From a pragmatic toward a transformative mediation: Analyzing the experiences of Bedouin women mediators in perinatal health promotion.

  • Hagit Peres
  • Rachel Sharaby


Reduction of health gaps and disparities among ethno-cultural populations has become a central international goal for the last decade, with a strong emphasis on the improvement of accessibility to health services. Healthcare provision requires, beside physiological and bio-medical knowledge, deep understanding of the socio-cultural components, that are elemental social determinants of health. Recent decades of increased confrontation with marked health disparities of immigrants, indigenous and other disenfranchised populations, have stimulated by the urge to identify and deal nationally and internationally with cultural barriers (Mackenbach et al 2017).