Deema, 12 years, from the Gaza/Gaza Strip, suffers from bone cancer and needs 20 sessions of chemotherapy, she is accompanied by her mother for the first time after receiving five sessions on her own. Deema says she wants to finish the treatment and go back to school with her friends. Dozens of children come to the hospitals in Jerusalem for treatment from cancer and other diseases. Support East Jerusalem hospitals to continue providing treatment for children.
Maria a 25 days old infant from Jabalia, Gaza Strip was born with a congenital heart defect which required her immediate transfer to Makassed Hospital in Jerusalem for an operation. She is accompanied by her grandmother since her parents' permission to accompany her to Jerusalem was denied.
Her grandmother says that the hospital is equipped with the necessary equipment to conduct the heart operation for children of this age and prays she will get back to her mother who does not stop crying.
Maria, the angelic infant, is in dire need for the operation. Without the services provided by Jerusalem hospitals, the chances of survival of children like Maria are very low.
Saja, 6 years from Yatta, Hebron, suffers from cancer and undergoes intensive chemotherapy and radiotherapy, only available at the specialized pediatric unit at the Augusta Victoria Hospital in Jerusalem. Despite her young age and the pain that accompanies the treatment, the beauty of her smile and her radiant eyes are the first to greet her visitors. Saja’s mother says she is responding to the treatment and her doctors are optimistic she will recover from the disease.
Augusta Victoria Hospital and the other five hospitals in the East Jerusalem Hospital Network are facing a financial crisis.
Without your support, how will children like Saja receive necessary treatment by the Jerusalem hospitals?
The East Jerusalem Hospitals Network (EJHN) consists of six hospitals, which in the words of the World Health Organization “have had a historic role in the development of the Palestinian health care system and training of health professionals”. They have been the main providers of tertiary referral care for Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip for health services of which the Ministry of Health is unable to provide, such as cancer patients , cardiac and eye surgeries, neonatal intensive care and pediatric cardiology, children’s dialysis and physical rehabilitation of children, in addition to providing critical treatment for Palestinian refugees at the Augusta Victoria Hospital per agreement with UNRWA. Defunding the hospitals will undermine the public health of an already vulnerable population that has almost no other options.
UNRWA has for seventy years provided assistance and protection to five million Palestinian refugees in the West Bank, Gaza, Syria, Jordan and Lebanon, and provided them with the necessary education and medical services. UNRWA also sends patients to the August Victoria Hospital in Jerusalem for tertiary medical care. The decision to cut one-third of UNRWA’s total budget will strain its ability to provide education and health services to Palestinian children as well as infrastructure, microfinance and emergency programs to the broader community.
Taawon, as a leading NGO, has invested over $150 million during the past 35 years, in response to Palestinians’ health care needs, with over $25 million invested the establishment of the EJHN and the operations of its member hospitals. Taawon is launching this appeal to its generous supporters to urgently contribute to supporting the hospitals to enable their continued provision of tertiary medical services to marginalized and uninsured Palestinians, to meet the Israeli re-licensure requirements and to support UNRWA to ensure the continuation of educational services to Palestinian refugees.
Your contribution of any amount will support the provision of educational and medical services to refugee and marginalized Palestinians.
Extend a helping hand to refugees and marginalized patients at the East Jerusalem Hospitals
“I dream of becoming a teacher to instill values of patience, faith and strength in future generations” -- Amani, 9-year-old girl from the village of Beit Iksa near Ramallah, West Bank
For the last 3 years, Amani has been suffering from renal failure and is undergoing treatment in the dialysis unit at the Augusta Victoria Hospital in Jerusalem three times a week; the only hospital providing pediatric dialysis medical care in her area. Amani has many aspirations; the largest is to regain her normal life.
Help Amani and other children to continue receiving specialized treatment at the six Jerusalem hospitals.
The recent decision by the Trump administration to cut the United States’ aid to UNRWA operations by $350 million, with an additional cut of $25 million that were earmarked to support the East Jerusalem Hospitals Network, has serious ramifications on the lives and livelihoods of marginalized and refugee Palestinians.
Taawon is launching this appeal to its generous supporters to urgently contribute to supporting the hospitals to enable their continued provision of tertiary medical services to marginalized and uninsured Palestinians, to meet the Israeli re-licensure requirements and to support UNRWA to ensure the continuation of educational services to Palestinian refugees.
Your contribution will be giving a patient in need the gift of healing, health, and well-being.
Together, we will keep the spirit of giving alive!