Mobile clinics stationed in Palestinian communities in Judea and Samaria

The project to improve healthcare is being carried out by East Jerusalem`s Augusta Victoria Hospital and is supported by the Civil Administration

Date: 26.08.12     Author: Menachem Adoni

Mobile clinics are being stationed in Palestinian towns and villages in Judea and Samaria, in an effort to improve medical care for Palestinian residents of the region. The project is being carried out by Augusta Victoria Hospital in East Jerusalem, which is funded by the World Lutheran Federation and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), and it is supported by the Civil Administration.

Augusta Victoria Hospital has 161 beds for specialized treatment of diabetes and breast cancer, and the new clinics are intended to further combat these diseases and optimize medical care among the Palestinian population.

Civil Administration Health Coordinator Dalia Bassa arranged for special travel permits for the clinics and their staffs, so as to streamline the arrival of the clinics within Palestinian communities. “We aid the Jerusalem hospital as much as possible to operate the mobile clinics with experts in the fields of cancer, optometry, and diabetes, so that they will reach the residents in need in all of the villages that are far from the cities,” she explained.

The mobile clinics are considered a great success, and the Civil Administration continues to support their activities. Since beginning operations, the clinics have visited over 80 villages in Judea and Samaria. Among other achievements, they have provided medical care to 12 women diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer.