Health

Graduates of Eastern Galilee Health Equity training

Graduates of Eastern Galilee Health Equity training

The right to adequate health care is a vested human right. Unfortunately, health care services provided in Israel’s peripheral regions are significantly inferior to those available in the center of the country.  In fact, recent academic studies as well as government surveys demonstrate that individuals residing in northern Israel suffer from illnesses more often, are hospitalized more frequently and, on average, can expect to live for a shorter period of time than other Israelis. And these are only some of the health gaps from which northern residents suffer.

As an organization dedicated to social justice and equal opportunity, Shatil is dedicated to improving health care in Israel’s social and economic periphery. To this end, in 2013 Shatil collaborated with other civil society organizations l to launch the Northern Health Equity Leadership Project. Aimed at improving health care by addressing the economic, social and political discrepancies that influence individual and public health the project brings together prominent figures and community leaders active in civil society, local and national government, the media and the medical community to lead the health rights movement in northern Israel.  Graduates of three Northern Health Equity Leadership trainings established the Citizens’ Forum for the Promotion of Health in the Galilee which works on the local, regional and national levels to bridge health gaps between the north and center of the country.

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