108. Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics. Health Survey in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, 1996: Regional Report Series No. 1: North West Bank Region. Ramallah, 1998: 96 pp.
In Arabic and English.

This is a report on the health status survey of the Palestinian population in the North West Bank region. The report consists of three chapters. The first chapter presents the survey objectives and report structure. The second chapter describes the main findings and the third chapter describes the methodology, questionnaire, sampling design, and data processing. The sample of this survey is a sub-sample of the demographic survey. It was carried out through a stratified multi-stage sampling design, a sample of localities, followed by a selection of cells, and finally selection of households within cells. Results of the survey provide baseline data on health indicators such as health insurance, smoking, disability, reproductive and child health. The questionnaire used contained three sections, the household questionnaire, the women’s health/reproductive health, and the child health questionnaire. Findings of the survey indicate that 16.8% of the persons surveyed suffered from an unexpected illness or injury in the two weeks prior to the survey. With respect to children under five years of age, 14.5% were reported to have had a diarrhea episode and 28.3% were reported to have had a respiratory infection. The total smoking rate for the 14 years and above included in the sample was (23.9%); (44.8%) among males and (2.2%) among females. The findings also indicate that 71.9% of ever-married women have used modern contraception methods, with the IUD the most commonly used (24.4%).