Health of Palestinians Inside and Outside the Occupied Palestinian Territory

On 18-19 March, the fourth annual Lancet Palestinian Health Alliance Conference on the “Health of Palestinians Inside and Outside the Occupied Palestinian Territory” took place in Cairo, Egypt.

Jointly organized by  the Institute of Community and Public Health at Birzeit University and the Center for Research on Population and Health at the Faculty of Health Sciences, American University of Beirut, the yearly conference is part of the activities of the Lancet Palestinian Health Alliance, a network of Palestinian, regional and international researchers, committed to the highest scientific standards in describing, analyzing and evaluating the health and health care of Palestinians. The Alliance seeks to contribute to the international scientific literature and to develop local evidence-based policy and practices. 

Over 150 participants attended the conference from across the globe, including the occupied Palestinian territory, Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Europe and the United States.  62 abstracts (22 oral and 40 poster presentations) were accepted for presentation. Topics addressed a broad range of health issues.
The conference was welcomed as a great success, addressing a variety of pressing issues related to Palestinian health, and engaging participants of many and diverse backgrounds.
The Lancet Palestinian Health Alliance would like to thank the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development, Medical Aid for Palestinians, the Welfare Association and the World Health Organization for their generous support of the LPHA activities.

A specified session was assigned for non-communicable diseases. It included 4 oral presentations. Those included: hypertension awareness, treatment and control; self care and glycemic  for diabetic patients; breast cancer among Palestinian women and an economic evaluation of salt reduction policies to prevent coronary heart disease.

In addition to the oral presentations, 7 posters were presented at the conference. Those included the following topics: assessing the health staff knowledge and counseling skills on nutrition for diabetic patients at primary health care clinics, implementation of comprehensive diabetes care model, priority setting for the prevention and  control of coronary heart disease, clinical audit on diabetes care for Palestinian refugees in UNRWA health centers in Jordan, quality of life of Palestinian cancer patients in the absence of palliative care service, and the association between waist circumference and hypertension among Palestinian women.
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