Health Rights Center

The HRC is one of the oldest departments of the Galilee Society. Since its establishment the Galilee Society has been working to promote and advance the health rights of the Palestinians in Israel. The HRC, in collaboration with other civil society stakeholders, advocates for an adequate health-oriented atmosphere for all Palestinians in Israel and for the advancement of health issues on the local and national level.

By engaging the general public, local authorities and state agencies, such as the Ministry of Health, the Center applies a holistic approach to incorporating health practices into individual’s daily lives and mainstreaming health concerns into the agenda of decision-makers.

Stemming from these convictions, and advocating a broad and holistic view of health, the HRC works to improve the health conditions and standards of Palestinians in Israel as well as promote their health rights through a variety of strategies including health education, lobbying and advocacy, community empowerment and research. These strategies are applied through two spheres of operation; the Core Program, leading cutting-edge national programs aimed at attaining structural change within the Palestinian community through introducing new models of operation in the field of health promotion, and Restricted Projects.

The latter are specific topic-oriented projects pertaining to either defined diseases or imminent needs of the community such as breast cancer, chronic diseases, HIV/AIDS, drug and alcohol abuse and many more. In so doing, the Center works to increase Health Literacy and empower the Palestinian community to become more aware and able to protect itself against health hazards and diseases and lead a healthier lifestyle.