Our teams in Palestine.
Originally intending to go to Al Awda in Gaza, the surgical part of the group had to divert to Jenin in the West Bank due to delays in getting travel documentation from Israel. Everybody flew out from Melbourne, Saturday 2nd January 2016 and spent up to 10 days working in Gaza and Jenin.
The Surgical team consisted of two Foot and Ankle surgeons, Omar and Ozan from Australia and Awaiz (not in the picture), a Spinal surgeon from the UK. They met up in Amman and then travel to the West Bank together. Marcel went as a volunteer to do whatever he could. Ola went on to Gaza to help set up a small sewing cooperative and other social ventures.
These trips would not have been possible without the very generous support of Mosquito Foundation and all their supporters who helped raise much of the funds use to enable these trip to proceed.
Towards Hope in Jenin
From L to R.
Lisa, coordination and organisation.
Awaiz, Spinal Surgeon, England.
Ozan, Podiatric (Foot and Ankle) Surgeon, Melbourne.
Omar, Podiatric (Foot and Ankle) Surgeon, Melbourne.
Marcel, Wonder Volunteer, Melbourne.
The first day was spent sorting through the donated orthopaedic equipment the Hospital had already received from local donors, as well as what the Towards Team had collected.
Patients were registered for morning, and afternoon sessions.
Patients requiring surgery where consented and underwent surgery generally later in the day, if and when considered suitably prepared.
Multiple foot and ankle procedures, as well as hand and leg surgery were performed by members of the team, as well as multiples of epidural steroid injections under x-ray, and many steroid injections of the knees, hips, and shoulders.
The volume of patients increased daily as local villagers became aware of our presence.
In the last 2 days, staff were asked to cease registering patients, as the numbers of consultation requests became unmanageable (up to 120 in the last day). The team are planning to return in 12 months. Suggestions to the hospital to implement improvements to triaging patients which would allow greater efficiency on what the team can offer during such future missions.
Overall the mission was a great success and valued by all.
We hope to return in 2017 with the generous help of the Australian community.
Towards Hope In Gaza
We have successfully established a textile production line where Palestinian products are proudly made by Palestinians widows. These will be sold here in Melbourne and more widely in Australia and all sale proceeds will be returned back into Gaza, to support the orphans and widows .
Also we organised two big and ongoing programmes.
One is a rehabilitation program for young children who lost their homes and fathers during war.
This program initially included an entertainer, singing songs, playing games, dancing dabka and food plus gifts were distributed to children.
The second event was to begin training kindergarten teachers and introducing a constructive educational program which suites children’s needs and abilities.
Overall the trip was absolutely great and the Towards Hope teams achieved their goals and were cooperative with every single person we met.
This is just a small sample of the pictures that we have. More will be posted as a slide show in near future.
Perhaps you can donate something, to help us with this and our next project. Thank You.