Palestinagrupperna har sammarbetat med PRCS, Palestinska röda halvmånen, sedan mer än trettio år. Detta år fasas det fleråriga projektbaserade stödet ut i Beddawi där PGS och PRCS har samarbetat sedan 1993. Här berättar några kvinnor själva om klinikens kvinnogrupp.
Interviews with three participants of the women exercise group at PRCS Safad Hospital in Beddawi camp August 2011
The women exercise group was initiated in 2005 in the frame of the rehabilitation project of PRCS supported since 1993 by PGS. During several years of offering physiotherapy service, the team felt the need to better address the need for the large number of women that came to seek help for osteo-muscular problems and chronic pain syndromes. The team at Safad Rehabilitation clinic decided to start a pilot project of providing group exercises to women, with a focus on long-term prevention. In the Palestinian community women work a lot in their houses, cleaning, cooking, shopping and taking care of their children and their elderly, and they often have problems of neck, back and knee pain. The phenomenon that women go to clubs or gyms to do exercise and sports is not yet very accepted in the refugee camps, but when the physiotherapists at Safad Hospital started to offer this activity to the patients who finished their treatment at clinic, they liked the idea to join the training three times per a week. Moreover, their families accepted the idea as well, mainly due to that the training is leaded by female professionals and take place within the premises of Safad hospital.
The team organizes groups of 10 women who train 3 times per week for 6 months. In addition to the physical exercises, the women also receives information about anatomy, causes of neck and back pain, how to make prevention from pain by using their bodies in correct position and inform about good nutrition.
Each woman that takes part of the exercise is evaluated individually, and the overall results are very positive. The women really find that the groups help them to prevent pain, they become more active and they feel happier. They often mention that the activity also provides them with new friendship and that they have the chance to exchange many ideas and problems during this group, so, it ends up being as well an important social activity.
Siham Abu Dabous, the project manager of the PGS supported project with PRCS and also the leader of the women exercise group, made interviews with three of the participants.
Interview with Fatmeh, Fida and Nabeha, participants of the women group:
1. How and why did get in contact with this women exercise group?
Fatmeh: I had been treated for neck and back pain at physiotherapy department at Safad hospital. When I finished my treatment there, the physiotherapist (Siham Abu Dabbous) informed me about this group and she added the importance of doing the exercises for me to strength the muscles and prevent the pain to come back. I liked the idea, especially I noticed how much the exercises helped me during my treatment and also because I like sport so it was a good chance for me.
Fida: Before 3 years ago, I heard from my husband, who is working at Safad hospital, about the women exercise group, I found it a good idea, so I contact the supervisor trainer.
Nabeha: I heard about this group from my friend who joined the women exercises group and benefited a lot from the training. I had pain in my neck, arms and knees, so I talked to the trainer to join the group, she informed that she would contact me when they will start to train new group.
2. In what ways has this group exercise helped benefited you? What has been the main positive outcome of training in such group?
Fatmeh: During the training I got new friend and there was exchanges in knowledge and information in different fields. In fact, when we finished our training, I felt bad because it was a good time to take care for my body and do something interesting for me.
The main positive outcome of training in this group that I become more active, have more energy to work and do a lot of things. Moreover after the training I feel more happiness and in good mood.
Fida: It has benefited me to be more satisfied about my body and myself forever, and to make my own protection and prevention from having bones and muscle problems. This group helped me to have new friends; also I met Siham our leader in this women group, who has a cute and nice character and ability to train us.
Nabeha: I had new relationships with women from Nahr el Bahred and Beddawi camps and we became friends. It has also taught me how to be one soul and one hand in order how to prevent our selves from pain and physical problems.
The main positive out come of the training is stopping having medicine and visiting doctors to help me to reduce the pain.
3. Has the group exercise helped to reduce the problems you had before starting?
Fatmeh: Thanks a lot to everyone helped to succeed this activity because it has helped me to reduce the pain and helped me to be more active in my life.
Fida: I had pain in my knee, but the exercises decreased that pain and helped my bones and muscles to be stronger than before and my weight became less. Also we spent a nice time with the women group; it’s a good social activity.
Nabeha: The training helped me to reduce the pain that I had before the training because I used to do the exercises at my home too and following all the advices and guides that I learned from the trainer.
4. What would you suggest to improve this activity?
Fatmeh: I would like to suggest if there is a wider place with more equipment. And I hope to continue.
Fida: The place should be wider, have nutritionist, and funny activities at the end of the training.
Nabeha: To continue with this training, because all the women benefited a lot from this activity. It could benefit from a wider place and more equipment.