Dr. Jumana Odeh Honored with 2017 World of Children Award

Congratulations to FXB fellow, Dr. Jumana Odeh, for her selection as one of four 2017 World of Children awardees. The award recognizes her for her long-standing work at the Palestinian Happy Child Centre in Ramallah with children who have developmental and learning disabilities or neurological disorders. This award is particularly prestigious as it is the alumni award–given to former awardees for their substantial further contributions. Dr. Odeh had previously been honored with the 2008 World of Children Health Award. For 2017, the World of Children organization notes: “Not only has she provided much-needed services for over 39,000 children, but she has also played an instrumental role in breaking down cultural stigmas. As she says, ‘The approach of PHCC is simple: involve the community so that they come to love and accept this group of children.’ ” The award ceremony will take place on April 19 in Beverley Hills, California. At Harvard FXB, Dr. Odeh has contributed to the Program on Empowering People with Intellectual Disabilities, founded by the late Heather Adams.

Read about this year’s award.

Read Dr. Odeh’s FXB biography.

Visit the Palestinian Happy Child Centre website.