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Evaluation of the Palestinian Medical Relief Society (PMRS) Women?s Health Programme 2013-2017

Luxembourg Development Agency
Field of Expertise:
Health Service Delivery; PHC/MNCH/RH/Nutrition/W&S; Basic Health Services / Primary health care; Health Service Delivery; PHC/MNCH/RH/Nutrition/W&S; Reproductive Health / Maternal health / newborn health
Narrative description of project:
The project was the evaluation of the Women 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 WHP since August 2008 and commissioned this evaluation that took place between January and June 2018 that had no implicatons in the decision, already taken, of continuing funding for, at least, 4 years more. The WHP 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 oPt and of the Palestinian health care system to better understand the context where the WHP is being implemented.
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. The qualitative and quantitative results described in the Final report lead to the conclusion that WHP successfully contributed and continues to contribute to the access to quality health care by the general population, but 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.