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ABSTRACT: Though the Palestinian society in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), with a population of 5.1 million, is facing a burden of problems, it can be described as a ‘digitized’ society, socially, economically, financially, educationally, and health-wise, as well as with respect to research and development at academic and research and development institutions. This study sheds light on digitization of the sectors of health and education, as they are primary sectors greatly affecting the Palestinian society. Providing quality health through digitization means providing citizens with outstanding services that save capital, time, and effort; especially ‘Good Health and Well-being’ is the 3rd Goal of the 17 United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Education through digitization means providing students with up-to-date techniques and technologies; especially ‘Quality Education’ is the 4th Goal of the SDGs. Both ministries of health and education in the OPT have made some progress with respect to digitization, though the Ministry of Health is still far behind the Ministry of Education and Higher Education. The digitization process of both health and education sectors is investigated in this paper, in view of the 2017–2022 national strategic plans of both health and education ministries, and in view of the UN’s SDGs, as well as the obstacles and challenges facing the telecommunications and information technology sector in the OPT. KEYWORDS: Digitization; Health Sector; Education Sector; Health and Education National Strategic Plans 2017–2022; Palestinian Society; Occupied Palestinian Territories; United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). FOR CITATION: Salem, H.S. 2020. Digitization of the Health and Education Sectors in the Palestinian Society, in View of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. A book chapter (PP: 53-89) in: Brauweiler, H.-C., Kurchenkov, V.V., Abilov, S., Zirkler, B. (Eds.): "Digitalization and Industry 4.0: Economic and Societal Development" An International and Interdisciplinary Exchange of Views and Ideas. 433p. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-658-27110-7. ISBN 978-3-658-27110-7. Springer Gabler, Heidelberg-Berlin-New York, Germany. https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783658271091and https://www.researchgate.net/publication/336813269_Digitization_of_the_Health_and_Education_Sectors_in_the_Palestinian_Society_in_View_of_the_United_Nations_Sustainable_Development_Goals_Book_Chapter_Springer_Germany

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This Book Chapter is of considerable importance because of the following reasons: 1) It investigated the status of digitization of the education and the health sectors, and the challenges facing digitization process and the sectors themselves in the Occupied Palestinian Territories; 2) It also investigated the communication system and its impacts on the digitization process; and 3) This was achieved, with respect to the National Strategic Plans 2017-2022, as well as with respect to the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (UN's SDGs).


Governments around the world are moving steadily towards digitization, in general, and of the education and health sectors, in particular. So, the occupied Palestinian Territories should not be an exception. Accordingly the costs of communications should be lowered to me affordable by the majority of people.

Prof. Dr. Hilmi S. Salem

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DOI: 10.1007/978-3-658-27110-7.
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