The St John Eye Hospital in East Jerusalem, has been in operation for 137 years. It is run by the Order of St John. The hospital is the sole point of contact for the needy with related illnesses in East Jerusalem and treats many of the most complex eye cases from the entire area.
In line with St John's mission and vision to provide sustainable assistance to the people by building local capacity, Palestinian ophthalmologists have been trained over the past ten years to become specialists who can now provide treatment in every field of ophthalmology. Meanwhile, the hospital enjoys high international recognition and was recently the first Palestinian hospital to be awarded Joint Commission International (JCI) accreditation.
Especially for the 2 million children living in the area, who make up 47% of the Palestinian population, the services offered by the St. John Eye Hospital are of vital importance. This is because the hospital has the only two eye specialists for children and infants in the region. The treatments are a real relief for many families. Not only do they preserve the children's eyesight and give them the chance of a normal life. The social stigma of "being different" is also devastating for many families.
Given the high poverty rates in the region, it is vital that the services of St John Eye Hospital continue to be available to all. In order to continue to provide treatment for children and infants, the existing medical equipment must be maintained and replaced if necessary. New purchases are also necessary to enable further children with special eye diseases to have their circumstances eased. Please help, together with the Regine Sixt Children's Aid Foundation
, to save the eyesight of the little ones!
Pictures: Paul Hahn for Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe e.V.