The sector of health is affected by a quasi-total judaization policy that has impacted the situation of health institutions in Al Quds. The agency is endeavoring to develop the sector by financing major projects that will contribute to supporting the resistance of Al Quds inhabitants and reinforcing their confidence in the care provided by the Palestinian hospitals. In addition, health ranks third in the Agency’s priority hierarchy. Programs carried out in this sector include :
- Assistance to the sick, the wounded and the poor. The project consists in supplying to Al-Maqassid and Al-Matlaa hospitals medicine and medical equipment for the persons wounded in Al Aqsa intifadah and for the needy patients among Al Quds inhabitants. The project aims to support the Palestinian hospitals in Al Quds and cater for their needs in terms of medicine and medical equipment, in addition to alleviating the economic burden resulting from the increase of medical care costs, especially for those who don’t have a health insurance.
- Buying a cancerous tumors diagnosis machine and computer equipment to establish a network between treatment devices in Al Matlaa hospital:
The project consists in setting up a radio-therapy unit in Al Matlaa hospital to treat cancer patients. The project is of vital importance since all cancer patients are referred to Israeli hospitals or to hospitals in Jordan, Egypt, or other countries, entailing high costs for patients. Therefore, the setting up of a radio-therapy unit was a pressing need, especially in Al Matlaa hospital which is one of the model hospitals and has an appropriate space and qualified personnel of resident doctors, technicians and medics. The radio-therapy unit for the treatment of cancer patients in this hospital is the first of its kind in Palestine. It receives presently more than 750 patients monthly and more than 1,000 cases in the radio-therapy unit.
- Equipping the physiotherapy unit in Al Maqassid hospital : 35 medical machines were bought for the physiotherapy unit in Al Maqassid hospital. The objective is to enable the hospital to undertake all physiotherapy treatments and increase the capacity of this unit.
- Increasing the electricity flow in Al Maqassid hospital: The project consists in raising the high-pressure station that supplies electricity to Al Maqassid hospital and changing the electricity bill into high pressure, in order to improve the performance of the electricity supply in the hospital, cater for the high electricity demand and lower the hospital electricity bill. For this reason, the Agency financed the 3rd stage of the high-pressure electricity network by paying for electricity utility costs.
- Buying an electric elevator for the Red Cross clinic in Al Quds: Part of the modernization of the Red Cross clinic in Al Quds, the Agency has financed this vital project, given the high demand on this health center.
- Buying two ambulances for the Red Cross: The Agency has financed the purchase of two ambulances equipped with the most modern intensive care and emergency devices to treat patients on the spot and transfer them to the hospital. The objective of this project is to contribute to supporting the health sector in Al Quds and improve the quality of health services, knowing that Al Quds inhabitants only have the Israeli emergency services that need military authorizations and are often late, a problem that endangers the life of patients. These ambulances extend emergency services and transfer patients to all Palestinian hospitals in Al Quds. Al Maqassid hospital and the Red Cross hospital signed a Memorandum of understanding to extend emergency health care to the hospital that does not possess and does not have the right to possess an ambulance.
- Equipping the dental unit in the Arab health center: The project consists in supplying a dental health unit in the Arab health center in Al Quds to extend health services to Al Quds inhabitants.
- Modernizing the kidney transplant health unit at Al Maqassid hospital. Given the high cost incurred by kidney patients and the unavailability of this service in all Palestinian hospitals, this vital project contributes to improving the quality of care extended to kidney patients and making of Al Quds a center of quality health services, in order to link Al Quds with the rest of occupied Palestinian territories. The project is twofold: renovating the kidney transplant lab unit and supplying equipment and machines needed in this unit.
- Buying two radiology units for Al Maqassid hospital : The project consists in changing the obsolete radiology units that have been used for more than 18 years with new fluoroscopy and mobile radiology units. The aim is to develop the quality and level of services extended at this hospital by changing the radiology equipment.
- Building and equipping the tumor surgery and brain surgery unit in Al Maqassid hospital. The project consists in setting in place the first sophisticated unit of this kind in Palestine for the diagnosis and treatment of brain tumor cases and undertaking other brain surgery operations to treat conditions that might cause serious consequences such as epilepsy or Parkinson. For this reason, a world renowned specialist was brought from Saudi Arabia. The project is twofold: building and renovating the tumor and brain surgery unit and supplying the needed medical equipment for this unit.
- Renovating and equipping the university of Al Quds dental surgery clinics in Al Maqassid hospital. The project consists in setting up a training center for the university of Al Quds dental school students and consolidating cooperation and partnership between Al Quds health institutions (Al Maqassid hospital) and education institutions, in addition to extending health and dental care services to the needy inhabitants of Al Quds.
The project consists in converting a storage site in Al Maqassid hospital into an open dental center, comprising 16 clinics, in addition to a radiology room, sanitary rooms, two labs, a kitchen and offices. After the end of the renovation stage, the Agency supplied all the necessary equipment (dental chairs and other equipment) needed for the operation of these clinics that offer a complete training environment to the dental school students.