“The remarkable response to the visit by Associate Professor Dr Qanta Ahmed to support the work of Project Rozana, underscores the importance of dialogue between people in building bridges to peace", according to Ron Finkel, President of Hadassah Australia and the driving force behind Project Rozana.
“Dr Ahmed is an inspiring voice who helped to articulate the values inherent in Project Rozana, an Australian-conceived, multi-faith initiative that raises funds for the treatment of critically-ill Palestinian children from the West Bank and Gaza at Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem.
“These funds also pay for training at Hadassah of Palestinian doctors, nurses and therapists to enable them to build health capacity in their own communities.
“I want to thank the community for its warm embrace of Qanta and her message and in particular our donors and sponsors - And most especially to Dr Qanta Ahmed who gave of herself untiringly to the promotion of the message of hope that is Project Rozana ... ”
Children in Gaza who were injured or traumatised as a result of the recent conflict will benefit from an Australian initiative aimed at raising funds to treat these children at two of the leading hospitals in the Middle East.
The Gaza Children’s Emergency Appeal is a joint initiative of St John Ambulance Australia and Hadassah Australia. Both organisations have long been at the forefront of efforts to provide a medical response to the needs of Palestinian children in Gaza and the West Bank.
They recognised that hospitals and medical services in Gaza were stretched to breaking point and lacked the sophisticated equipment and surgical expertise that some of the children required, in particular children with head, orthopaedic, burns, eye and related injuries.
Money raised for the Gaza Children’s Emergency Appeal will be used to cover treatment at the renowned St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital, one of the leading institutes of its type in the region, and at the iconic Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem.