Project information

Patient Relief Fund

47% of the population of the occupied Palestinian territory lives below the poverty line, leaving many requiring medical advice/treatment that they have no means to obtain. Our Patient Relief Fund ensures that that we are able to treat all who come to us regardless or their ability to pay

This project is on-going.

Charity information

St John Eye Hospital Group

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  • Need


    Access to healthcare in the oPt is limited. Many are unable to move freely and the rate of blindness is ten times higher than in developed countries. 30% of the population is under the age of ten and the incidence of conditions affecting children – squint, infantile glaucoma and trauma – is high. In adults, cataract, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy are the main blinding conditions. At 12 to 15% of the population, diabetes is a medical and social scourge. Retinopathy affects up to 80% of al


    In Jerusalem, we employ an experienced Social Worker who assesses the financial status of each patient claiming financial hardship, and exempts only those with genuine problems from having to pay. In 2010, some 15,000 needy patients who attended our Hospitals and Clinics benefitted from subsidies towards their medical care. They were thus able to escape the vicious circle of lack and ill health and increase their chances of becoming fully functioning members of the workforce once more.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To treat all those who come to us regardless of their ability to pay.


    » Exempt the very poorest from having to pay anything at all.

    Success will be measured by the number of impoversihed patients whose sight is saved.

    Aim 2

    To reduce poverty in the region.


    » Without this fund many would not seek treatment, possibly resulting in irreparable damage to their sight and their ability to make a living.

    Success will be measured by the number of the patients able to continue to work and support their families.

  • Impact


    Services provided by our Hospitals, Clinics and Mobile Outreach Unit revive education and employment prospects, and contribute to economic growth.

    Every year, more than 15,000 patients benefit from these services free of any charge, ensuring their eyesight and continuing ability to take part in society.


    As an operating charity in an unstable region of the world there are many risks that might affect our work. However, we have been providing services to the people of this region for 129 years and that exoerience ensures that we are able to withstand the vagaries that it throws in our path.


    Funders of this project will receive six monthly Case Studies illustrating the benefits of the project and offering a real insight into the lives of our patients, while placing our work within its real-life context.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £500,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £500,000 Ophthalmic Treatment Treating patients regardless of their ability to pay.

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    The St Lazarus Charitable Trust £5,000 Guaranteed
    BibleLands £5,000 Guaranteed
    Anonymous Donor £15,000 Guaranteed
    A M Qattan Foundation £2,000 Guaranteed
    Public Donations £28,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    East Jerusalem, Gaza and the West Bank.


    Over the 45 years of the military occupation of the West Bank, and 40 years of the Gaza Strip, many different types of movement restrictions have been imposed on the Palestinians. Collectively, they are known as the closure policy and they inhibit ordinary people from being able to access vital services, including healthcare. In addition, 47% of the population lives in poverty and rates of blindness are 10 times higher than in the West. Every year, we treat more than 100,000 local people.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The St John Eye Hospital Group is the oinly charitable provider of eye care in the occupied Palestinian territory.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Dr. Jeanne Garth

    Dr. Garth has been Medical Director of The St John Eye Hospital Group since 2002. She oversees the running of the Medical and Paramedical departments