PEACE IN SIGHT APPEAL
Expanding treatment of hereditary eye disease among Palestinians.
45% of marriages in Palestine are between cousins or other consanguineous partners.
A seriously increased risk of developing autosomal recessive eye conditions, including IRDs.
In 2016, St John Eye Hospital in East Jerusalem with Hadassah Hospital, established an ocular genetic research unit to serve the Palestinian community. The ‘EU Peacebuilding Initiative’ made a one-off €500,000 grant.
Project Rozana is committed to this vitally important health project that is making a meaningful difference to the eye health of thousands of Palestinians through the genetic research and training.
See messages from Professor Hugh Taylor AC, former President, International Council of Opthalmology, and Australian Ophthalmology Association.
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PEACE IN SIGHT, SO FAR…
- Dr Alaa’ Al Talbishi (pictured above), the appointed Palestinian geneticist, has completed his training at the Genetics Laboratory, Hadassah Hospital.
- With his dedicated genetic lab assistant, he made a significant difference to the ocular electrophysiology service and retina clinic at St John Eye Hospital.
- A key blood sampling program from 50 Palestinian families with a history of retinal dystrophy, to determine the causative gene.
- A Hereditary Degeneration Centre has opened at St John Eye Hospital.
- an important space for Palestinian patients to get diagnosis, treatment, advice.
“The Genetic Lab is a turning point as it will address the needs of the large number of Palestinian patients who have nowhere else to turn for diagnosis, advice and treatment.”
Prof Hugh Taylor AC
DR AL TALBISHI
In 2017 Dr Al Talbishi concluded his training at Hadassah Hospital. He is now…
- Employed at the Retinal Dystrophy Clinic at St John Eye Hospital and receives patients on a daily basis.
- Paying regular visits to Gaza together with two staff members, where he is treating patients. His findings will be included in genetic data and research papers.
He has presented papers and research at the…
- Israeli Society for Vision and Eye Research (ISVER) – the first time a Palestinian doctor has presented at an ISVER meeting.
- Palestinian Ophthalmic Society annual meeting.
- American Academy of Ophthalmology.
Two scientific papers will shortly be published in well-respected, peer-reviewed journals.
ST JOHN EYE HOSPITAL JERUSALEM
St John Eye Hospital was established in 1885 and is the pre-eminent standalone ophthalmological centre in the Middle East. It is the principal provider of eye care for Palestinians in East Jerusalem.
The majority of complex cases from the West Bank and Gaza are referred here. Serious eye disease is high among the Palestinian population; much of this is the result of consanguineous (first cousin) marriages.
As the only charitable provider, the importance of the hospital for the region cannot be overstated.
Watch this video for more on the Ophthalmology Department at Hadassah Hospital.
The collaborations between Hadassah and St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital.