Clinical Program Development
The Palestinian Medical Education Initiative was founded in 2007 to support medical education and healthcare delivery systems in Palestine through international partnerships. The founders included Michael Morse MD MPA, Samah Jabr MD, Wasseem El Sarraj, Elizabeth Berger MD M.Phil, Sherein Abdeen MA and Sam Bahour MBA. Since that time, the PMED staff has worked together on dozens of projects and programs, with a major focus on mental health and the integration of mental health into healthcare. Throughout our work, PMED has been dedicated to the values of human rights, transparency, stakeholder participation, and the development of a broad public health agenda.
In 2017, PMED signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Palestinian Ministry of Health to support health sector development in a variety of areas through assisting with policy planning, developing a spectrum of clinical services, and providing programs in medical education.
Until 2014, all of our programs had been supported through charitable donations from individuals and in-kind professional volunteer activity. In 2015, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) awarded PMED grant funding for the implementation of the Palestinian Mental Health Training Programme (MHTP) consisting of the Comprehensive School-Based Student Support Program, a program in CBT training for established mental health professionals, and a program on the integration of mental health in primary care for a Palestinian nongovernmental nonprofit health system. Following the implementation of these programs, his Excellency, Dr. Sabri Saidam, the Palestinian Minister of Education and Higher Education, expressed enthusiasm for utilizing the PMED training model within public schools throughout Palestine. PMED received grant funding from Fondazione AVSI to implement the comprehensive school-based training program at additional schools during 2016-2017.