OUR PALESTINIAN PARTNERS
GREEN LAND SOCIETY FOR HEALTH DEVELOPMENT
GLSHD has been an effective and committed partner, mentoring the healthcare service and using its goodwill to raise awareness of the need for volunteer drivers. Through meetings with local authorities and community health providers, they more than doubled the number of committed volunteer drivers.
Following the success of the first year of GLSHD’s volunteer driver program, Project Rozana increased its annual support to GLSHD so it can expand this free medical patient transportation in the West Bank. The aim is to provide transport to every patient in need, from home to checkpoint and back. They hand over to Road to Recovery and Humans without Borders drivers, on the Israeli side of the checkpoint. By the end of 2019 there were 150 registered volunteer Palestinian drivers in the program. They drove almost 100,000km, over 3,000 transfers for 321 patients.
This seamless home-checkpoint-hospital-checkpoint-home service is changing lives for the better.
GLSHD Coordinator Ruba explains the main reasons that people choose to become drivers.
“Some of them want to help when they have relatives who are sick. Some are related to children or patients who died and want to contribute to honor people who helped their family. There are some who feel for the first time that they are doing something valuable for society. We also have volunteers already taking a patient and would like to take another one with them.”
Pictured below is the inspirational head of GLSHD, Dr Abdul-Rahman, with patient families and volunteer drivers.
ST JOHN EYE HOSPITAL JERUSALEM
St John Eye Hospital was established in 1885 and is the pre-eminent standalone ophthalmological centre in the Middle East. It is the principal provider of eye care for Palestinians in East Jerusalem.
The majority of complex cases from the West Bank and Gaza are referred here. Serious eye disease is high among the Palestinian population; much of this is the result of consanguineous (first cousin) marriages.
As the only charitable provider, the importance of the hospital for the region cannot be overstated.
Dr Alaa’ Al Talbishi (pictured below), a Palestinian geneticist, has made a significant difference to the ocular electrophysiology service and retina clinic at St John Eye Hospital.
A Hereditary Degeneration Centre has opened at St John Eye Hospital. It is an important space for Palestinian patients to get diagnosis, treatment, advice.
AUGUSTA VICTORIA HOSPITAL
A church-hospital complex located on the southern side of Mount of Olives in East Jerusalem, one of six hospitals in the East Jerusalem Hospitals Network.
The compound was built in before the First World War by the Empress Augusta Victoria Foundation as a center for the German Protestant community in Ottoman Palestine.
Today, Augusta Victoria Hospital provides specialty care for Palestinians from across the West Bank and the Gaza Strip with services including a cancer center, a dialysis unit, and a pediatric center.
It is the second largest hospital in East Jerusalem, as well as the sole remaining specialized care unit located in the West Bank or Gaza Strip.
The hospital is now focusing much of its strategic efforts on establishing a palliative care facility as well as a care center for the elderly.
AVH is the first and only hospital to provide radiation therapy for cancer patients in the Palestinian territories and is the only medical facility in the West Bank offering pediatric kidney dialysis.
On a daily basis, these and other specialty services touch countless lives, both young and old, from communities across the Palestinian territories.
THE JERUSALEM PRINCESS BASMA CENTER
The Jerusalem Princess Basma Centre, is a charitable, non-governmental, non-profit institution entrusted under the Anglican Episcopal church. The centre provides services for children with disabilities in Palestine.
The vision is to give all Palestinian children with disabilities have to quality health services and inclusive education.
The goals are…
- Facilitate the integration and empowerment of children with disabilities and their families in the community through physical rehabilitation, inclusive education and capacity building.
- To develop and implement best approaches for physical rehabilitation and inclusive education, and transfer this knowledge to all stakeholders at the national level.
- To advocate for the rights of children with disabilities and influence policy and legislation.
The Jerusalem Princess Basma Centre…
- Provide physical rehabilitation services for children with disabilities.
- Provide inclusive education for children with disabilities.
- Empower children with disabilities, their mothers and families through participation, awareness raising and capacity building.
Supported by Project Rozana, recently they joined forces with the ALYN Hospital in West Jerusalem, a world-leading specialist in pediatric rehabilitation. This is to create a training project to build pediatric capacity in the Palestinian healthcare system.
Below is an example of JPBC’s excellent work in general.
Yamen, aged five, was diagnosed with autism at the Jerusalem Princess Basma Centre and is now enrolled in the Inclusive School.
The Centre responded to Covid-19 by introducing an online-therapy program. Through the care of the JPBC, Yamen’s opportunities for development and rehabilitation have been rescued.
As for Yamen, every time his favourite therapist appears on the screen, he exclaims ‘Wow’ and he claps his hands in delight!