Support to PMRS 2016-2019 - Support to PMRS

Activity identifier

The Palestinian Medical Relief Society (PMRS) has applied for 45 M SEK to partly fund their Core Activities which entail that Palestinians, who visit PMRS clinics and centers, without discrimination, have access to quality primary health care,local communities are empowered to advocate for their rights with emphasis on youth, women and marginalized groups.

Expected results

PMRS' results framework 2013-2019 includes three goals with several outcomes and outputs per each goal. The first goal, for example, has the following five outcomes: a) access to comprehensive quality primary health care services to all Palestinians without discrimination, b) readiness by Palestinians to respond to emergency situations, c) good primary health care models are shared with relevant actors in Palestine d) targeted communities (with a special focus on women) have demanded their health and education rights and finally e) PMRS is an efficient and more sustainable organisation. Sweden's assessment is that there are too many outcomes and outputs and many of these outcomes/outputs are general and ambitious. A good example is output 1.1 "Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza have access to quality preventive and curative primary health care services in PMRS's Medical centers." On the other hand, other outputs are assessed as realistic. Another good example is output 2.1 "existing models are shared". Although it is not specific with whom the models are shared and on what level, they sound more realistic. An output like this one 3.1 "emergency plans are developed" is both, specific and realistic. Sweden shall dicsuss this with PMRS as a dialogue issue so as to revisit the organizations strategic goals, outcomes and outputs.


Sweden's cooperation with PMRS in 2017 was good, as exhibited in meetings and field visits. One of the major achievements was the inauguration of the Nuwwara center for women as a safe space for women seeking legal advice, counseling, and information about their rights. The center's inauguration was a step forward in activating the National Referral System for the prevention of gender-based violence. The location of the center was determined jointly by PMRS and the Ministry of Health, given the gap in services for gender-based violence victims. Throughout the group sessions held at the Nuwwara center, the following topics were of interest to the majority of women and girls: early marriage, divorce, child support and custody, and inheritance rights. The center's model could be replicated in other parts of Palestine. PMRS' role among health stakeholders has been strengthened through the center's inauguration, since it fosters cooperation with the Ministry of Health, women's organizations, courts, and the Ministry of Social Development's Protection Unit; such cooperation leads to higher efficiency in tackling gender-based violence. Additionally, PMRS have continued to offer basic primary health care services to vulnerable communities, and have focused on the quality of their services, through patient satisfaction surveys, and focus groups. It is important to note here that some of the services are offered to vulnerable communities, who might not have the luxury of choosing the services they can get; introducing positive bias into their answers. Additionally, the Women's Health Program of PMRS was focused on raising awareness on breast cancer in 2017, and the School Health Program continued to offer medical screening days, regular medical checkups, and health education sessions. The other programs run by PMRS, such as the community-based rehabiliation program, the psychosocial support program, and the mobile clinics have increased their outreach.  PMRS have organized medical screening days on different occasions and locations; however, the mechanism for following up on cases is unclear. With respect to breast cancer, there is an agreement with the Augusta Victoria Hospital in East Jerusalem to refer cases for further treatment and follow-up. This is not applicable to all the programs that PMRS runs; for instance, the Ministry of Education selects the schools that PMRS is responsible for to deliver health education sessions, and the process is uncoordinated and at times more than one actor handles the same school, leading to some confusion and burnout among the teachers, parents, and students. New partnerships with universities have been started, especially on promoting sexual and reproductive health and rights and on dental and oral hygiene, in an overall effort to engage with youth. During 2018 PMRS plan on scaling up their work in East Jerusalem, especially with youth, through additional funds from Sweden.  Another major achievement for PMRS in 2017 was engaging with different committees, ministries, and NGOs on the rights of people with disabilities, by reviewing the Palestinian Disability Law. The issue of malpractice was also tackled with the support of the Law Institute of Birzeit. Engaging in discussions to advance advocacy efforts related to people with disabilities and medical malpractice is important, but should not deflect PMRS from their main work of working on primary health care. PMRS engage in various critical topics, but could potentially reach higher impact if the work is carried out more systematically and involves more like-minded organizations. 



Granting agency
Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
Implementing organisation
Developing country-based NGO
Aid type
B01 - Core support to NGOs, other private bodies, PPPs and research institutes
Palestine 2015-2019


Palestinian Territory, Occupied


Basic health care


Activity length
2016 – 2020

Financial information

Paid per year (net value)
2016 USD 1 297 259
2017 USD 1 298 701
2018 USD 1 657 001
2019 USD 1 021 817
Total paid amount (net value)
USD 5 274 778
Total committed amount


DisbursementThe amount placed at the disposal of a recipient country or agency.
Type Description Receiver Org Transaction ID Date Value
Commitment---2016-03-01USD 5 937 007
USD 1 297 259
USD 1 298 701
USD 1 657 001
USD 1 021 817

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Focus areas (policy markers)

Marker Principal objective Significant objective Not targeted
Gender Equality
Aid to Environment
Participatory Development/Good Governance
Trade Development
Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity
Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Framework Convention on Climate Change - Mitigation
Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Framework Convention on Climate Change - Adaptation
Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Convention to Combat Desertification
Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (RMNCH)


Activity data from IATI