Newsletter: Department of Health Promotion & the Environment

Department of Health Promotion and the Environment –
Meet the Team

AJEEC-NISPED, Department of Health




  • Mr. Ilan Fathi, director
  • Ms. Amny Athamny, North American liaison and coordinator of Salam Tek website, AJEEC-NISPED’s new Arabic language health promotion website for women. Amny also served as the director of the department from 2011-2013.
  • Ms. Faheema Atawna, department coordinator, including project coordinator for breast cancer outreach and awareness among Bedouin women in the Negev, sponsored by the Susan G. Komen Foundation
  • Ms. Nasreen Afawi, project coordinator of the program for women’s health ambassadors and the safety promotion program in partnership with Beterem – Safe Kids Israel
  • Ms.  Marwa Abu Arar, project coordinator for solar energy for sick children and their families and the ambulance program
  • Mr. Niv Michaeli, grants coordinator
  • Mr. Yasser Abu Rejila, ambulance driver to unrecognized Bedouin villages and  instructor of paramedic courses


And Ms. Ghada Abu Jabr, external evaluator (appointed by the Bernard van Leer Foundation)


Steering Committee: 

  • Prof. Ilana Belmaker, former Chief Public Health Officer of the Ministry of Health’s Southern Region and professor (emerita) at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev’s Department of Public Health
  • Prof. Ilana Shoham-Vardi, professor of epidemiology specializing in child and maternal health at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev’s Department of Public Health



Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beterem – Safe Kids Israel, Clalit Health Management Organization, European Union: Partnerships for Peace, Green Land Society for Health Development, Susan G. Komen Foundation, Koret Foundation, Magen David Adom (Israeli Red Cross), Ministry of Health, PlaNet Finance, Regional Council of El Kassum, Regional Council of Neve Midbar, Shatil, Social Finance Israel, Soroka University Medical Center and Breast Cancer Center


With special thanks to the Bernard van Leer Foundation for their magnanimous support of AJEEC-NISPED’s Department of Health Promotion and the Environment. 


New Health Promotion Website – In Arabic: Salam Tek


AJEEC-NISPED, Salam Tek, Salam Tak, Department of Health, Ilan Fathi, Amny Alathamny


New Program: Thanks to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, we are expanding our work on breast cancer awareness in the Bedouin community of the Negev with a program starting this September. 


Susan G. Komen, Breast Cancer, Bedouin Women


Meet some of our women health ambassadors: 


  • Huda Al Sayed: “For me, [participating in AJEEC-NISPED’s women’s health ambassador course] was significant because it opened my mind, taught me a lot of information, and raised my awareness on subjects of nutrition, maternal health, and children’s safety in the home. As a result, I gained greater awareness of my own health and my children’s health and nutrition, especially when I began to understand the consequences of unhealthy food in children’s development.  –> Read more from Huda


  • Rihab Alzbarka: “I really remember the interaction of the women during our meetings and the questions they ask. Every single story they share is from their own experience. From their sharing, I have learned that the best way to teach is through stories. I try to offer them a more modern scientific perspective to enrich their traditional knowledge.”  –> Read more from Rihab







Bernard van Leer Foundation, AJEEC-NISPED, Bedouin, Negev