250350 Health and Human Rights in the Middle East: The Role of Non-Governmental Organizations

Wednesday, November 2, 2011: 12:30 PM

Alan F. Meyers, MD, MPH , Department of Pediatrics, Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA
Organizations representing civil society have made major contributions to the advancement of public health, health care, and human rights in Israel and the occupied Palestinian Territory. They have worked to provide care that is not available from government agencies, and to address human rights violations, in the oPT. Two of the major organizations engaged in this work, Physicians for Human Rights-Israel and the Palestinian Medical Relief Society, maintain an active collaboration in both clinical care and training, as well as advocacy to advance the human rights of the Palestinian population living under military occupation in the oPT. This session will report on the ongoing work of these organizations and their active collaboration, which remains one of the few direct links between civil societies within Israel and the oPT.

Learning Areas:
Advocacy for health and health education
Provision of health care to the public

Learning Objectives:
Describe the work of Physicians for Human Rights-Israel and the Palestinian Medical Relief Society under current and past conditions in occupied the occupied Palestinian Territory. Analyze the potential effects of collaborations between Israeli and Palestinian health NGOs on the situation in the region.

Keywords: International Public Health, War

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Boston University School of Medicine. I provide clinical care and medical teaching in the occupied Palestinian Territories annually since 2003 and have presented and/or participated in APHA sessions on this subject at most annual meetings since 2004.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.