West BankIn 2005, JSI launched the West Bank and Gaza Hanan Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition (MCHN) program, providing quality management, technical assistance, and training to the effort to improve access to quality health services and nutrition to women and children living in the highly populated and underserved region of Palestine. The project worked at two levels – mobilizing communities to demand improved health services and ensuring health centers and hospitals delivered accessible high quality services. The project fostered community-facility linkages for sustainable provision and use of services. Health messages targeting women, children and those who influence their health decisions were communicated in a lively and engaging manner through radio plays, songs, live theater, coloring books; community health workers employed by well-respected non-governmental organizations reinforced these messages. Working through health clinics and hospitals run by NGOs and the health ministry (when feasible), the team provided quality management support, technical assistance and equipment; support supervision training was provided to facility and governorate-level ministry staff, and protocols and checklists were developed in Arabic to facilitate the process.
The project benefited 190,000 women of reproductive age and 168,000 children under-five living in the West Bank and Gaza, by improving their access to quality maternal and child health and nutrition (MCHN) services and by promoting positive household and community MCHN-related behaviors. Hanan provided technical support and strengthened service delivery for 122 partner clinics and hospitals. Complementary community mobilization and communications and marketing interventions have created demand for essential MCHN services and indirectly reached even more beneficiaries.
JSI improved access to quality maternal and child health and nutrition services, promoted positive household and community MCHN-related behaviors and provided technical support and strengthened service delivery for 122 partner clinics and hospitals.
A young child receives life-saving care at a well-baby clinic in Jenin, West Bank supported by the Hanan Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition program.
The Hanan Mother & Child Health & Nutrition project improves maternal and neonatal health services at the Beit-Hanoon clinic in the West Bank.