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Category: Public Health
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Areas of focus (Entities): Mother & Child health care services, environmental health, health education, community participation, awareness, family planning, preventive and curative services and advice, peer education, access to clean water supply, monitoring water sources, disposal of solid waste, vector control, infrastructure development, environmental health hazards control, health consultations, advocacy, policies, biostatistics, nutrition, etc.

 

Objectives of strategy one:

 

  • Enhance the life quality, reduce disease and promote better health conditions and practices among Palestinian refugees
  • Increase the life expectancy, reduce infant and child morality and decrease communicable diseases within the Palestinian refugee camps and gatherings
  • Improve the informed choices of the Palestinian communities and individuals towards health issues
  • Provide health care services to the refugees with a focus on mothers and children
  • Reduce the environmental health hazards in the Palestinian refugee camps and gatherings

 

Competitive Advantages of the Strategy:

 

  • Respond to community needs that are not covered by other interventions
  • Link directly to the local committees in the camps and gatherings
  • Focuses on both preventive and curative measures
  • Root based and people centered
  • Depends on peer education and community action
  • Focuses on attitude and behavioral change to healthier life style
  • Generates funds that can finance other projects and activities

 

Components of Strategy one:    

 

To implement the first strategy, PARD will adopt the following interventions and activities:

 

Program 1: Environmental Health

  • Water supply
  • Solid waste management
  • Vector control

 

Program 2: Health Education

  • Behavioral change
  • Participation & Peer Education
  • Capacity Building

 

Program 3: Maternal and Child Health

  • Preventive & Curative Health

 

Rationale of Strategy One:

 

The fields of human rights and public health are each concerned with promoting health and elucidating norms for action within communities and societies. Nevertheless, a combined approach may make a more comprehensive contribution to resolving and advancing a normative framework for health issues and action. PARD believes in this synergy as a means to implementing public health action in a rights-based approach. Moreover, advocating for the civil rights of the Palestinian refugees in Lebanon can improve the public health services by focusing attention on the health problems of the marginalized individuals and populations. This can be mainly achieved through educational programs, and in mobilizing efforts aimed at advocating for better policies and laws.

 

PARD realizes that the best means to protecting and improving the health of the Palestinian communities is to promote health education and practices as a preventive measure on one hand and on the other reduce directly the sources of diseases and health hazards. But as the field of public health is quite vast, PARD wishes to focus, through its programs, on three main core areas:

 

 

Environmental Health

Through improving and monitoring the water quality and supply, solid waste management, and vector control, PARD aims at building more healthy environments and reducing risk factors that might negatively influence the well being of the communities in the Palestinian camps and gatherings.

By adopting the seventh Millennium Development Goal, PARD realizes that it has to contribute effectively in improving access to clean water supply and sanitation management. The final outcome would not only result in decreasing disease prevalence and mitigating mortalities but it would also contribute into the alleviation of poverty within the Palestinian community.

 

Health Education

One of the best ways to radically reduce health and disease hazards is to educate the Palestinian communities on how to make informed choices and decisions and how to participate proactively in the design and implementation of health programs that target their own communities in their own context. PARD also realizes that community-wide health education aimed specifically at changing the attitude and behavior of the targeted Palestinian communities would eventually encourage the refugees to make healthy choices and thus adopt healthy lifestyles that would prevent the spread of diseases and other hazards and risks.

 

Women and children

Women and children are among the most vulnerable groups in the Palestinian community. PARD plans to implement programs that would improve the public health delivery systems targeting women, children, and their families mainly through health care services and education. Dispensing vaccinations to children, promoting the health of pregnant women, providing advice and medical consultation are some of integral parts of PARD’s program that aims at improving the lifestyle of this group. This focal area also supports the fifth Millennium Development Goal that revolves around improving maternal health.

To successfully achieve all the above interventions, PARD plans to empower and motivate its human resources so they would be enabled to deliver high quality services. PARD also realizes that sustainable change can become a reality only if the local Palestinian communities are actively involved in the planning, implementation and the monitoring of the health related issues.

 

 

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