BEDOUIN HEALTHProject ID: 15362
Improving access to and quality of reproductive and child health care to marginal peoples:Bedouin in Jordan and Syria
Basic health care provision for pastoral peoples in the Middle East has been difficult to provide due to their remoteness and mobility. Government services are designed for fixed, permanently domiciled populations. In the arena of health care, these marginal mobile or recently settled populations have had limited access to government health care provision.
Jordan and Syria have pursued different models of governmental health care; Jordan has set up health centres where Bedouin have settled whereas Syria has maintained general health services for its rural population, with some mobile services for Bedouin.
This study aims to:
* assess the current health status, health seeking behaviour and practices of marginal pastoral peoples in relation to reproductive and child health
* assess the scope of current health care delivery and the views of stakeholders - policy makers, health personnel and Bedioun themselves about it
* develop inpartnership with local providers, model interventions to improve access to and the quality of reproductive and child health care
* evaluate and disseminate the interventions locally, nationally and regionally.
The study will take place in the northern deserts of Syria and Jordan with the support of both Ministries of Health. The study sites within each area will include mobile and recently settled Bedouin.
In the 1st year a needs assessment will be carried out using quantitative and qualitative data collection on health service utilisation and resourcing, health seeking behaviour, as well as participatory learning and action techniques designed to generate an understanding of reproductive and child health care needs, provision and delivery.
The research teams and partners in the Ministry of Health and local communities will develop model pilot interventions in during Year 2 and 3 with ongoing evaluation.
These will be disseminated using innovative techniques at the local, national and regional levels to all stakeholders.