MASHAV Course on Occupational Health for PA Officials

(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesman)
February 5, 1998

For the first time, in Israel, a course in Occupational Health and Safety Services was held for 29 officials from the Palestinian Authority. Those who attended included doctors, nurses, occupational safety and behavioral science specialists. The course was held under the auspices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Department for International Cooperation (MASHAV).

The course’s closing ceremony will take place today, Feb. 5, at 12:00 noon in the auditorium of the Fleischman building at Levinstein Hospital. Attending the ceremony will be the Ambassador of Denmark to Israel, the Head of the Royal Danish Representation at Jericho, representatives of the Palestinian Council, the Director General of the Palestinian Ministry of Labor, representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and MASHAV, as well as the Chief of the Occupational Health and Rehabilitation Institute.

This project was undertaken at the initiative of the Palestinian Ministry of Labor, Kupat Holim, the Palestinian Health Council and the Economic Cooperation Foundation. The course, whose funding was provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will aid in laying the future foundation for occupational safety within the framework of the Palestinian Ministry of Labor and in enhancing expertise in developing occupational health and safety services.

The course, which was held at the Occupational Health and Rehabilitation Institute at Levinstein Hospital in Ra’anana, lasted some six months and included 35 sessions. Among the medical subjects studied were: epidemiology, occupational toxicology, occupational hygiene and safety, as well as psycho-social aspects of employment.