The pediatrician and challenges of care for Bedouin children in southern Israel

Jacob Urkin, Foad Elsana, Khalil Elbedour, Hana Shalev

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    The Bedouin population in southern Israel is expanding rapidly due to a high fertility rate and pediatricians who work with this population are aware of the social, environmental, and genetic factors that are influencing the health of the children. One issue in this population is consanguinity marriages, which are related to many inborn disorders. Temporary housing is another issue in this population associated with suboptimal sanitary conditions resulting in infectious diseases. Low income is also an issue influencing nutrition in both adults and children. The change from nomadic life to permanent housing in condensed communities in this population is also affecting human behavior. Pediatricians working in this region play an important role in improving the health of Bedouin children by their daily contact with parents, children and the local social and governmental agencies.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationBedouin Health
    Subtitle of host publicationPerspectives from Israel
    PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
    Number of pages8
    ISBN (Electronic)9781629482743
    ISBN (Print)9781629482712
    StatePublished - 1 Jan 2013

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Health Professions (all)
    • Medicine (all)


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