Despite ongoing conflicts in the Middle East, there are a number of organisations that have used the provision of and education in medicine to bridge gaps between communities, countries, and groups involved in the conflict. These organisations base this work on the idea that medical ethics and the Hippocratic oath are blind to religion, race, nationality, and ethnicity.
By/ August 09, 2015
Founded in 2001, IsraAID is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation committed to providing life-saving disaster relief and long term support around the World to those in need, in the form of professional medics, search and rescue squads, post-trauma experts, and community mobilisers, etc. They have great cultural sensitivity and adaptability and recognize that equal respect to all is vital to earning trust and building long-term partnerships for change.
Over the past decade, they have responded to crisis in 29 countries (including Sierra Leone, Darfur, China, Haiti, Iraq, Japan, Jordan, South Korea, Pakistan, the Philippines, Serbia and the US, just to name a few), reached over 1,000,000 people, distributed over 1,000 tons of relief and medical supplies, trained more than 5,000 local professions and mobilised over 750 staff, volunteers, and professionals (among them, 156 doctors and nurses, and 100 therapists an social workers).
They have engaged in projects such as trying to combat malnutrition in Malawi, relief and rehab after tsunamis in Sri Lanka and Thailand, medical and psychological missions to assist in hurricane Katrina Evacuees, medical relief aid to earthquake victims in Peru, relief mission to aid Somali Refugee Camp Dadaab in Kenya, aid to flood victims in Pakistan, helping in the Philippines after the typhoon, Jewish students from Hillel Israel and North America volunteered together in India, and many more.
Find more information at http://www.israaid.co.il/
An Australian-inspired, multi-faith initiative that raises funds for the treatment at Hadassah Hospital for critically ill Palestinian children from the West Bank and Gaza. These funds also pay for training at Hadassah of Palestinian doctors, nurses, and therapists (psychologists) to enable them to build health capacity in their own communities.
Project Rozana is named after four-year-old Palestinian girl Rozana Ghannam, who suffered life-threatening injuries when she fell from a ninth-floor balcony at her home near Ramallah. Her mother, Maysa, had recently been treated for cancer at Hadassah, and she insisted that her critically-injured daughter be taken there by ambulance.
Rozana's tratement, which involved multiple operations and many weeks in hospital was successful and she now lives the life of a happy and healthy young girl.
Project Rozana is an initiative of Hadassah Australia. The President of Hadassah Australia, Ron Finkel, describes Project Rozana and Hadassah as a “bridge to peace” and “an island of sanity in an ocean of turmoil”.
You can find more information about this at http://www.projectrozana.org.
Save A Child's Heart
SACH provides urgently needed paediatric surgery and follow-up care for children in developing countries at the Wolfs Medical Centre in Holon, Israel. All children, regardless of race, religion, sex, colour or financial status receive the best possible care that modern medicine has to offer.
SACH saves children with congenital heart defects who have almost no chance of survival. They are based in Israel, and their mission is to improve the quality of paediatric cardiac care for children from countries where the heart surgery is unobtainable, for instance in conflict zones.
"By mending hearts, regardless of race, religion, gender, nationality, or financial status, we contribute to a more peaceful and productive world; a happier, healthier world, and a better world for all children, and their families."
SACH also trains medical personnel from developing countries to multiply effectiveness and resources. They have trained Tanzania's first paediatric cardiac surgeon and are in the process of training surgeons in Ethiopia.
To date, SACH has saved the lives of over 3,700 children from Africa, South America, Europe, Asia and throughout the Middle East.
Some of you or your executive who went on an AUJS International Program like Academy or Aviv may remember visiting SACH to meet the amazing people who work there, as well as the inspiring children.