250388 Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHR-Israel)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011: 1:10 PM

Ruchama Marton, MD , Physicians for Human Rights Israel, Tel Aviv, Israel
PHR-Israel is a non-profit NGO that strives to promote human rights the right to health particularly - in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory. The PHR-Israel Mobile Clinic creates a unique framework for joint Israeli and Palestinian medical work, serving as a gesture of trust and solidarity with Palestinian patients and medical professionals, fostering greater recognition for human rights values among the Israeli medical community, and sensitizing the public in Israel and abroad to the need for a change in Israeli policy toward the end of the occupation of the Palestinian territory. In 2010, PHR-Israel conducted 56 mobile clinics including over 630 medical staff, providing care to 9,190 villagers in all areas of the West Bank, including Specialist Clinics, Surgery Days, and Training Conferences. A Women's Clinic serves to promote the health of Palestinian women as an important source of empowerment, strength, and status in Palestinian society. In addition, PHR-Israel monitors and advocates against movement restrictions on Palestinian medical crews and patients; carries out advanced trainings for Palestinian physicians and nurses in full cooperation with Palestinian civil society leaders; and represents Gaza and West Bank patients who have been denied travel permits as a result of the crippling effects of the ongoing occupation. From the beginning, the main partner of PHR-Israel in these activities has been the Palestinian Medical Relief Society; PHR-Israel has also built partnerships with other non-governmental, community organizations that act locally for their constituents, as well as with professional medical unions and international organizations.

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 in the occupied Palestinian Territory

Keywords: Human Rights, International Public Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the founder of PHR. I have worked with Palestinian and international organizations dealing with mental health and human rights. Currently I serve on the board of the Mental Health Center in Gaza and serve on the board of the "Network of International Organizations for Health and Human Rights." I have published many articles on human rights violations and participated in various meetings with the United Nations to discuss and analyze the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
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.