JOA and St John Ambulance fund Jerusalem Nurse
Jersey Overseas Aid and St John Ambulance, Jersey, have joined forces to pay the total costs of a specialist eye nurse at the St John Ophthalmic Hospital in East Jerusalem.
The St John Ophthalmic Hospital in East Jerusalem is one of the busiest eye treatment centres in the world and covers patients from Gaza, West Bank and East Jerusalem.
St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital Group (SJEHG) was established in 1882 and is the only charitable provider of expert eye care in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem. In 2016 they treated over 125,000 outpatients (including 42,000 children) regardless of race, religion or ability to pay, including performing over 4,800 major operations. It costs £8.3 million annually to run the hospital
Each St John Ambulance Commandery has responsibility for the two charitable foundations; St John Ambulance and the Ophthalmic Hospital. Until 2004, support from St John Ambulance, Jersey was restricted to funds collected at church services but in that year a decision was made to partially fund the salary of a nurse. The nurse is Muyasser Ghaneh, who wears a Jersey badge on her uniform
St John Ambulance, Jersey contributed £13,000 in 2017 which only partially covers her costs and the Jersey Overseas Aid has now matched that funding and a little more to cover the entire costs of the nurse for 2017.
Deputy Carolyn Labey, Chair of Jersey Overseas Aid, said “JOA is delighted to continue its support for the Eye Hospital in Jerusalem, and particularly pleased to do so in partnership with St John Ambulance, Jersey. By matching these heroic local fundraising efforts, Jersey Overseas Aid is able to magnify the wonderful generosity of Islanders. In this case, Team Jersey will have contributed to saving thousands of people’s eyesight.”