142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Politics of Deteriorating Health in Palestine

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Monday, November 17, 2014 : 11:00 AM - 11:15 AM

Dima Qato, PharmD, MPH, PhD , University of Illinois, Chicago, IL
The purpose of this paper is to review the current health situation of the Palestinian population and situate Palestinian health conditions within a political and human rights framework. It seeks to provide current evidence of the direct and indirect impact of Israel's policies and human rights violations on the health status of the Palestinian population based on the literature and research in the field.  The ongoing occupation makes the health of Palestinian population and their corresponding health care system, both in the public and private sector, vulnerable to ongoing and more recent Israeli policies. Efforts by Palestinian professionals and the international health community to provide health services have been constantly thwarted. The Israeli authorities' persistent disregard for Palestinian health and health care is responsible for a vast number of Palestinian deaths.  Israeli policies affect all aspects of health and health care for Palestinians in the West Bank, including the refugee population.  Illustrative examples linked to key Israeli policies and practices and human rights violations are presented in this paper and include mental health and addiction, maternal and child health, nutrition, environmental health,  access to health care and movement restrictions, and quality of care. This paper will also introduce the growing social inequalities in health within Palestine that are due, in part, to Israeli policies. This analysis provides further evidence of the human rights and social justice violations and the wide-ranging effects on health experienced daily by the Palestinian people as a direct result of the Israeli military occupation.

Learning Areas:

Provision of health care to the public
Public health or related public policy
Public health or related research
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Describe the current health situation of the Palestinian population. Discuss Palestinian health conditions within a political and human rights framework.

Keyword(s): Human Rights, Politics

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have extensive research experience in the area of Palestinian health and have published on the topic of politics and health in Palestine in several journals. I have also conducted several years of field work in Palestine and in the Palestinian refugee population.
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.