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Ard El-Insan is a Palestinian nongovernmental non for profit organization established in 1984 as an
affiliate of the Swiss organization (Terre Des Hommes). In 1997 AEI was localized as a Palestinian
association under the license no. 6037 and is being managed by an elected board of directors.
AEI is specialized in community health and nutrition within a primary health care approach and aims
at decreasing common childhood illness via providing protective and curative health services, health
education and psychological support targeting children, mothers, poor and marginalized families all
over the Gaza Strip.
In addition, AEI plays an essential developmental role over the last 26 years through working jointly
with the Ministry of Health in the Palestinian National Authority and other international donors or
bodies such as Oslo University (High Institute for Nutritional Studies) in Norway. In addition, AEI
contributed to preparation of the "Emergency Plan for Improving Children and Mother's Nutritional
Status", the Maternal and Child Nutrition Protocols-2005 in cooperation with the MOH and MARAMUSAID funded project.
AEI conducted researches and studies related to the health and nutritional status of children under
five years old jointly with the Palestinian MOH, universities and international institutions.
During 1995 AEI joined the International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) as an active member
adopting the entire strategies of the network. Accordingly, AEI had been the first Palestinian group
in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank supporting breastfeeding over the Arab countries.
That children, poor and marginalized families enjoy a high level of good health and nutrition
through providing a high quality service consistent with the international standards.
Providing health, nutritional and social services for children, mothers and poor families aiming at
improving their health status and livelihoods through community mobilization via programs and
projects of AEI.
1- Improving the health and nutritional status of children under age five since birth and older.
2- Raising the community awareness regarding health, nutrition and child's growth.
3- Supporting the vulnerable and marginalized groups in order to achieve secure living,
independence and improved life quality.
4- Upgrading the work proficiency and sustainability of AEI's developmental programmes.
Women at reproductive age
Poor and marginalized sectors
High quality services
Efficiency and effectiveness
Transparency and accountability
1- Health & Nutrition Program:
Through this program AEI provides preventive and curative health and nutrition services to
children under age 5 within primary health care approach. The programme covers
different health and nutritional topics including clinical and nutritional components
relating directly to child illness, growth, development, breast feeding and psychological
elements. Health awareness and promotion besides building up a sustainable qualitative
improvement and development of health and nutritional life is the paramount concern
and objective of this programme.
Program activities are implemented simultaneously in the center and community settings
that are located in most of the Gaza Strip governorates. AEI two main centers in Gaza &
Khanyounis provide many services for children including; clinical and nutritional
assessment and follow up, laboratory investigations, freely sponsored medications, group
and individual counseling. Specially made highly nutritious meals are served and provided
for home use for malnourished children.
Community based activities include health and nutrition awareness besides psychological
support as well as community mobilization based on enhancement of active participation
of all community sectors. Activities are implemented at household level and different
community settings such as kindergartens and they include; home visits, children
assessment, case detection and referral either to AEI centers or other specialized health
centers. A group of qualified trained health educators supported with tens of active
groups of well trained women volunteers conveying appropriate health messages of AEI to
2- Capacity Building Program:
In this programme AEI provides quality based developmental capacity building activities for
universities, governmental and civil society organizations.
Training is the core element in this programme and it includes; developing the skills in case
detection, assessment, management, referral of cases as well as counseling and awareness. Other
topics in this programme include researches, surveys and evidence based nutritional health
3- Humanitarian Assistance Program:
Responding to the humanitarian crises lived by people in the Gaza strip and in order to reduce their
suffering AEI launched this program in 2004, which enabled the association to enhance thousands of
families and children by providing variety of services notably medical support for patients aged 0-31
years. Help includes freely provided medicines, therapeutic foods, medical devices, surgical
operations and many other health services that are not available in the MoH.
Until the end of 2010 AEI has conducted different humanitarian projects such as; Orphan's
Sponsorship and University Student Sponsorship. The Livelihood support project is still contributing
to the life quality improvement of vulnerable families via awareness, training and grants for income
generating projects plus rejoining children to schools.