Date of Award


Degree Type

Restricted Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Public Health

Field of Study

Health Management and Policy


School of Public Health


Hamarna, Rami A., Humanitarian and Technical Assistance to the Palestinian Health Sector: Donors’ Policy and Behavior Analysis. Master of Public Health (Health Management and Policy), December 2004, 170pp, 19 Tables, 41 Illustrations, bibliography, 104 titles. International assistance to the Palestinian health sector is reviewed in this thesis. Assistance to the health sector has been the major force towards developing a sound health infrastructure in the Palestinian territories. I argue that Palestinians are much like other recipients of aid for the health sector. This thesis explores the high aid dependence of Palestinians and the great influence of donors. I highlight that donors used aid conditionally, in its different forms, to intrusively interfere in Palestinian national planning and reform. Palestinians are no exception and they, like other countries, have been subject to relatively similar kinds of conditions. However, they were exceptional in the timing, in the great need for aid, and in the political context, which has impacted the effectiveness of the aid.