Our main hospital in East Jerusalem has been operating for over 130 years. The Hospital is the main provider of eye care for Palestinians in East Jerusalem, and sees many of the most complex eye cases from across the Occupied Palestinian Territories. These patients are referred to us from medical centers across the West Bank and Gaza. As it is the only charitable provider of eye care, the importance of the Hospital for the region cannot be overstated.
St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital has a large outpatients department, specialist eye units, operating theatres and 24-hour eye emergency services.
Our hospital is internationally recognized as operating to the highest standards. St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital recently became the first Palestinian hospital to be awarded the three-year Joint Commission International (JCI) accreditation. JCI is a US-based organization that has established patient safety and quality service standards for health facilities worldwide.
With high rates of poverty in the region, it is essential that we continue to make our services available to all. We treat patients regardless of their ethnicity, religion or ability to pay. Our work changes lives.
The West Bank is subjected to a severe system of movement restrictions, due to the Separation Wall, settler-only roads, and the many checkpoints.
Such restrictions have had a disastrous effect upon the health of the Palestinian residents, both directly by preventing people from accessing health care, and indirectly by adversely affecting the economy, resulting in a decrease in living standards and in people's ability to afford health care.
We have various means of treating Palestinians in the West Bank.