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1 The Refugee Camp Project Palestine Sonya Patel, MS2

2 Palestine

3 Aims of ReCap To increase the awareness of the Palestinian refugee problem Research the mental health status of Palestinian refugee children Understand the needs & health challenges faced by refugees Understand the link between psychosocial status and health Building human resources by motivating medical students to become involved in NGO’s and organisations working in the field of refugee health

4 PHASE 1 Lectures & Workshops, Al- Quds University

5 Al-Quds -History of Israel-Palestine conflict -Accountability in international law -Palestinian refugee rights -UNRWA mental health work -Arabic lessons

6 PHASE 2 Camp Visits, Clinical Rotations, Activities

7 Camp Visits -Data collection & observation -Speaking with refugees

8 UNRWA Clinics -Primary care -Acute & Chronic -Antenatal -Vaccinations -Shadowing and data collection

9 Activities at Children’s Centers -Initially part of research -Dropped from research, but continued to plan activities

10 The Research Project -CBCLs for children aged 6-18 years -Modified to collect from UNRWA clinics

11 CHALLENGES Checkpoints & road blocks Palestinian Permits Water Cuts Project Cost

12 When? Early July to August Where? OPT How much? Housing and in-country travel is covered. Plane ticket, food, etc., are on your own. No visa for US citizens. Cultural concerns? Appropriate dress. No alcohol. Is it safe? Yes… and no. But yes. Well, your mom won’t think so. Logistics

13 For more info about the ReCap project: For info on UNRWA, visit


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