PCHR Concludes Training Course for Nursing Association Members in Gaza Strip
Date: 10 March 2021
With the participation of 23 female and male nurses and in coordination with the Palestinian Nursing Association in the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) concluded on Wednesday, 10 March 2021, the 4th training course on: “Mechanisms to Promote Right to Health.” The 20-hour training course was held over the course of four consecutive days, from 04 – 10 March 2021 in Gaza City.
This training course comes within a series of courses held by PCHR under project “Promote, Respect, and Fulfill the Right to the Highest Attainable Standard of Health in the Gaza Strip,” implemented by PCHR in partnership with the Palestinian Medical Relief Society (PMRS) and funded by the European Union.
The project aims to improve access to healthcare, legal counseling and legal assistance for Palestinian patients; to mainstream the culture of international human rights and humanitarian law, particularly the right to health, by building the capacities of health sector employees; and to promote improved monitoring, documenting and reporting of violations of the right to health.
At the end of the course, PCHR held a closing ceremony where Abdel Halim Abu Samra, Head of PCHR’s Training Unit, emphasized the importance of holding training such training courses for doctors and nurses to develop and disseminate the culture of human rights, raise doctors and nurses’ awareness of the concepts relevant to the right to health and build their capacities and skills towards promoting the right to health and improving access to the highest standards of healthcare in the Gaza Strip. Abu Samra added that the training aims to train and empower a healthcare cadre able to provide healthcare services with a rights-based approach.
Additionally, Abu Samra commended the role of medical crews as the first defenders in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, praising the Palestinian Nursing Association’s role in defending human rights and the right to health. He also emphasized the importance of maintaining ties between PCHR and the Association to empower healthcare cadres, develop their capacities and enhance their role in defending human rights.
For their part, the participants praised the training program’s emphasis on building the capacities of health sector employees towards improving health services and access to health. They added that the training course brought them new knowledge, with the rich topics it addressed and its contribution to raising participants’ awareness of human rights in general, particularly the right to health. They also commended the competence of the trainers and the participatory and diverse training methodology.