A common approach among international donors and organizations is to treat the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza as if they were three distinct territories hosting different populations and requiring each a different strategy. While PMRS understands the obvious geographical, administrative and political constraints which shaped this approach, it considers that the latter is only feeding into the occupation’s goal which is to divide Palestinians and dilute the Palestinian identity by fragmenting it and isolating entire fringes of the population from each other and harms the pursuit of a unified sovereign Palestinian state.
PMRS is present in the West Bank, in East Jerusalem and in Gaza as the same organization. Its headquarters are located in Ramallah and while it has branches all over Palestine. PMRS’s programs are mainstreamed all over the country, in all the districts. PMRS’s management is structured around program directors on the one hand, who supervise the development and implementation of one program everywhere PMRS is present, and district managers on the other, who are responsible for the coordination of all activities under a project or program which are to be implemented in their district. For example, one of PMRS’s major programs is the Women’s Health Program. The program’s strategy and goals for the year are developed at headquarter level involving all the relevant staff and set for all districts, including East Jerusalem and Gaza. The Women’s Health Program coordinator is responsible for drafting the strategy and its dissemination, she supervises the collection of M&E data for the program and drafts the annual report on the program’s activities. District coordinators, by contrast, are responsible for keeping track of all the different projects and programs implemented in their districts, managing the staff in their district and ensuring the communication of information both horizontally between programs, as well as vertically, of potential challenges affecting the district to the higher management. District coordinators are also in charge of relaying potential specific needs of communities or beneficiaries in their district.
Lastly, it is important to note that it is due to our commitment to collaborate that we are able to execute our goals effectively and as efficiently as we do. Due to our mobile health clinic network of 580 communities, and our work within the communities we have established great rapport, which provides an incredibly robust foundation when implementing new work and initiatives.