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Evaluation of the Palestinian Medical Relief Society (PMRS) Women?s Health Programme 2013-2017
Field of Expertise:
Social Values and Determinants of Health; Social Services; Vulnerable groups; Health Service Delivery; PHC/MNCH/RH/Nutrition/W&S; Reproductive Health / Maternal health / newborn health
Narrative description of project:
The project involved the evaluation of the Women’s Health Program (WHP) 2013-2017 implemented by the Palestinian Medical Relief Society (PMRS) in the West Bank (WB) and Gaza Strip(GZ). The Government of Luxemburg funded the WHP since August 2008 and commissioned this evaluation which took place between January and June 2018. The WHP is aimed at; (1) providing easy, timely and affordable access to quality and comprehensive reproductive health services, (2) ensuring Palestinian local community groups have the adequate knowledge in sexual and reproductive health rights and that they support PMRS’s WHP and their communities’ reproductive health rights, and (3) influencing national reproductive health policies. The evaluation team reviewed key characteristics of the Palestinian population living within the occupied Palestinian territory and the Palestinian health care system to better understand the context of the WHP. The qualitative and quantitative results described in the Final report lead to the conclusion that the WHP successfully contributed and continues to contribute to the access to quality health care by the general population, especially by women. PMRS has a wider agenda than health care delivery and sees itself as a “movement” fighting for people’s health rights and empowering communities through self-organisation and community development against the occupation.
Description of services provided:
The methodology included a desk review and analysis of key PMRS and National policy documents, in-depth interviews with key PMRS staff and selected stakeholders, focus group discussions with beneficiaries and staff, direct observation during visits, case studies, key informant interviews and analysis of available managerial data. The evaluation team included Palestinian female and male consultants and the team leader.