Juzoor believes that in order to make a sustainable and lasting impact on the health of Palestinians it must contribute to the national level policy dialogue, and help to effect positive change on the macro level. To that end, Juzoor implements a number of activities that:
- Stimulate the policy dialogue among stakeholders.
- Advocate for an evidence-based approach to policy formulation.
- Advocate for policies founded on the protection and promotion of basic human rights.
- Influence health policies toward institutionalizing continuing health professional development.
- Lobby for specific health and social policies to address needs.
- Disseminate information on policies.
- Monitor the implementation of policies.
Specific activities implemented by Juzoor under this strategy include:
Juzoor is one of a handful of organizations working to strengthen and improve midwifery education and standards of care in Palestine and to promote policies which recognize and utilize midwives as important providers in various health care settings. Juzoor's work with midwives has included: initiation of a platform through which midwives can discuss technical matters and advocate for midwifery issues; publishing a booklet appropriately titled "Midwifery in Palestine," discussing midwifery education, legal status and policy recommendations on how to promote and to strengthen the profession; and lobbying efforts with stakeholders to improve utilization of this important health care resource.
The Foundation has worked toward building alliances with several national bodies that influence the formation and implementation of health and social policies. Through alliances with organizations such as the Palestinian Medical Council, the Pediatric Society, Obstetrics and Gynecology Society, Palestinian Health Syndicate and the Nursing Syndicate, Juzoor is supporting and shaping the national policy debate on various important health and social issues.
National and Regional Networking
Juzoor regularly networks with national and regional organizations and institutions and is a part of numerous consortium's, forums and groups that work toward common goals. Juzoor helped create a national health policy forum to engage in focused discussions on critical health policies and challenges facing the Palestinian health system. In addition Juzoor has served as an advisor to the Ministry of Planning, helped lead the Population Forum, and is part of the Health NGOs consortium for ESCOW, Middle East Health Policy Forum, Arab Social Forum, and part of the Jerusalem NGO collation. The Foundation enjoys strong working relationship with the Ministry of Health and its different departments and has implemented several projects with the Ministry such as capacity building and training, development of guidelines, organizing joint workshops and conferences, supporting the midwifery program, and implementing the psychosocial program. As part of its involvement in national and regional networks, Juzoor has participated in numerous conferences and workshops held by organizations such as the American Public Health Association, ALSO International, World Health Organization, UNRWA, Palestinian Ministry of Health, Bir Zeit University, Bethlehem University, Al-Quds University, USAID, and a number of local NGOs. The Foundation contributes to the conferences (which are held on a variety of topics) through writing position papers, providing expert opinion, and conducting presentations. Apart from attending conferences organized by other groups, Juzoor also organizes conferences and workshops in cooperation with local and international groups on various subjects including nutrition in emergency situations, pediatric emergencies, breastfeeding and natural childbirth, among others. These workshops and conferences give health providers and the wider public the opportunity to learn the latest updates on different health issues, meet other professionals and laypeople who share an interest in the subject, and network with international consultants and guests.