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Choices and Challenges in Changing Childbirth (CCCC)
Rita Giacaman, PharmD, MPh

Professor and Research & Program Coordinator
Institute of Community and Public Health
Birzeit University, Palestine

Educational Background:

Doctorate in Clinical Pharmacy, 1977, San Francisco Medical Centre, University of California, San Francisco, California, United States of America.
MPh, 1985, Sociology/Social Policy focus on health and women, University of Essex, Colchester, England.

Research Interests:

Psycho-social /mental health system building in war like conditions, social epidemiology, and women's health.

Selected Publications:

Giacaman R, Khatib R, Shabaneh L, Ramlawi A, Sabri B, Sabatinelli G, Khawaja M, Laurance T. (2009). Health Status and Health Services in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. The Lancet 373, 837-849.

Giacaman, R., Abu-Rmeileh, N., Mataria, A., & Wick, L. (2008). Palestinian women's pregnancy intentions; analysis and critique of the DHS 2004. Health Policy, 85, 83-93.

Giacaman, R., Abu-Rmeileh, N., Husseini, A., Saab, H., & Boyce, W. (2007). Humiliation: The invisible consequence of war for Palestinian youth. Public Health, 121, 563-571.

Fujiya, R., Jimba, M., Giacaman, R., Nakahara, S., Ichikawa, M., & Wakai, S. (2007). The influence of economics on the location of birth among Palestinian women in Bethlehem during the second Palestinian uprising. Tropical Doctor, 37, 13-18.

Giacaman, R., Abu-Rmeileh, N., & Wick, L. (2007). The limitations on choice: Palestinian women's childbirth location, dissatisfaction with the place of birth and determinants. The European Journal of Public Health, 17(1), 86-91.

Giacaman, R., Shannon, H., Saab, H., Arya, N., & Boyce, W. (2007). Individual and collective exposure to political violence: Palestinian adolescents coping with trauma. European Journal of Public Health, 17(4), 361-368.

Giacaman, R., Mataria, A., NGUYEN-GILLHAM, V., ABU SAFIEH, R., & STEFANINI, A. (2006). Quality of life in the Palestinian context: An inquiry in war-like conditions. Health Policy, 81(1), 68-84.

Mataria, A., Giacaman, R., Khatib, R., & Moatti, J. (2006). Impoverishment and patients' "willingness" and "ability" to pay to improve the quality of delivered care in Palestine: An assessment using the contingent valuation method. Health Policy, 75(3), 312-328.

Giacaman, R. (2005). Coping with conflict. editorial. Education for Health, 18(1), 2-4.

Giacaman, R., Wick, L., Abdul-Rahim, H., & Wick, L. (2005). The politics of childbirth in the context of conflict: Policies or de facto practices? Health Policy, 72, 129-139.

Wick, L., Mikki, N., Giacaman, R., & Abdul-Rahim, H. (2005). Childbirth in Palestine. International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics, 89, 174-178.

Giacaman, R., Abdul-Rahim, H., & Wick, L. (2003). Health sector reform in the occupied palestinian territories (OPT): Targeting the forest or the trees?  Health Policy and Planning, 18(1), 59-67.

Giacaman, R., & Halileh, S. (2003). Maintaining health education in conflict. The Lancet, 359, 1579-1580.

Giacaman, R., Jad, I., & Johnson, P. (2001). Transit citizens: Gender and citizenship in the Palestinian transition to statehood. In P. Johnson (Ed.), Gender and citizenship in the middle east.  Syracuse University Press.

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