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"'I'm a Health Worker' - Abduaraman Gidi" made by IntraHealth International.

March 20, 2019

Program Context

Aida and al-Azza refugee camps were founded in Palestine in 1950 and currently have an estimated population of 7,500 and a population density of roughly 220,000 people per square mile. Aida and Al-Azza are adjacent to the separation wall and a military barracks in Bethlehem in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. A recent report described the Aida camp as the most heavily teargassed population in the world.1 Lajee Center, a community-based cultural center located in Aida, and 1for3, a Boston-based NGO that empowers underserved Palestinian communities, established the Health for Palestine (H4P) initiative to address the social and political determinants of health in both camps. H4P is a community health worker (CHW) program that focuses on non-communicable diseases and psychological trauma related to the historical and ongoing colonial violence that so profoundly mark trajectories of Palestinian refugee wellness.  The program’s goal is to generate a people-centered grassroots health movement that will coordinate with existing health delivery partners, which can be integrated into a comprehensive health system. Starting in 2018, the initiative presently supports six CHWs and 80 clients. This case study describes the H4P CHW initiative and shares results of a recent qualitative research study that will help refine the program and contribute to its expansion in this complex environment in which individual health is heavily influenced by geopolitics.

March 5, 2019

Program Context: Public health continues to move toward a holistic community approach.

February 20, 2019

In 1920, almost one hundred years ago, the first community health worker (CHW) program was established in China.


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