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Middle East Regional Scale-up of Microclinic Program WDF14-898

WDF14-989
The project will serve to scale-up collaboration developing a regional standard for diabetes care among refugees throughout the Middle East.

In the last decade the amount of refugees in the Middle East has increased dramatically due to conflicts. One of the tragic consequences of people living as refugees is malnutrition, infectious diseases, coexisting with NCDs such as diabetes (IDF). Under circumstances like this the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) provide health services to the people living as refugees.

With 100’s of thousands living as refugees, with high risk status, diabetes getting less attention and less priority as a ‘problem’ under these circumstances (IDF). With no scale-up standards for diabetes management new initiatives are highly needed.

Objectives
The aim of this project is to scale-up the microclinic social network program (MSNP) for refugees in the Middle East. This will happen through increase of the capacity of UNRWA health personals to deliver diabetes management programs, provide assistance to 115 health centres to implement MSNP as a sustainable resolution, make refugees aware of the program, and to share the experiences with other UN agencies and NGOs. 

Approach
The project consists of four elements focused on activating and facilitating the MSNP among refugees and other deprived individuals.

To increase the care capacity of UNRWA health personnel, the Microclinic International (MCI) will provide Training of Trainers (ToT) for 8 UNRWA nurses from 4 field offices in Jordan, Lebanon, West Bank and Gaza. The nurses will train nurses in their home offices.

The MCI will support UNRWA in implementing MSNP in 115 health centres. The centres will roll out their programs in waves and the program sessions will be facilitated by trained UNRQA Field nurses.

Through relations to regional UN agencies and NGOs, MCI and UNRWA will facilitate a workshop to share experiences and leadership in implementing a regional strategy for diabetes care.

The fourth element of the project consists of providing a technical assistance to design and implement effective recruitment strategies for the MSNP. The aim is to reach 1 million people living as refugees with the knowledge of the MSNP.

Expected Results

  • Increase the care capacity of 987 UNRWA nurses
  • Deliver diabetes management programs to 112,000 diabetic individuals
  • Target 1 million refugees to raise awareness about the MSNP and about diabetes in generally
  • Provide technical assistance to 115 health centres to facilitate the MSNP
  • UNRWA and MCHI host a workshop for UN agencies and NGOs to share experiences 

Results at Completion

• Increased the care capacity of 1,059 UNRWA nurses
•Delivered diabetes management programs to 114,134 diabetic individuals
•Targeted 1 million refugees to raise awareness about the MSNP and about diabetes in general
•Provided technical assistance to 115 health centres to facilitate the MSNP
•UNRWA and MCHI hosted workshops for UN agencies and NGOs to share experiences 
• 570,670 friends and family members reached
• Endline data collected and weight and HbA1c measurements from 1,000 people analysed (statistically significant changes in a number of clinical indicators)

 

Project information

Project nr.: 
WDF14-989
Project Status: 
Completed
Interventions and focus areas: 
Primary focus area: 
Region: 
Middle East and North Africa
Country: 
West Bank and Gaza
Partners: 
Microclinic International & UNRWA
Project period: 
2015 to 2017
Project budget: 
USD 462,110
WDF contribution: 
USD 248,550

Results at Completion

• Increased the care capacity of 1,059 UNRWA nurses
•Delivered diabetes management programs to 114,134 diabetic individuals
•Targeted 1 million refugees to raise awareness about the MSNP and about diabetes in general
•Provided technical assistance to 115 health centres to facilitate the MSNP
•UNRWA and MCHI hosted workshops for UN agencies and NGOs to share experiences 
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