St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital Group is a subsidiary of the Order of St John and all Priories support its vital work.
St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital Group is the only charitable provider of expert eye care in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem.
Our flagship hospital, the East Jerusalem Eye Hospital, has been operating for over 130 years. It is the main eye hospital in the region, boasting a large, modern Outpatients Department, specialist Retinal, Corneal and Paediatric Units, operating theatres and 24hr emergency services. It is the first Palestinian hospital to receive the prestigious JCI Accreditation, an international standards accreditation recognising the hospital as achieving the very highest standards of patient care.
In the West Bank, we have various means of treating Palestinians. Our Anabta Clinic is easily accessible from Nablus, Tulkarem and Jenin, where amongst the poorest in the oPt live. Our Hebron Hospital is a vital source of eye care for many. Without the Hospital, many thousands of ordinary people would either struggle to pay for or go without any ophthalmic care. Alongside this, our Mobile Outreach teams deliver essential eye treatment to some of the most remote and impoverished communities in the West Bank. It is one of our most regionally effective services, where teams take vital eye care directly into hard-to-reach villages.
The St John Eye Clinic in Gaza meets the growing need for eye care in a population that has been facing increasing restrictions on accessing the main Hospital in Jerusalem. Our clinic remains a leading provider of ophthalmic services, treating as many patients as we can, and referring the more serious and surgical cases to our Jerusalem Hospital.
In the occupied Palestinian territories (oPt), the rate of blindness is ten times higher than in the West and over a third of the population lack food security.
Our sight-saving work is carried out to the highest international standards, and is often delivered against very challenging and difficult odds.
Without our services, many of these individuals would not seek treatment despite the risk of irreparable damage to their sight.
We treat patients regardless of ethnicity, religion or ability to pay.
80% of blindness and visual impairment is curable or preventable. We are striving against preventable blindness in the oPt, saving sight and changing lives.
Prepared by GTS (UK) Ltd: DC / DJJ
14 August 2014
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