The St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital Group
The work of the St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital Group relieves poverty and brings hope to more than 111,000 Palestinians every year.
Services provided by our Hospitals, Clinics and Mobile Outreach Unit revive education and employment prospects, and contribute to economic growth.
Our ophthalmic training courses for local Doctors and Nurses are an investment in the region and help to rebuild its fractured infrastructure.
We treat patients regardless of ethnicity, religion or ability to pay.
Our work changes lives.
Core activities now include:
• The East Jerusalem Eye Hospital
• The Hebron Eye Hospital
• The Gaza Clinic
• The Anabta Clinic
• Mobile Outreach Programme
• Training local Doctors and Nurses.
Although 80% of all blindness is preventable, much of it caused by poor diet, diabetes and cataracts, the people of the occupied Palestinian territory (OPT) have a rate of blindness ten times higher than in the West. Poverty levels are high. The West Bank is home to some 700,000 refugees and 51.8% of all families live on less than US$3.15 per person per day.
The OPT constitutes one of the world’s most difficult environments in which to provide or access services of any kind. The historic political stalemate that prevails in the region undermines progress towards peace and has resulted in persistent de-development. On-going hostilities obstruct the provision and development of a system of public services for ordinary people – including vital health services – and precipitate the need for humanitarian assistance.
Your support of this very worthy cause is vitally important to us.