The project informs current and future Health Information System (HIS) planning and implementation for adolescent reproductive health in the West Bank and Gaza Strip by generating evidence about its technical, social, and operational drivers, and recommendations to address gaps in data, indicators, and analysis. It explores the factors that influence the design and operation of a health information system for adolescent health in contexts of acute and protracted conflict, and the resulting conditions of fragility. Government entities and communities are engaged in a co-design and co-implementation approach to ensure future integration of the recommendations in the health information system. A cross-cutting focus on sound gender analysis and research ethics is integrated across the project, including how the questions and activities are framed and carried out, and how data is analyzed and used. Gender issues are studied at the systems level, examining gender dimensions such as who decides on the indicators, who collects, analyzes, and uses the data, the level of women’s involvement in decision-making and planning adolescent services, as well as the gender differences in workload and unpaid work related to a health information system for adolescent health. A strong capacity-strengthening strategy includes the training of graduate students, most of whom are women.

PI: Niveen Abu Rmeileh

Research team: Maysaa Nemer (Co-PI), Aysha Shalash, Tamara Mari, Yasmeen Wahdan