The Palestine Academy for Science and Technology participated in conducting a study of "the impact of the Corona pandemic on the Palestinian family" through an electronic questionnaire distributed through the Facebook platform of the Palestine Academy for Science and Technology. The study included a total of 570 Palestinian adults. Of these, 192 are East Jerusalem residents, 120 are West Bank residents, and 258 are Gaza Strip residents.
The article "The Impact of the Corona Pandemic on the Palestinian Family: A Cross-Sectional Study" was published in the peer-reviewed scientific journal SAGE Open Medicine. This study was based on the initiative of the researcher Dr. Samer Abu Zerr, who works in the Quality Improvement and Infection Control Unit at the Palestinian Ministry of Health - Gaza Strip, and in coordination with Dr. Amirah A. Shaheen from the College of Public Health at An-Najah National University and chair of OWSD Palestine National Chapter, and through research cooperation with the College of Public Health at the University of Montreal, Canada, under the supervision of Professor Kate Zinzer, during his research visit to the University of Montreal within the Palestinian Quebec Science Bridge Program, and also with participation of Dr. Abdul Hamid Belbeisi and Ali Elderawi from the Palestinian Ministry of Health, and Dr. Salem Al-Shaarawi from the Portuguese University of Minho.
The study included a total of 570 Palestinian adults. Of these, 192 are East Jerusalem residents, 120 are West Bank residents, and 258 are Gaza Strip residents.
The vast majority of the study participants reported that the water supply to their homes was cut off during the Corona pandemic, However, paying attention to personal hygiene and home cleaning was more than usual before the announcement of the coronavirus disease pandemic.
Also, almost half of the participants reported that there was no electricity supply around the clock in their homes, and the majority of these were residents of the Gaza Strip, accounting for 91%. And in general, after the spread of the epidemic.
In general, after the spread of the epidemic, three quarters of the study participants reported that the measures to contain the Corona pandemic constituted a burden on their families. There were statistically significant differences between the average number times of going out the homes before and after the announcement of the spread of the epidemic. The rate of leaving home has decreased significantly after the pandemic.
The researchers suggest discussing the obtained results of the study with local stakeholders to ensure that this knowledge is translated for the benefit of society. The results of the study can support in the direction of improving policy-making and taking regional and spatial measures during future epidemic crises in order to enhance community health and create better living conditions that take into account the impact of such crises on physical health, and the role that local authorities can play in helping to address The consequences of social isolation during the spread of the new Corona epidemic.