WOMEN'S INVOLVEMENT IN UNRWA FAMILY PLANNING SERVICES: A STUDY OF PALESTINIAN REFUGEES

During my study abroad program in Amman, Jordan, I worked with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) to investigate women's perceived level of self-agency with regards to accessing family planning services at UNRWA clinics. 

For this study, I conducted a review of the literature to refine my research objectives, then worked with an Arabic translator to design an interview guide. With the help of my translator I conducted six semi-structured interviews with clients at the clinic and one provider. Further, I collected material culture in the form of brochures from the clinic. 

Interviews and material culture were analyzed for themes. It was found that those interviewed felt they had sufficient control of their reproductive decisions and that they felt empowered by the services at the UNRWA clinics. 

This study was completed as a requirement for the SIT Jordan: Community Health and Development study abroad program and a write up can be found at the SIT website