The Arab American University in Jenin celebrates the launch of the “Pulse of Life” application

The Arab American University has announced the launch of the “Pulse of Life” application, the first of its kind in Palestine that contains health information for expectant mothers and their children throughout the year.


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The first of a child’s life, in partnership with the Ministry of Health and the World Vision Foundation.
It took place during a ceremony, organized in the city of Ramallah, under the patronage of the Minister of Health, Dr. Mai Al-Kaila, in which the launch of the National Breastfeeding Week in Palestine was also announced, under the slogan “Let’s promote breastfeeding – educate and support”, and within the maternal and early childhood health program. Come, my little one, come up,” which is celebrated in more than 170 countries around the world, with the aim of highlighting the importance of breastfeeding, which provides health and well-being for children, in addition to the qualitative shift of mental health by focusing on food, poverty reduction and food security.
The university, through the Haseeb Al-Sabbagh Center for Excellence in Information Technology, incubated the Nabd Al-Hayat application, which was programmed on the Android and IOS language and provided all the necessary support to run these applications from servers, databases and protection too late .
The ceremony was attended by His Excellency, the Palestinian Minister of Health, Dr. Mai Salem Al-Kaila, the Vice-President of the Arab American University for Academic Affairs, Dr. Muayyad Abu Sa`a, who the President of the University, prof. Dr. Ali Zaidan Abu Zuhri, the Director of the World Vision Office in Palestine, Ms. Lauren Taylor, and the representative of the Director of the Office of the World Health Organization in Palestine, Dr. Nadim Al-Barghouti, the Deputy Representative of UNICEF in Palestine, Ms Michaela Al-Bassini, the Director of the Hassib Al-Sabbagh Center for Excellence in Information Technology at the Arab American University, Eng Ahmed Fouad, the lecturer at the Faculty of Information Technology at the university , Mr. Sami Awad, and the employee at the Hassib Al-Sabbagh center, Mr. Mahmoud Mahamid.

Speech from the Arab American University
In a speech to the Vice President of the Arab American University for Academic Affairs, Dr. Muayyad Abu Sa`a, he welcomed the participants and the greetings of the president of the University, prof. Dr. Ali Zaidan Abu Zuhri, conveyed and explained that the “Pulse of Life” application was developed with the implementation and supervision of cadres from the university and their colleagues in the Ministry of Health and the World Vision Foundation.
He said, “The Arab American University strives to be a distinguished academic building by graduating generations of students who exceed local and global expectations with the highest principles of ethics, and whose research and innovations have an effective impact on society must have. It also seeks to create an open environment for cultural and knowledge exchange, leading to It aims to revitalize scientific research, creativity, innovation and leadership, and is eager to establish high-level cooperative relationships build.”
He continued, “We at the Arab American University, through the Hassib Al-Sabbagh Center and the Information Technology Department, have worked and are working to provide full logistical and technical support for the success of the Pulse of Life application project, where a team of programmers was hired to fully complete the application, and the Arab American University provided all the requirements and infrastructure. Infrastructure of servers, networks and technical capabilities to serve users all day.
Dr. Abu Sa’a explained that the idea of ​​the application was conceived in 2015 by the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology at the Arab American University under the supervision of dr. “Mohamed Marei”, and the implementation of the two students, was launched. , “Swar Khalil Ibrahim and Yafa Rai”, so that this ambitious research becomes a living model for transforming the educational and research outputs of our students into projects for the benefit of society despite the challenges and obstacles we face , emphasizing that the university is still and will remain the University of the Palestinian people, and on its promise to be an educational and academic building of which our people are proud, an incubator for creativity and distinguished members of society, and ‘ a creative and ground-breaking educational environment for its academic and scientific components and abilities It is an important, which contributes to the building of the Palestinian person, through its distinguished efforts to promote the education movement, which is one of the essential and important areas for the revival and advancement of peoples is.

What is the application of the pulse of life?
For his part, the director of the Hassib Al-Sabbagh Center at the university, engineer Ahmed Fouad, gave an overview of the Nabd Al-Hayat application, where he said: “This application is concerned with the health of mothers and children, as it gives the mother access to reading, audio and visual guidance material to improve her health education, which aims to provide the mother and the public with information about the physical and psychological health of mothers, as well as personal information about the care and feeding of children during their first year of life.
He pointed out that the idea of ​​the application stems from the success of the Maternal, Child and Early Childhood Health Project, implemented for many years by the World Vision Foundation and the Ministry of Health, which showed positive results on health . of the mother and her child by changing the lifestyle and behavior of mothers for the better, explained that the “Pulse” application was developed “Al-Hayat” with local Palestinian experiences and in partnership with the Arab American University by the Haseeb Al- Sabbagh Center for Excellence in Information Technology, to support this success and reach the largest possible number of beneficiaries.
Fouad explained that the application is designed in such a way that messages are presented to users according to their state upon registration. For example, if the user registers that she is a six-month pregnant mother, the messages she receives are generally intended for the pregnant mother in her sixth month. The application is also designed to be flexible, so that messages are sent specifically for emergencies, as happened during the Corona pandemic.
And he indicated that a trial period for the “Pulse of Life” application was carried out for a period of six months to evaluate it, in which 970 mothers from different governorates of the West Bank participated and they are in different stages of pregnancy or have children of different ages, and 853 of them indicated that the application was easy to use, and 958 of them. They confirmed that messages in the app are easy and clear, and 866 of them confirmed that notifications arrive at the right time.
In turn, the Minister of Health, Dr. Mai Al-Kaila, the Arab American University and the World Vision Foundation thanks for the efforts they made to launch the application and to pay attention to the sector of pregnant mothers and their children, especially in their first year, a profession done on institutions and universities to implement similar projects for human health, which is the most valuable thing we have.

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