Maternal and child health in the occupied Palestinian territory

Rahim, H.F.A., Wick, L., Halileh, S., Hassan-Bitar, S., Chekir, H., Watt, G.C.M. and Khawaja, M. (2009) Maternal and child health in the occupied Palestinian territory. Lancet, 373(9667), pp. 967-977. (doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(09)60108-2)

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Abstract

The Countdown to 2015 intervention coverage indicators in the occupied Palestinian territory are similar to those of other Arab countries, although there are gaps in continuity and quality of services across the continuum of the perinatal period. Since the mid 1990s, however, access to maternity facilities has become increasingly unpredictable. Mortality rates for infants (age =1 year) and children younger than 5 years have changed little, and the prevalence of stunting in children has increased. Living conditions have worsened since 2006, when the elected Palestinian administration became politically and economically boycotted, resulting in unprecedented levels of Palestinian unemployment, poverty, and internal confl ict, and increased restrictions to health-care access. Although a political solution is imperative for poverty alleviation, sustainable development, and the universal right to health care, women and children should not have to wait. Urgent action from international and local decision makers is needed for sustainable access to high-quality care and basic health entitlements

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Watt, Professor Graham
Authors: Rahim, H.F.A., Wick, L., Halileh, S., Hassan-Bitar, S., Chekir, H., Watt, G.C.M., and Khawaja, M.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > General Practice and Primary Care
Journal Name:Lancet
Publisher:The Lancet Publishing Group
ISSN:0140-6736
ISSN (Online):1474-547X

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