New health model helps Palestinian refugees

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An UNRWA doctor is showing a mother a brochure on how to prevent anaemia through proper nutrition

Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians are benefiting from a new family health team model that has been introduced by the United Nations Agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA).

UNRWA says the new approach started as pilots in two health centres in late 2011.

The agency says that as of March this year, the model is expanding rapidly, covering 11 centres with half a million refugees.

Dr Akihiro Seita is UNRWA's Director of Health.

"It's like general practitioners in UK or the family health team in Canada to provide the continuity of care for each one of the refugees. And it is very important for the non-communicable diseases like diabetes and hypertension because these are the main killers for Palestinian refugees now. So for the 21st century the cause of deaths for Palestinian refugees are non-communicable diseases accounting probably for 70 to 80 per cent of the deaths."

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UNRWA says it is planning to expand the family health team approach to all its 138 health centres in Gaza, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and the West Bank by 2015.

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