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Establishing A Child Research Unit Al-Quds University June 2 nd 2003 NORWAY Prepared by Mohammad Shaheen. Presentation Outline. Selected health and social conditions. Why do we need a child research center (CRC)? Opportunities and challenges Organizational chart of CRC.

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EstablishingA Child Research Unit

Al-Quds University

June 2nd 2003

NORWAY

Prepared by Mohammad Shaheen


Presentation outline
PresentationOutline

  • Selected health and social conditions.

  • Why do we need a child research center (CRC)?

  • Opportunities and challenges

  • Organizational chart of CRC


Selected statistics
Selected statistics

  • Palest population 3.4 million (WB 63.7%, 36.3%).

  • 53% of the total population is under 18 yrs.

  • Refugees (40%) vs. non-refugees (60%)

  • Total area WB SqK 5800, and GS SqK 360

  • Under Palestinian authority less than 20%


  • Total settlers/settlements, 400,000 in both WB and GS.

  • Total fertility 5.9 births (5.5 WB, 6.8 GS)

  • Per capita income dropped from $1610 1999, to less than $700/2003.


  • Literacy rate in 2000, 91% for individuals above 10 years of age.

  • Unemployment rate can range

    35%-60%.

  • Maternal mortality estimated apprx

    70 per 100,000 live births.

  • <5 Child mortality 32 per 1000

  • IMR 28 per 1000.



Nutritional status of children under 5 accidents are the main leading causes of death among children under 5.

  • More than 50% suffer from Anemia

  • Wasting 9.3%

  • Stunting 12%


Profile of al quds university
Profile of Al-Quds University accidents are the main leading causes of death among children under 5.

  • Al-Quds University is one of 8 local universities in the West Bank and GS.

  • Libraries (# of )books: Main library with around 14,000 books and Journals

  • Number of master thesis: 980


Al quds univ profile
Al-Quds Univ Profile accidents are the main leading causes of death among children under 5.

  • Number of students=6000

  • Grad=850 under grad=5150

  • Number of teaching staff=289

  • PhD holders =110

  • Master degree holders = 169

  • Bsc degree holders = 54

  • Students/instructors ratio = 20:1


Selected child related research al quds university
Selected Child -Related Research accidents are the main leading causes of death among children under 5.Al_Quds University

  • Nutritional assessment

  • Child development.

  • School health behaviors

  • Psycho-social related research

  • Screening children for hearing loss

  • Special education for Palestinian needy children.


Sources of funding
Sources of funding accidents are the main leading causes of death among children under 5.

  • USAID

  • Van Leer Foundation

  • EU

  • CIDA

  • Belgium

  • Islamic Bank

  • Kuwaiti fund


Why do we need a child research unit within al quds
Why do we need a child research unit within Al-Quds? accidents are the main leading causes of death among children under 5.

  • Children constitute more than 50% of the total population.

  • Inadequate resources and services allocated to children welfare, development and well being.

  • Lack of understanding of the impact of globalization and political transformation on Palestinian children.

  • Children have been the most affected by the current emergency situations.



Advantages of child research unit to academic education
Advantages of Child research unit to academic education fund-driven, occasional and don’t follow a strategic plan.

  • Combining research and education.

  • Stimulate interest in research in general and child research in specific.

  • Appreciate the importance of child research in informing policy and improving practice.


  • Encourage and support students in conducting child research in their required research projects and graduate thesis.

  • Develop and monitor wellness indicators that can be used in monitoring children’s wellness, health and development.

  • Advise local and international resource allocation on child conditions and priorities.





Challenges
Challenges address national needs/priorities .

  • Rapid changing environment

  • Politicization of research funding and findings

  • Limited number of researchers


  • Researchers are overloaded address national needs/priorities .

  • Financial constraints

  • No child research strategy

  • Fund driven projects



Opportunities
Opportunities address national needs/priorities .

  • Better appreciation for supporting research that can guide/advice policies

    and national plans.

  • Sense of competition is growing among local and regional universities.

  • Graduate and undergraduate students interest to pursue research projects including the thesis track.


  • Growing interest among donors to utilize more research for designing, monitoring and evaluating development projects.

  • Growing interest among teaching staff/professors to publish research in their fields.

  • Growing sense of responsibility among universities to work with public and private sectors.



What is needed for establishing child research unit
What is needed for establishing designing, monitoring and evaluating development projects.child research unit

  • Facilities

  • Needs assessment/strategic plans

  • Human resources

  • Financial resources

  • Supporting joint research projects

  • Operational cost


Research facilities designing, monitoring and evaluating development projects.

  • Space need to be created/found inside or outside the university.

  • Computer lab, soft wares, internet, and access to international libraries.

  • Data base

  • Conference room and training facilities.

  • Library and data base on children research and literature including website.


Human Resources designing, monitoring and evaluating development projects.

  • Training of local researchers on

    methods, tools and theories related to child research and development.

  • Graduate new child researchers through supporting graduate programs on child health, and development.

  • Support PhD candidates to study and focus on different children specialties.


Joint Projects designing, monitoring and evaluating development projects.

  • Support exchange programs for professors/students and researchers.

  • Partnership and joint research projects with child research groups such as this one

  • Support for the development of documentation, dissemination of research findings.

  • Support for funding a joint research project on children live under emergency situation such as Palestinians, Israelis, Iraqis, Lebanese etc..


Support for the operational cost
Support for the operational cost designing, monitoring and evaluating development projects.

  • Salary of a secretary and a director

  • Office running cost


Financial resources
Financial resources designing, monitoring and evaluating development projects.

  • International Support

  • Funds from local/national resources

  • Percentage of University budget for research

  • Partnership with other research institutions

  • Publications/dissemination

  • Training and conferences


Organizational chart
Organizational chart designing, monitoring and evaluating development projects.

Deanship

Research

Al-Quds U

Research

departments

Child research management

Coordinator

Secretary

Service

providers


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