includes the following items:

 

  • Rice
  • Beans (chickpeas, red beans)
  • Vegetable oil (fortified with vitamin A and D)
  • Sugar
  • Iodized salt
  • Pasta
  • Tuna
  • Canned meat
  • Tomato paste
  • Packaging
     
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100% of your donations will go towards our Rapid Response intervention.

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