Al Ahli Hospital, Gaza
Founded 1882, Al Ahli Arab Hospital is located in Gaza City and occupies a beautiful campus in the city center. With well-tended grounds, it is a haven of peace in the middle of one of the world’s most troubled places. The political status of Gaza affects all aspects of life there because of restrictions on movement of materials and people in and out. Electricity, medicines, food, fuel, and personnel are all restricted to some extent. However, Al Ahli Arab Hospital, offering 80 beds, continues to provide some of the finest medical care available in the region. For example, Ahli runs a completely free-of-charge program for early detection of breast cancer among women above 40 years of age. In addition, the Center for Elderly Women and the Mobile Clinic Program provide free medical care and food to people from surrounding towns and villages.
The Hospital is also now sponsoring Gaza’s first physician training for Minimally Invasive Surgery. Plans are in development for adding a Cancer Center featuring radiation treatment. In a region where hardship is commonplace, the harsh conditions in Gaza especially stand out. Nevertheless, Al Ahli Arab Hospital represents a beacon of peace and hope for all the people it serves.
St. Luke’s Hospital, Nablus, Palestine
Established more than 100 years ago, St. Luke’s Hospital in Nablus is aptly named for the Christian Evangelist, Gospel Writer, and physician. It is a hospital of 60 beds that provides both general and specialty medical care and surgical services. These include intensive care, outpatient treatment, rehabilitation, obstetrics, and neonatal intensive care. As one of the first hospitals in the Nablus area, St. Luke’s continues to assert a vital presence in this city of more than 300,000.
Currently, a new emergency and trauma center is being equipped, as well as a new neurosurgery program, both providing much-needed services in the region. In addition, recent restructuring and reorganization is enhancing programs in urology and orthopedics, ensuring that the hospital adapts to the changing needs of its patients.
St. Andrew’s Diabetes Clinic, Ramallah, Palestine
Located on the campus of St. Andrew’s Church, this outpatient clinic was founded in 2013 to focus on treating the complicated consequences of diabetes. Open to all regardless of faith, the clinic offers screening,
counseling, and treatment for diabetic or pre-diabetic patients, as well as educational programs that promote cardio-vascular health. The clinic’s services are available to anyone who cannot otherwise afford treatment elsewhere, with a sliding scale fee being used to allow those in need to have access to high quality care.
The Penman Clinic, Zababdeh, Palestine
Begun in 1992 as an outreach program of St. Matthew’s Church and St. Luke’s Hospital, Nablus, the Penman Clinic—named after a former Archbishop of Melbourne—is a community clinic located in the northern West Bank
town of Zebabdeh, one of only a handful of municipalities in Palestine with a majority Christian population. In this relatively rural area, the clinic is an essential primary care facility for not only the residents of this town, but also those living in nearly two-dozen surrounding villages. A general physician is available at all times in the clinic. Other specialists assist at designated times, providing more specific care. Dental services are also available every day. With a clinical laboratory and pharmacy, the Penman Clinic is a uniquely comprehensive healthcare resource for the residents of the northern West Bank.
Jerusalem Princess Basma Centre
The Jerusalem Princess Basma Centre (JPBC), located on Jerusalem’s Mount of Olives, operates under the umbrella of the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East, and under the supervision of the Anglican Archbishop in Jerusalem, in the fields of Health, Disability, and Inclusive Education.
JPBC implements long-term, community-based programs and has always maintained a clear vision of providing Comprehensive Rehabilitation and Inclusive Education through the Child Rehabilitation Centre and the Inclusive School.
The JPBC Child Rehabilitation Centre has a track record of quality service, and accordingly, obtained the International Standard for a Quality Management System ISO 9001:2008 in 2006, 2009 and 2012. It then moved to the Joint Commission International Accreditation (JCIA) for Ambulatory Care, which is on a three-year cycle, and has been achieved three times: in 2015, 2018 and 2021.
Through its Child Rehabilitation Centre, JPBC provides treatment and rehabilitation for Palestinian children with disabilities from the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and Jerusalem, for ages 0-15. It is a member of the East Jerusalem Hospital Network, and the main referral Centre for the Palestinian Ministry of Health for treatment of Children with Disabilities (CwD). It also acts as a National Resource Centre for capacity building, clinical training, dissemination of knowledge, and best practices to practitioners and partner organizations.
Our Inclusive School is a unique model of inclusive education serving children with disabilities from Jerusalem from Kindergarten up to the 12th grade.
Mother and Family Empowerment Program (MFEP): This program is attached to the Comprehensive services at the Child Rehabilitation Centre. Through this program, JPBC provides training on rehabilitation for the mothers and families, awareness-raising and education for mothers, and psychosocial support.
Outreach program: The Jerusalem Princess Basma Centre serves children from across the West Bank through our Outreach Program. Making an average of 60 outreach visits and assessing over 1300 children a year, the Centre is able to support families that do not have access to adequate medical expertise. Children in need of specialized treatment are referred to the rehabilitation centre in East Jerusalem.
The Professional Clinical Training Program: In partnership with Palestinian Universities, a Clinical Training Program is provided to students in the fields of Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy, Social work, and Special Education. Forty university students on average attend the Clinical Training Program each year.