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Saïd Foundation : Further Education prize winners
In 2010, the Foundation awarded its Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr Adnan Al Wahaidi from Gaza.
Adnan was supported by the Foundation in 1996/97 for an MSc in Mother and Child Health at the Institute of Child Health, University of London.
He is now Medical Director of Ard El Insaan, a Palestinian NGO which treats children suffering from malnutrition and provides free preventive and curative health and nutrition services to children from some of the poorest communities in the Gaza Strip.
The knowledge Adnan
obtained in the UK enabled him to work far more effectively for Ard El Insaan
and, over the years, he
has had to put his
skills into practice under the most difficult circumstances.
During the Israeli attacks on Gaza
in December 2008/January 2009, Adnan
volunteered round the clock at Gaza's Shifa Hospital
treating the injured and dying.
It is the consequences of the continuing blockade, however, that have been most severe for babies and young children and the rates of child malnutrition and stunting have increased.
Adnan has dedicated himself to alleviating the suffering of these vulnerable children and is now a recognised expert on the nutritional health situation of children in Gaza.
Mr Wafic Said presents Adnan
with his prize at the Foundation's 2010 annual dinner.
Wafic Said - news
The winner, Dr Adnan Al Wahaidi, is a medical doctor from Gaza in Palestine where he has dedicated himself to improving the lives of some of Palestine's most vulnerable children.
He is Medical Director of Ard El Insaan, a Palestinian NGO successor to "Terre des Hommes" which treats children suffering from malnutrition.
During the Israeli attacks of December 2008 Dr Al Wahaidi volunteered round the clock at Al Shifa Hospital treating the injured and dying and trying to alleviate the sufferings of the civilian casualties.
He has become a recognised expert on the nutritional health situation of children in Gaza.
He is a member of the Consultation Committee of the Ministry of Health, a trustee for the United Nations Human Rights Delegation on Palestinian Children and a lecturer in clinical nutrition at Al Azhar and Al Quds universities.
Wafic Saïd and Dr Adnan Al Wahaidi
Dr. Adnan Al-Wahaidi, ...
Dr. Adnan Al-Wahaidi, director of the Child Nutrition Center in Gaza
Dr Adnan Al-Wahaidi, Medical ...
Dr Adnan Al-Wahaidi, Medical Director of the Ard El Insan Child Nutrition Centre in Gaza city.
...The Medical Director, Dr Adnan Al-Wahaidi, describes the consequences of the siege and closure of the Gaza Strip as "Very severe for babies and young children," especially with regard to child stunting due to prolonged exposure to malnutrition.
According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics
, 10.2% of children in the Gaza Strip are now suffering stunted growth due to chronic malnutrition.However, the World Food Program (WFP) is currently unable to provide 84,000 of its poorest beneficiaries with their full aid rations due to the continued siege and closure of Gaza.Dr Al-Wahaidi
describes the current food table in the Gaza Strip as "Severely deficient because of the siege and closure."
In addition to denials of the rights to medication, appropriate medical facilities, food, fuel and water, Israel is also denying children in the Gaza Strip their right to education.
Saïd Foundation : Further Education Alumni
Adnan Al Wahaidi
Adnan Al Wahaidi
Adnan is Medical Director for Ard El Insaan (AEI), a local NGO in Gaza.
is responsible for strategic planning, design of technical activities and production of training materials on child health and nutrition.
medical work with academic responsibilities and he
lectures on Al Azhar University's postgraduate Clinical Nutrition (Paediatrics) course and Al Quds University's MSc Public Health.
In addition, he
has conducted three community based surveys in child health and nutrition in Gaza in cooperation with the World Health Organization
, UNICEF, Action Against Hunger-Spain and the Palestinian Ministry of Health.
He is also the main representative in Gaza for the UN's International Committee of Human Rights and is responsible for collecting information on the lifestyle of Palestinian children in the Gaza Strip.
In addition, Adnan has worked as consultant and principal trainer in mother and child health and nutrition for a number of USAI- funded projects (2005-2008) and a national consultant involved in the production of mother and child nutrition protocols at the national level funded by the USAID and the Palestinian Ministry of Health (2003-2004).