Annual Report 2009 The Palestine Children’s Relief Fund A non-profit humanitarian relief organazation Board of Medical Directors Advisory Board PCRF Staff Dr. Musa Nasir Dr. Riyad Zannoun Executive Staff Chairman Former Minister of Health, Palestine Steve Sosebee H.E. Paul Lagendijk Professor Guido Van Nooten President & CEO Vice-Chairman Cardiac Surgeon, Belgium Mike Lowe Administrative Assistant Sue Nasir Dr. Hugh Watts Suheil Flaifl Treasurer Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon, California Project Manager: Palestine Nuha Al-Masry Hiam Khaireddin Dr. B. Sethia Project Manager: Lebanon Secretary Pediatric Cardiac Surgeon, UK Suhad Samara Executive Secretary Donya Abduljawad Dr. Imad Tabry Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Cardiac Surgeon, Florida Noura Dalou Secretary Sameer Alansari Dr. Enrico Robertto Tareq Hodaly Dubai, U.A.E. Plastic Surgeon, Italy Palestine Accountant Tayseer Barakat Dr. Nader Hebela West Bank Social Workers Kuwait Orthopedics, Philadelphia Randa Sharara Ashraf Abu Essa Dr. John van Aalst Ramallah Qatar Pediatric Plastic Surgeon, University of North Carolina Amal Dwaek Hebron Steve Sosebee President & CEO Dr. Scott Eggener Niveen Abed Al Hadi Urology, University of Chicago Bethlehem Linda Herzallah Palestine Board Dr. Khaled Abughazaleh Nablus,Qalqilia and Salfeet Maxilloficial Surgeon, Chicago Maha Madani George Rizek Tulkarem Chairman Dr. Alex Zouros Mona Fayad Dr. Ahmed Abu Maraq Pediatric Neurosurgeon, Loma Linda, CA Jenin and Tubas Vice-Chairman Dr. Joe Binard Ayman Al-Masri Treasurer Urologist, Wisconsin Gaza Field Workers Omar Anabtawi Khaled Najjar Mazen Sinokrat Central Gaza Hala Khoury Mohammad Hussein Mutussam Asmar Northern Gaza Mohammad Afana Southern Gaza Represented by: Accounting: The Bernabei Law Firm Escott & Company Washington, DC Kent, Ohio PCRF Chapters Abu Dhabi Suzanne Elshorafa Boston Cleveland Baltimore Chapter Hala Gabriel chapter Chapter Chapter Dolly Hishmeh Marwan El Masri Nawal Hasan Naifa Mansour Mazen Bedri Samira Jaridly Laila Kassis Tanya Zabaneh Hourani Hanan Mahmoud Besma Al-Humadi Karim Karam Naila Jirmanus Doha Al Wazany Nehaya Samamreh Elaine Asal Nahla Kayali Nadia Yassa Lana Kattan Raja Shaheen Aline Hitti Susan Schwartz Harun El Masri Samara Sahtout Ahlam Shaheen Leila Abuelhawa Edward Tawil Iman Abdulwahab Hala Nafe Rania Abu-Hamdah Anis Zubi Hanan Saadeh Chicago Nawal Suleiman Sherief Hammad chapter Joanne Rabah Nadine Samara New Jersey Inshierah Hamed Andrew DuFresne Dubai Chapter Ra-id Abdulla Chapter Nadra Farhat Khaled Abughazaleh Mr Farid Asmar Tammy Hamed Houston Sa›ed A›rafat Rana Said Eman Dughly Representative Rajie and Peg Cook Sahar Alrayyes Dina Saleh Annie Salem Rania Awwad Laila Gheith Sarah Alrayyes Nesreen Srouji Zohra Hamed Ali and Wafa Jadalhack Suzi Azhari Nadia Wehbe Medesto Arlene Mikkelsen Laura Badwan Representative Ikhlas Munnayer Runda Badwan Bay Area Hajj Khaled Sharmouj Los Angeles Sara Sadik Ramsey Judah Chapter Chapter Rima Taha Dana Kardoush Amin Abuamara Conneticuit Nora Whisnant Ahmad Khaldi Lily Karam Dina Aburous Representative President Khaldoun Rahmah Nicole Khaghat Mona Sousou Alia Yunis San Diego May Barqaqi Rahmah Nabila Mango First Vice-President Chapter Rania Sadeq Nahla Shoman Charlotte Lulu Emery Representative Hanin Smith Rana Hawit Second Vice-President Osama Idibi Washington DC Rima Qaru Adel Hagekhalil Farah Khaireddin Chapter Treasurer Hiam Khaireddin Shireen Qaru Randa Issa Lenna Odeh Zaid Albanna Khaled Bouri Secretary Nuha Shuman Nadia Salibi Dina Kennedy Manal Sansour Aya Malhas-Kassidi Susan Kerin Legal Counsel Rafeef Samo Zena Mikdadi Dr. Hala Al-Tarifi Jolanta Alkan Muna Shami Haitham Aranki Karen Longstreth Randa Awwad Ahmad Azie Maya Karram-Houry Huda Bayaa Amanda Nasser Adilah Dahdul Joe Dibsy Annual Report 2009 The Palestine Children’s Relief Fund A non-profit humanitarian relief organazation Contents 06 from the President and Chairman of the Board Message 08 Huda Sosebee In Memorium: 10 & Sick Children Treated Abroad in 2009 Injured 22 Surgery & Medical Missions in 2009 Volunteer 40 Relief Projects for 2009 Humanitarian 50 for 2010 Budget The Palestine Children’s 6 Relief Annual Report 2009 Fund Annual Report 2009 The Palestine Children’s Relief Fund A non-profit humanitarian relief organazation Message from the President & Chairman of the Board P C R F, A n o n - p r o f i t h u m a n i t a r i a n r e l i e f o r g a n a z a t i o n 7 Dear Friends, with grief, but also a determination Middle East for millions of dollars to continue our humanitarian worth of free care. The majority 2009 was an extremely difficult year mission to help more children get of kids went to Dubai in the UAE, for the Palestinian people, as well as the medical care that they need, which is part of an ongoing project the PCRF family. In late December but which is not available to them with the Sheikh Mohammed bin and through most of January, Israeli locally. We want to lessen the Rashid Humanitarian and Charity air, ground and naval forces assaulted pain of parents all over the region Establishment. the Gaza Strip in a proclaimed effort who might suffer the same broken to stop militants from firing rockets hearts and deep sadness that we Our greatest thanks goes to the into Israeli towns. The result was experienced in 2009. hundreds of volunteer doctors, the complete destruction of what nurses, specialists, host families, little infrastructure remained in Despite these personal tragedies, PCRF chapter members, and donors Gaza after decades of Intifada and the PCRF continued its work who made this work possible. We are occupation. Thousands of innocent unabated. Over 50 volunteer a grassroots institution that brings Palestinian civilians were killed surgery teams in pediatric cardiac together a wide range of people and and injured in Gaza, while the local surgery and cardiology, orthopedics resources from all over the world Hamas regime did little to politically and spine surgery, urology, plastic & to address the humanitarian crisis or economically alleviate the plight reconstructive surgery, maxillofacial, facing Arab children in Palestine, of the 1.5 million poor people that pediatric dental care and many Lebanon and Iraq. We hope that they now rule. other important specialites went to 2010 will be a better one for our staff Gaza, the West Bank and Lebanon’s and members, but more importantly Meanwhile, the PCRF family was camps to treat over 1,000 children in one of less violence and suffering for badly shaken and remain in deep need. The pediatric cardiac surgery the Arab children in the Middle East. grief with the passing of the head program in Makassed, which was Whatever the circumstances on PCRF social worker, Ms. Huda Al- initiated and supported by the the ground, the PCRF will continue Masri. Huda was married for nearly PCRF, is improving and becoming to provide healing and hope to 18 happy years to PCRF founder more independent, with over 600 children and their families at a time and president Steve Sosebee and Palestinian babies have had life- when there is little of either. together they helped to build the saving surgery there in the past organization into one of the most few years. Many of these projects effective and efficient groups were supported by a grant from the working in the Middle East for Sharjah-based Salam ya Saghar. children. Towards the end of the Dr. Musa Naser year, Dr. Jafar Nasir, the son of PCRF We also continue to send children Chairman of the Board Chairman and co-founders Dr. Musa abroad for free care that they and Sue Nasir, passed away while in cannot get locally. Over two- Guam working as a physician. These dozen children, suffering from birth two irreplaceable members of the defects to war wounds, went to Steve Sosebee PCRF family have filled our hearts the USA, Europe and parts of the President & CEO The Palestine Children’s 8 Relief Annual Report 2009 Fund In Memorium P C R F, A n o n - p r o f i t h u m a n i t a r i a n r e l i e f o r g a n a z a t i o n 9 Huda (Al-Masri ) Sosebee passed peacefully over to God’s embrace on July 15, 2009 in her home in Kent, Ohio in the presence of her loving family, following a 7-month battle with Leuke- mia. Huda was the head social worker for the PCRF, where she touched the lives of thousands of sick and injured children throughout the Middle East. She was diagnosed on Christmas Day, 2008, while in the Emirates Hospital in Dubai helping treat several injured kids from Palestine. Huda was born on December 18, 1962 in Ramallah, Palestine to Ibrahim Abdullah Al-Masri and Zahraa Flaifl and is survived by her brothers, Abdullah, Ahmed, Mohammed, Mahmoud and Nasser, and sisters, Hanan, Hiam and Waila. She is also survived by stepbrothers and sisters, Ji- han, Hana, Hala, Hisham and Nahlah. Huda returned home to her mother, Zahraa, who passed away when she was 13-years-old. Huda left two beautiful daughters, Deema and Jenna, and a loving husband, Steve Sosebee, who she married in Ramallah on January 15, 1993. Her family and friends were the center and love of her life and provided her great joy and happiness, par- ticularly in seeing the growth of her two special daughters over the past 12 years. Huda earned her degree in social work from Al-Quds University in East Jerusalem and a master’s degree in Public Health from Kent State University in 2006. In 1993, Huda began working as the head social worker for the PCRF. Her great human spirit touched the lives of dozens of injured children throughout the years, as she personally cared for many in her home in Ohio while they received treatment in in the USA. Nearly 1,000 more children with different medical needs were touched by Huda’s loving hand, as she helped organize and place them for free medical care in the USA, Europe and the Middle East. Throughout the years, Huda’s hard work and loving care resulted in the treatment of thousands of needy children throughout Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq. Even during her struggle with cancer, she worked to arrange for injured children host families, medical treatment and the loving care that they otherwise would not get in their home- land. Her departure is a deep loss for the poor and needy children of the Holy Land, as well as thousands of loving family and friends all over the world. Huda was a loving mother and wife, a proud Arab woman and a courageous Palestinian who believed in the cause of peace and justice for her people and worked hard to heal the wounds of war and occupation for children all over the Middle East. Her departure is a terrible loss for all peace-loving people and especially for the children of Palestine, Lebanon and Iraq, who continue to suffer the lack of adequate health care in their countries. She was loved by thousands and will be missed by many more. The Palestine Children’s 10 Relief Annual Report 2009 Fund Annual Report 2009 The Palestine Children’s Relief Fund A non-profit humanitarian relief organazation Children Treated Abroad in who could Injured & Sick the first Intifada with the purpose of identifying sick and injured kids2009 The PCRF was established during not be treated locally, and arrange free care for them abroad. Since 1990, over 850 children have been sent to North America, Europe and the Middle East for free care. We rely on the generous support of host families and volunteers who house and care for our children while they are being treated outside of their homeland, often without their parents. We also depend on the charitable contributions of dozens of doctors and hospitals who donate their services, amounting to millions of dollars of free care annually. With the war in Iraq and the continued siege and military assaults on the Gaza Strip, hundreds of children are still in need of care that they cannot get locally. The PCRF is the main relief group working in the Middle East to provide this care. P C R F, A n o n - p r o f i t h u m a n i t a r i a n r e l i e f o r g a n a z a t i o n 11 Palestinian Refugee Sent to Palestinian Refugee Injured Iraqi girl has surgery in Ohio Malaysia for Treatment Baby Has Life-Saving On January 10, 7-year-old Shahad Salah Three years to the month following Surgery in Italy had orthopedic surgery at Aultman Health the Israeli assault in Lebanon, In January, 2-year-old Center in Canton, Ohio. Shahad and her we sent 13-year-old Mohammed Hassan Hourani from mother were brought to the US at the end Moussa Al-Hajj from the Rashideya the Nairab refugee of 2008 so that Shahad could be fitted refugee camp in south Lebanon to camp in Syria was sent for a free prosthetic leg, but it was soon Malaysia in cooperation with the to Naples, Italy for discovered that she would need additional Malaysia Relief Agency (MRA) for life-saving open-heart surgery to her leg before she could be free medical care. Mohammed surgery by Prof. Carlo properly fitted for a prosthesis. Dr. John lost both legs from an Israeli shell Vosa. He went with Riester and Aultman Health Center treated while playing in the streets and was his mother Khawther Shahad as a charity case. Shahad’s injury fitted with a new prosthesis and Jamal. Several children came when she lost her leg from a rocket had surgery. This is the first child from all over the attack at her home in Baghdad in 2007. that the PCRF and the MRA have Middle East have been Yanke Bionics in Akron provided her with cooperated on, though we have sent to Prof. Vosa in the free prosthetic care after she healed from sponsored surgery missions by past 10 years, and he her surgery. Several Palestinain and Iraqi Malaysian doctors to Lebanon and has led several missions kids have been treated for free by Yanke Syria in the past. to Palestine as well. Bionics through the PCRF since 1990. The Palestine Children’s 12 Relief Annual Report 2009 Fund Dr. Giancarlo Crupi Provides Two Babies Injured Gaza Boy stays 6 from Syria Life-Saving Surgery in Italy months for treatment in On February 15, 10-month old Mada Faker the USA Eldine from a refugee camp in Damascus On May 24, returned to Syria following life-saving 15-year-old open-heart surgery by Dr. Giancarlo Crupi Ahmed Abu in Bergamo, Italy. The child traveled with Salam and her mother Reem and was born with a his mother heart defect that could not be treated in Karima arrived Syria. in Madison, Wisconsin for surgery to repair On November 22nd, 3-year-old Nasrallah a skull defect, which he suffered Al-Eid from Raqa in Syria went with his from an Israeli bomb near his mother Taedi to Bergamo, Italy for open- home in the Jebalya refugee camp heart surgery by Dr. Giancarlo Crupi. in northern Gaza in 2008. He Nasrallah had total Cavo-Pulmoari surgery, was treated by Dr. Delora Mount, otherwise known as a Fonton Procedure, assistant professor of surgery at the which is a highly complex operation that University of Wisconsin Medical was not available to him in Syria. Dr. Crupi Center. The PCRF cooperated has treated over 100 children with heart problems through the PCRF over with the Madison-Rafah Sister the past 10 years, including leading missions to the West Bank, Gaza Strip City Project (MRSCP) to care for and East Jerusalem. He has also arranged free care through the Rotary Ahmed and his mother during this Club in Bergamo for many other children sent by the PCRF for care that treatment in the States. they otherwise would not get. Dr. Crupi will be leading another mission to Jerusalem with the PCRF in January, 2010. Iraqi baby has surgery in India In mid-April, the PCRF sent 18-month- old Murthada Khadim from Baghdad, to the Uro-Care Hospital in Rajkot-Gujarat, India for free urological surgery that was not available to the child in his war- torn country. Dr Jitendra Amlani provided his kind surgical and administrative help in treating this child. It is the first child that the PCRF has sent to India for medical care. India has many of the top doctors in the world and the PCRF is happy to help our children get care at their centers of excellence. P C R F, A n o n - p r o f i t h u m a n i t a r i a n r e l i e f o r g a n a z a t i o n 13 Iraqi teen’s dream of returning to L.A. comes true in July 15-year-old Marwa Naim from Baghdad returned to Los Angelese for follow-up surgery at the UCLA Medical Center. Marwa was treated in 2007 in Los Angeles through the PCRF and CIVIC, and needed further facial reconstructive surgery. She was injured in her face when her home was hit by a bomb in the early stages of the Iraq war. Twin Brothers Perform Surgery on 7-year old Boy From Iraq New Jersey On July 22, Kimball Medical Center physicians Vince Moss, MD and his twin brother Vance Moss, MD, performed a delicate surgery on 7-year-old boy Ahmed Faleh from Kirkuk, Iraq. He was born with a rare birth defect which left his bladder on the outside of his body. The Moss brothers worked with the PCRF in July of 2008, when they operated on a young Iraq girl at Kimball, for a similar urologic condition. Iraqi boy has life-saving surgery in Amman Ahmed and his grandmother were housed by a On August 17, 4-year-old Mohammed Asaad Salih volunteer family in the New Jersey area and cared for from Iraq had life-saving open-heart surgery at the Al- by the NJ PCRF chapter. Khalidi Medical Center in Amman, Jordan. The boy was born with congenital heart disease and could not be adequately treated in his war-torn country. The PCRF helped to cover his transporation, housing and medcal fees in Jordan. The Palestine Children’s 14 Relief Annual Report 2009 Fund Four Injured Gaza Children Sent to the USA for Treatment On September 5, four children from the besieged Gaza Strip arrived in the USA for free medical care. These children were delayed from traveling because the Egyptian authorities refused to let them cross out of Gaza for several months. They were: Faraj Saleh, 9 years old, who was injured by an IDF bomb in January and neede vascular care in Annapolis, MD; Sobhi Sobeh, 14 years old, who lost his leg while on his families farm in Beit Lahya in northern Gaza as an 8-year-old child and was treated in Seattle; Ghassan Matar, 15 years old, who lost both legs in January from an IDF bomb and had treatment arranged in Dearborn, MI. Meanwhile, 3-year-old Osama Al Asmar came with his mother for spine surgery by Dr. Walid Yasir at Children’s Hospital in Detroit, MI. Iraqi Boy Has Surgery in Amman On November 11, 6-year-old Luay Khalid Naji from the Al- Anbar Province in Iraq had maxillofacial surgery at the Specialty Hospital in Amman, Jordan by Dr. Khaled Abughazaleh from Chicago and Dr. Fernando Sandoval Vernimmen from the University of San Francisco, Quito, Ecqudor. Both were in Jordan on their way to provide maxillofacial surgery in Nablus. Luay was born with congenital deformities of his face and could not be treated in Iraq. The PCRF arranged for this transportation to Jordan, covered his housing there with his mother and paid $3,000 for his operation P C R F, A n o n - p r o f i t h u m a n i t a r i a n r e l i e f o r g a n a z a t i o n 15 Four More Injured Gaza Children Arrive in the USA for Medical Care On November 14, four injured children from the Gaza Strip arrived in the USA for free medical care after suffering injuries in the Gaza Strip. 4-year-old Farah Abu Halima went to San Diego for extensive reconstructive surgery after being injured by an IDF phosphorous bomb on January 4th in which her mother and several of her relatives were killed. She was accompanied by her grandmother, who lost her husband and several children in the attack. They are from Beit Lahya in northern Gaza. 15-year-old Mariam El Shafei from Beit Hanoun in Gaza lost her eye from an Israeli bomb and had ophthalmic care by Raymond Rendon in San Jose, CA. 12-year-old Mohanned Hammoudeh suffered a gunshot injury to his leg and returned to the Los Angeles Shriners for orthopedic care. He had surgery there two years ago and needed follow-up treatment. 6-year-old Hanadi Joma was born with congenital dislocation of her hips and was sent to the Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas, Texas, where she had her first operation in early December. She traveled with her mother. She is being supported locally by the nonprofit KinderUSA to help arrange her housing and accommodations. Ramallah Child Sent to Switzerland Iraqi girl gets orthopedic surgery in In mid-December, 8-year-old Baraah Arkansas Al Hijaiji from the Ramallah area In late December, 4-year-old Christine went with her mother Haifa to Basel Markoob from the Children›s Hospital in Switzerland, village of Qaraqos in the for orthopedic surgery on her club province of Nineveh in foot and spine. Her treatment northern Iraq was sent was arranged by the Little Wings with her mother Dina Foundation in Dubai, who have been to Arkansas Children’s working with the PCRF in doing Hospital for surgery on missions in the West Bank, as well as her spine. The child treating kids in Dubai. This is the first was born with Spina child that we have cooperated on Bifida and had a failed sending to Europe for free care. operation in Iraq when she was one year old. The Palestine Children’s 16 Relief Annual Report 2009 Fund Two West Bank Children Treated at Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina On August 1, 3-year- On December 7, 18-month-old old Anas Lolah went Fedwa Albetaji from the West Bank with his mother Aesha town of Hebron had pediatric for urological surgery urological surgery by Dr. John to repair a birth defect Gazak at the Presbyterian Hospital. by Dr. John Gazak The child was born with a bladder at the Presbyterian deformity and Dr. Gazak provided Hospital. Anas is from the West Bank her the first stage of her treatment by town of Nablus and could not be treated in draining her bladder and repairing Palestine, as there are no pediatric urologists her hernias, which should improve her kidney and set her up for in the West Bank. Anas and his mother were reconstructive surgery in 2010. Dr. Gazak was on a mission to cared for by volunteers in the Charlotte Palestine in the Spring of 2009 and treated several children in community. Ramallah Hospital. Iraqi Refugee Has Surgery in Beirut On December 10, the PCRF helped to coordinate and arrange the surgery for 7-year- old Muntazer Kamel Al Bedayri, an Iraqi Refugee who suffered from Kyphoscoliosis, weakness of the lower right limb, diastematomyelia of the Dorsal spine. He underwent two surgeries at Hotel Dieu De France Hospital in the Ashrafeyah area of Beirut. The first surgery was on Dec 1, and the 2nd was on Dec 10. P C R F, A n o n - p r o f i t h u m a n i t a r i a n r e l i e f o r g a n a z a t i o n 17 Injured Nablus Boy Sent to Dubai In September, 17-year-old Baha Sleem, who lost his right eye when an Israeli shell hit his home in the Old City of Nablus three years ago, went to Dubai for treatment to rebuild his socket and to be fitted for an artificial eye. Baha will return in 2010 for further care in the UAE. Two Children Sent to Dubai for Free Treatment in Private Sector In April, along with the large group of children sent to Dubai through MBRAM, two other PCRF children were sent for treatment for free. They were Adham Al Rozzi from Gaza City, who has cerebral palsy and was suffering from club feet. He was treated by Dr. Maarten Spruit at the Dubai Bone and Joint Center and City Hospital. 6-year- old Sana Toobasi from Jenin, who suffered from a variety of orthopedic disorders, including club feet was treated by Dr. Marc Sinclair of the Little Wings Foundation at the Medcare Hospital in Dubai. The Palestine Children’s 18 Relief Annual Report 2009 Fund Over two-dozen Children Sent to Dubai under the Sponsorship of The Mohammed bin Rashid Al مؤسسة محمد بن راشد آل مكتوم لألعمال الخيرية Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Humanitarian & Charity Est. Maktoum Humanitarian & Charitable Establishment In 2009, three different groups of injured children from the West Bank and Gaza Strip were sent to Dubai in cooperation with the the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Humanitarian & Charitable Establishment (MBRAM). The PCRF has been working with MBRAM for over a year to treat children from Palestine in Dubai, as well as helping to facilitate humanitarian relief in the Gaza Strip during the Israeli assault in January, 2009. The children were cared for locally in Dubai by dozens of volunteers and host families organized by the PCRF Dubai chapter. January-February April-May On January 28, 2009, five children went to Seve injured children from the West Bank and Gaza Strip, many Dubai from the besieged Gaza Strip for free of them injured during Israel’s January assault on Gaza, were medical care They were: sent for treatment that was not available to them locally. The Mutasem Abu Karesh, 11 years-old from Gaza children were: Jabalia. Helost his leg due to an Israeli bomb Ayoub Atallah 17, from Beit Hanoun, who lost his right leg and three years ago; Abdullah Al athamna, part of his left hand from an Israeli bomb; Mousa Al Soud, 14, 9 years-old from Beit Hanoun. He lost his from the Briej refugee camp, who lost his right hand from an right leg below the knee due to the famous Israeli bomb; Omer Abu Rahman, 17, from central Gaza, who massacre in Beit Hanoun two years ago in lost his left leg from an Israeli bomb; Somaia Al Makadmeh, 18, which the Israelis bombed his home, killing who lost her left leg from an Israeli bomb; Khould Al Seesi, 18, 18 members of his family; Odai Al Jamal, 8 from Gaza, who also lost her leg above the knee from a bomb. years from Jabalia RC. He lost his right leg below the knee two years ago when the The West Bank children were: Israelis invade Jabalia RC and he got injured Mohammed Sweeti, 3 y, from Hebron, who lost his left arm; from tank shell at his house. He went with his Ahmed Jawabrah, 14 y, from Hebron, who was born without mother; Mohammed Walid Jouda, 16 years a right arm; Sahar Ali Al Mour, 16 y, from Hebron, who is old from Al Zahra. He lost his left leg below missing her left arm at the shoulder; Deena Hashim Jouda, 13 knee due to car accident, and he couldn’t y, from Tulkarem, who was born without a left hand; Anas Bilal get a prosthesis in Gaza. He went with his Mohammad Jubhi, 14, from Tulkarem, who lost his left leg mother; Yara Mhanna, 3 years old from Tal from a bomb; Naian Khaled Abed Allateef Radad, 15, from Al Hawa. She suffered hearing loss followed Tulkarem, who was born without a right arm; Younis Galbous, bacterial meningitis and she needed cochlear 16, from Mirkah/Jenin, who is missing his right leg; Kareem implantation, which is not available for her Awwad, 7, from Jenin, who was born without a arm; Sabreen in Palestine. Yara was accompanied by her Musbah, 16 y, from Nablus, who was born without an arm; mother. Mohammed Azar, 16 y, from Nablus, who is missing his left leg. P C R F, A n o n - p r o f i t h u m a n i t a r i a n r e l i e f o r g a n a z a t i o n 19 December In early December, three children went to have prosthetic limbs fitted. The three all suffered horrific accidents and stayed with host families and supported by the local PCRF Dubai chapter. They were: Yasmin Mustafa Al Najjar, 13, from Tubas. She was three years old when a truck crashed into her, amputating her leg above the knee; Ahmed Yousef Daraghmeh, 12, from Jenin. He lost his arm when he fell off a tractor; Mohammad Fawaz Saied Sawafteh, 12, from Jenin. He lost his right leg in a fall and was provided a quality prosthesis. The Palestine Children’s 20 Relief Annual Report 2009 Fund P C R F, A n o n - p r o f i t h u m a n i t a r i a n r e l i e f o r g a n a z a t i o n 21 The Palestine Children’s 22 Relief Annual Report 2009 Fund Annual Report 2009 The Palestine Children’s Relief Fund A non-profit humanitarian relief organazation Volunteer Surgery & Medical Missions in 2009 In 2009, the PCRF sent more surgical missions to Palestine and Lebanon than any other previous year, treating over a thousand sick and injured kids and providing expert training and experience for local medical personnel. The PCRF is the main organization continuously providing volunteer surgical teams of highly qualified international doctors and nurses in such highly specialized areas as pediatric cardiac surgery and cardiology, plastic and reconstructive surgery, maxillofacial and cleft palate surgery, orthopedics and spine surgery, ophthalmology, vascular, and pediatric neurosurgery. While we continue to provide expert care for sick and injured kids in their local hospitals, our long-term goal is to build the local capacity in the above-mentioned specialties so there will be no need for foreign missions to the region. P C R F, A n o n - p r o f i t h u m a n i t a r i a n r e l i e f o r g a n a z a t i o n 23 Pediatric Cardiac Surgery & Cardiology Over the past several years, the PCRF has sponsored and organized dozens of volunteer surgery missions to Palestine in an effort to build the first and only pediatric cardiac surgery program serving the children of the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Working with the highly-qualified staff at Makassed Islamic Charitable Hospital on the Mount of Olives in East Jerusalem, the PCRF has set up the first and only pediatric intensive care unit in Palestine, as well as providing millions of dollars worth of donated supplies and equipment. The main consulting arm of this program through the PCRF is the International Pediatric Cardiac Relief Organization (IPCRO), undert the leadership of Dr. B. Sethia. Hundreds of children have had life-saving open-heart surgery through the PCRF program in Makassed, and the unit is closer to self-sufficiency than ever before. Dr. Stefano Luisi/Italy Over the past few years, Dr. Ste- fano Luisi from Messa, Italy has led several missions to Palestine with the PCRF to support the pediat- ric cardaic surgery program. He has also treated several children through the PCRF for free at his hos- pital in Italy. Dr. Luisi is also very ac- tive with his local government and January 9-16 April 18-25 NGOs in Italy to raise funds for this Surgeon Dr. Stefano Luisi, Surgeon Dr. Stefano Luisi program and provide training and anesthesiologist Dr. PierAntoni Furfori was joined by surgeon Dr. equipment for doctors in Makassed. and Cardiologist/Intensivist Dr. Tizian Anna Filomena Maizza, In 2009, Dr. Luisi led four surgery Spadoni worked for a week with the local anesthesiologist Dr. Dorela missions to Palestine with the PCRF. team treating over a dozen children from Haxhiademi and perfusionist They were: the West Bank and Gaza Strip Alba Buselli for a week of complex operations on sick babies from the West Bank and Gaza Strip. June 6-14 Surgeon Dr. Stefano Luisi led his third mission that included surgeon Dr. Anna Maizza, intensivist/ anesthsiologist Dr. Paolo Del Sarto and OR nurse Gabriele Giorgi. The Palestine Children’s 24 Relief Annual Report 2009 Fund November 6-13 Dr. Stefano Luisi led his fourth mission of 2009 with surgeon Dr. Luigi Arcieri and intensive care and anesthesiologist Dr. Paolo Del Sarto, who has also been on several past mission to Palestine. Anesthesiologist technician Daniela Pardini and ICU nurse Valentina Molese also participated in this mission. For the year 2009, Dr. Luisi and his team from Messa saved the lives of dozens of sick babies from the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Dr. B. Sethia/United January 29-February 2: Kingdom Surgeon Dr. B. Sethia and ICU nurse Since 1999, Dr. Sethia Jody Luckie went to Makassed Hospital to provide open-heart has been leading Brit- surgery on children with congenital ish teams to Palestine heart disease. In only a weekend of through the PCRF, volunteer work, Dr. Sethia managed providing hundreds of to operate on eight children who sick babies life-saving were born with heart defects. care that they other- wise would not get lo- cally. Dr. Sethia works at the Royal Brompton March 13-17 Hospital in London and For the second time in 2009, is the president-elect Dr. B. Sethia, of the main consult- and ICU nurse ing group for building Natasha Pool a pediatric cardiac provided care surgery program in for eight sick Palestine, IPCRO. He children who were born with led three missions to heart disease. Makassed Hospital in 2009. They were: P C R F, A n o n - p r o f i t h u m a n i t a r i a n r e l i e f o r g a n a z a t i o n 25 Dr. Alan Kerr/New Zealand October 3-November 5 Since 2000, Dr. Alan Kerr, Throughout the month of October, a 3-member a senior cardiac surgeon team of doctors and nurses from New Zealand (ret.) from Green Lane worked hard to save the lives of babies with Hospital in Auckland, New congenital heart disease at Makassed Hospital Zealand has spent more on the Mount of Olives in East Jerusalem. Led time providing children in by Dr. Alan Kerr, the team included Palestine life-saving open- anesthesiologist and intensivist Dr. David heart surgery than any Buckley and ICU nurse Nikki Gini, both of whom other volunteer foreign have also worked in Palestine with the PCRF in surgeon. Hundreds of sick the past. babies have had life-saving surgery by Dr. Kerr, who November 28-December 4 has worked in Ramallah Surgeon Dr. B. Sethia Hospital in the West Bank, led a team that included Shifa Hospital in the Gaza anesthesiologist Dr. Alistair Strip and now in Makassed Cranston from Birmingham Hospital in East Jerusalem. Children’s Hospital, and Dr. Kerr is able to spend ICU nurses from Brompton extended periods of time Hospital, Jodie Luckie and at the hospital treating Lydia Lofton. Most of this kids and training local team have been on several personnel. He led three past missions to Palestine extended missions in 2009. in the past. Over a dozen They were: babies were treated. April 25-May 28 December 5-19 On May 28th, Dr. Alan Kerr, Dr. Kerr returned in a senior cardiac surgeon early December for a from Greenlane Hospital two-week mission with (ret.) in Auckland, New Portugese intensivist Zealand finished a month- Dr. Antonio Pires, and long mission of providing New Zealand ICU nurse pediatric cardiac surgery Warren Nairn. Nearly on dozens of sick babies two dozen babies had at Makassed Hospital on life-saving surgery. the Mount of Olives in East Jerusalem. The Palestine Children’s 26 Relief Annual Report 2009 Fund Dr. Dominique Metras/France Dr. Michael Cooper Over the past few years, Dr. In September, Dr. Michael Cooper, a pediatric cardiologist working in Dominique Metras from, the head the Bay Area, provided free screening on children with congenital heart of cardiac surgery at Hospital disease at the PCRF clinic in Ramallah. Dr. Cooper has been on several d’Enfants de la Timone in Marselle, past mission to Palestine through the PCRF and has identified several France has been doing surgery sick children who later had open-heart surgery through the PCRF missions to Makassed Hospital in surgery missions at Makassed Hospital. coordination with the PCRF and the Consulate of France in East Jerusalem. His mission in 2009 was from February 9-16 and included OR nurse Dr. Patrick Siclis. P C R F, A n o n - p r o f i t h u m a n i t a r i a n r e l i e f o r g a n a z a t i o n 27 Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery The first volunteer mission that the PCRF ever sent to Palestine back in the 1990s was in plastic surgery. There are hundreds of children with injuries or birth defects every year in Palestine who need plastic and reconstructive surgery that is not easily available to them locally. The PCRF sponsors a local surgery program in the West Bank by Dr. Hisham Ammous, as well as a cleft surgery program in Gaza by Dr. Nafez Shaban. However, there are still hundreds of kids in need of surgery through visiting teams. In 2009 we sent several teams to treat hundreds of children with congenital malformations and injuries. They were: Dr. Diachi Morioka Dr. Bill Riley and Dr. Mike Parker On February 17, Dr. Diachi On October 9, a 6-member team of doctors Morioka, a plastic and and nurses from the USA arrived in the Dr. Maher Anous reconstructive surgeon from besieged West Bank town of Nablus for a On January 15, Dr. Maher Anous Japan, was refused entry into the week of plastic and reconstructive surgery from Seattle, Washington started besieged Gaza Strip by the Israeli in Rafidiah Hospital. Led by Dr. Bill Riley a week of surgery at Rafidiah authorities, despite having gone from Houston, Texas and Dr. Mike Parker Hospital in the West Bank town to Gaza in the past and working from Akron, Ohio, the team also included of Nablus. Joining him were last December in the West Bank surgical assistant Silvia Kornenak and anesthesiologist Dr. Hafez Sami through the PCRF. There were anesthesia assistant Ukeme Umoren, as from Illinois and OR nurse Candi hundreds of burned and injured well as OR nurse Amal Jubran from San Anous from Seattle. They treated children waiting for Dr. Morioka Diego and anesthesiologist Dr. Paul Meyer dozens of burned and injured in Gaza, but his application to from Iowa. Both Dr. Meyer and Ms. Jubran children who otherwise would enter Gaza was denied and he were part of the PCRF mission during the not get the care that they was forced to go back to the New first week of October in Nablus doing needed locally. Dr. Anous also Jericho Hospital in the West Bank pediatric urology and cleft lip and palate led a mission to Gaza in 2003 to treat dozens of burned children. surgery. Dr. Riley and Dr. Parker both have through the PCRF, but was not The mission was in cooperation been on several past PCRF missions to able to get into Gaza during this with the Japan-Palestinian Medical Palestine and have both provided expert trip because of the IDF assault. Association (JPMA). surgery care for hundreds of poor and needy children. The Palestine Children’s 28 Relief Annual Report 2009 Fund Cleft Lip & Palate Repair Surgery Over the past few years, the PCRF has been building a program with many international volunteers and organza- tions to address the issue of children born woth facial deformities in Palestine, particularly with cleft lip and palates. Through a 2007 grant from The Smile Train, the PCRF has been able to help hundreds of kids get free care, as well as set up and sponsor international medical conferences in Ramallah with the Palestinian Cleft Society. Several mis- sions were also sponsored in 2009 to the West Bank by the PCRF. They were: Dr. John Wallace and Dr. Mohammed Erekat Dr. John van Aalst and Dr. Libby Wilson On October 2nd, a 3-member On June 10th, two American plastic surgery teams started surgery team of doctors from the USA missions on children with facial deformities, mainly cleft lip and palate arrived in the West Bank town of malformations, at the Jericho and Tulkarem government hospitals in the Nablus to start a week of plastic West Bank. Led by Dr. John van Aalst, the chief of pediatric plastic surgery and reconstructive surgery on at the University of North Carolina, the Tulkarem team included ENT children with cleft lip and palate surgeon Dr. Austin Rose, Dr. Ra-id Jalad, Dr. Saif Yacoub, and nurse Cindy deformities. The team included van Aalst. All of these doctors have worked as volunteers with the PCRF in surgeons Dr. John Wallace and Dr. the past and over a half-dozen surgery missions have been sent to Thabet Mohammad Erakat, and included Thabet hospital in Tulkarem, treating hundreds of children. In Jericho, anesthesiologist Dr. Paul Meyer, surgeon Dr. Libby Wilson from Los Angeles and anesthesia assistant Tim who has been on several past PCRF Hatcher volunteered their time to treat dozens of patients with facial missions. They worked at Rafidiah deformities. This is both of their first trip to Palestine via the PCRF. Hospital. Dr. Mark Ray On July 22, a 3-member team from the USA completed a 10-day mission to Ramallah Hospital, treating children with congenital facial deformities, mainly those suffering from cleft lip and palate malformations. The team was led by Tennessee surgeon Dr. Mark Ray, who has led several surgery missions to Palestine through the PCRF over the past few years, and included OR nurse Savanna Ray and anesthesiologist Dr. Richard Bosco, who also worked as a volunteer in the past with the PCRF. P C R F, A n o n - p r o f i t h u m a n i t a r i a n r e l i e f o r g a n a z a t i o n 29 Orthopedic and Spine Surgery The PCRF has been working to build a spine surgery program for children in the West Bank for the past nine years, as well as continuing to bring teams in from overseas to provide expert orthopedic care for children in need. In 2009, we sponsored several missions to Palestine. They were: Dr. Tom Bailey On March 5, Dr. Tom Bailey, a Clinical Professor of Orthopedic Surgery from the University of Georgia in Augusta completed a week of spine surgery and teaching for local doctors at the Specialized Hospital in Nablus. This is Dr. Bailey’s third mission to Palestine through the PCRF, and is part of an ongoing effort by the PCRF to build a local spine surgery program in Palestine for children with scoliosis. Dr. Bailey is training Dr. Ala’a Azmi El Shiekh, who is the only spine surgeon for children in Palestine and was trained several years ago at the Shriners Hospital in Los Angeles. Dr. John van Aalst and Dr. Libby Wilson (2nd mission of 2009) Chilean Plastic & Orthopedic MIssion Treat Children in Jenin On November 13, a nine-member On July 6, a 3-member team from the South American nation of Chile team of doctors and nurses from completed a 10-day long mission in the West Bank town of Jenin, treating the USA arrived in the West Bank for children with burns and other plastic surgery needs, as well as children a week of plastic and reconstructive with orthopedic disorders. The team surgery on patients at the Thabet included pediatric surgeon Dr. Jorge Larrea Thabet Hospital in Tulkarem, as well Jorquera, Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Veronica as the New Jericho Hospital. Led Vilches Galves, and anesthesiologist Dr. by Prof. John van Aalst from the Patricia Bondi. University of North Carolina, the team included surgeons Dr. Libby The PCRF has sponsored and organized Wilson, Anesthetist Dr. Ron Herrin, several recent missions by volunteers ENT specialist Dr. Josh Demke and surgeons from Chile, including teams in Dr. Laura Swibel, and nurses Bobby pediatric urology and pediatric surgery. Silvers, Tim Hatcher, Cindy van otherwise would not get locally. Aalst and speech therapist Susan Duncan. This was their 2nd mission to Palestine in 2009. The Palestine Children’s 30 Relief Annual Report 2009 Fund Dr. Jiab Suleiman Dr. Tim Keenan On September 12, Dr. Jiab On October 17, Dr. Tim Keenan, an Australian orthopedic Suleiman from Dearborn, MI went surgeon, arrived in the West Bank town of Nablus for to Ramallah Hospital to operate a week of arthroscopic surgery and training for local on childen with orthopedic doctors at the Rafidiah Hospital. His team included deformities. This is Dr. Suleiman’s anesthesiologist Dr. Orysia Sandry and OR nurse first mission to Palestine through Margie Brewster. Dr. Keenan has led several past the PCRF. We will sponsor another missions to Palestine through the PCRF and is active on mission in 2010 with him to the humanitarian work all over the world. West Bank. Chilean Orthopedic Mission Completes Week in Jericho On November 12, a 3-member team of doctors from Chile completed a week of surgery at the New Jericho Hospital in the West Bank. The team was from the Hospital Clínico San Borja Arriarán at the Instituto Nacional de Rehabilitación Pedro Aguirre Cerda and was led by surgeon Dr. Yerko Cuevas. The two other team members were Dr. Victor San Martín and Dr. Johnny Yañez. The operated on several children from all over the West Bank with orthopedic deformities. P C R F, A n o n - p r o f i t h u m a n i t a r i a n r e l i e f o r g a n a z a t i o n 31 Urological Surgery The lack of advanced pediatric urological care in Palestine has resulted in hundreds of children with disorders requiring care by visiting missions, or treatment abroad. The PCRF continues to be the main NGO sending these missions to treat children in Palestine. Several urological missions went to Palestine in 2009, and we helped to host a urological conference in Ramal- lah with the Palestinain Urological Society and International Volunteers in Urology (IVU). Three PCRF urology missions work in April, join international conference on Urology On April 4th, a large delegation of doctors and nurses from the USA and Chile completed a mission to the West Bank in which they provided free urological surgery at Hebron, Ramallah and the Rafidiah government hospitals in Nablus. The PCRF teams were in coordination with International Volunteers in Urology (IVU), an American charity who we have cooperated in the past. The teams included surgeons Dr. Scott Eggener from Chicago, Dr. José Ricardo Yañez Pizarro from Concepción, Chile, Dr. John Gazak from North Carolina, Dr. Kevin Healy from Iowa, Akira Toyama CRNA from Loma Linda, CA, and nurses Amal Jubran from San Diego and Theresa Bubb from Portland. Little Wings Foundation: Two Missions In addition to treating dozens of needy patients at all three institutions On November 21, a 3-member team and training local physicians, the doctors also held a conference at from the Little Wings Foundation the Grand Park Hotel in Ramallah in cooperation with the Palestinian in Dubai arrived in the West Bank Urological Society, which was attended by doctors from all over the West to start a week of orthopedic Bank. Lectures were provided in many different aspects of urological surgery at Ramallah Hospital. Led disease and treatments, and it was the first time that international teams by Dr. Marc Sinclair and Dr. Chris provided such scientific lectures in Palestine. Whatley, from Medcare Hospital in Dubai, and nurse Gillain Beale, the team. The PCRF is also sends children to Dubai for treatment via Little Wings. This was their second mission with the PCRF to Palestine in 2009. In April, Dr. Sinclair led a Little Wings mission to Jericho Hospital and provided dozens of children free care. The Palestine Children’s 32 Relief Annual Report 2009 Fund Dr, John Bingham In late October, Dr. John Bingham, a pediatric urologist was joined by anesthesiologist Dr. Imre Redai and OR nurse Amal Jubran to do a urological surgery mission at Rafidiah Hospital in Nablus. This was Dr. Bingham and Dr. Redai’s first missions to Palestine, while Amal Jubran has joined several past Dr. Joseph A. Pettus teams. Nearly two dozen children On November 8, Dr. Joseph A. Pettus, an Assistant Professor in the were treated on this mission. Department of Urology at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC arrived in the West Bank town of Hebron to begin a week of urological surgery on poor patients at Alia government hospital. This was his first trip to Palestine with the PCRF and he brought medical supplies and equipment to use and donate to the hospital, as well as helping to train the local staff in new methods in urology. P C R F, A n o n - p r o f i t h u m a n i t a r i a n r e l i e f o r g a n a z a t i o n 33 Neurosurgery For the past several years, the PCRF has been helping to provide expert nerve and neurological surgery for sick and injured children from the West Bank and Gaza Strip, where there is a lack of specialists and adequate care. Working mainly with teams from France and the USA, we have been able to provide many complicated cases a high level of quality care, as well as training and experience for local medical personnel. 2009’s mission were: French Missions to Gaza in American Pediatric Neurosurgery January, March and July treat Mission war victims On December 12, a 6-member team of In January, March and again doctors and nurses from the USA finished in July, French surgery teams treating children with neurosurgery needs led by Prof. Christophe Oberlin at both Ramallah Hospital and Makassed went to the besieged Gaza Hospital in East Jerusalem. Led by Prof. Strip to continue training local Alex Zouros from Loma Linda University personnel in neurosurgery, as in California, who has led several teams well as treating injured civilians suffering from war-related injuries. to Palestine with the PCRF in the past, On January 12th, Prof. Oberlin led two other doctors -- surgeon Dr. the team included Chicago surgeon Jacques Beres and anesthesiologist Dr. Christophe Denantes -- into Dr. Ahmed Khaldi, surgeon Dr. Samer Gaza through Egypt and helped care for many seriously injured Elbabaa from the University of Arkansas, civilians. This team has worked in Gaza through the PCRF and returning anesthesiologist Dr. Deanna French consulate for years and have been training local Palestinian Dalia from Cincinnati, Loma Linda surgical surgeons in micro peripheral nerve surgery since 2003. resident Dr. Justin Spooler and returning anesthesia assistant from Cincinnati, Ms. In early July, Prof. Oberlin led a 5-member team into Gaza via the Christine Schuckmann. The PCRF has been Erez crossing in coordination with the French consulate in East working with Prof. Zouros and his team to Jerusalem, and the European Union. The team worked already help improve the quality of care there for during the IDF assault on Gaza, and in March, as well as several children with significant head and spinal times in the past few years. They provide not only surgery on disorders. needy patients, but also teaching and certification for local doctors in peripheral nerve surgery. The July team included Dr. Oliver Mares, Dr. Lucia Heras-Garcia, Dr. Jesus Dia-Guijarro Hayes and anesthesiologist Dr. Christophe Denantes, who has led several teams to both Gaza and Jenin in the past. Five other surgeons were to participate on this mission to Gaza, but were denied entry into the Strip by the Israeli government. The Palestine Children’s 34 Relief Annual Report 2009 Fund Ophthalmolic Surgery For 10 years, the PCRF has saved the eyesight of thousands of poor and needy Palestinains all over the Middle East, including the West Bank, Gaza, Lebanon’s camps and Syria. Expert teams from all over the world have been volunteering in providing free cataract surgery, as well as equipment and supply. They also are training local per- sonnel. The missions to Palestine in 2009 were: Eye surgery team treats several Dr. Francis Nathan trip to Nablus El Salvador Team Returns to Treat dozen patients in Nablus On March 26, Australian eye Patients in Nablus In Mid-May, a 3-person team of surgeon Dr. Francis Nathan November 21, a 3-member team ophthalmic surgeons and nurses completed a cataract mission at of surgeons from El Salvador arrived in Rafidiah Hospital for a Rafidiah Hospital in Nablus that returned to the West Bank town of week of cataract surgery on poor restored vision to several dozen Nablus to provide free surgery on people in the northern West Bank. poor and needy people from the patients suffering from cataracts Led by Dr. Roberto Jules from El northern West Bank. Dr. Nathan and ENT disorders that are not Salvador and Baillie Brown from has lead over a dozen ophthalmic easily treatable in Palestine. The California, the team provided missions to Palestine and Lebanon team was led by eye surgeon Dr. dozens of poor people sight-saving through the PCRF for nearly 10 Roberto Jules, who has worked with cataract surgery. Both have worked years, having treated thousands of the PCRF in the past, and fellow with the PCRF in the past several Palestinians in Gaza, the West Bank eye surgeon Dr. Karla Salazar de years and have provided hundreds and Lebanon’s camps. In addition Villeda provided free expert care of poor people sight-saving to providing millions of dollars on dozens of needy patients and treatment. worth of donated medical services improving their sight, while Dr. Rey for poor people in the Middle East, Villeda operated on many patients Dr. Nathan also has been training suffering from disorders with the local eye surgeons and providing eyes, ears and noses. This team important education in an effort to worked in the past with the PCRF improve the quality of eye care in and are warmly welcomed by the Palestine and Lebanon. He also led local staff and patients for their a mission in November to Lebanon. hard work and dedication. P C R F, A n o n - p r o f i t h u m a n i t a r i a n r e l i e f o r g a n a z a t i o n 35 Pediatric and General Surgery The PCRF continues to work with the Ministry of Health to help improve the quality of pediatric and general surgery in the West Bank by sponsoring missions by international teams of specialists. The missions to Palestine in 2009 were: Dr. Saad Saad Dr. Jamest Starling Leads Two Mission to Palestine On May 2, a two-member In June and again in November, Dr. James Starling, a general surgeon from team from New Jersey the University of Wisconsin, provided completed a week of expert treatment on complex cases, as pediatric surgery on well as training for local surgeons at children with congenital Alia Government Hospital in Hebron, malformations at Ramallah as well as the Beit Jala Government Hospital in the West Bank. Hospital near Bethlehem. He also led The team was comprised of a mission to Hebron, helping to treat surgeon Dr. Saad Saad and dozens of poor and needy patients in anesthesiologist Dr. Khaled the Southern West Bank. Morsi, and they operated on 25 children with significant US Surgeons Treat Patients in Jenin defects who otherwise would On July 18, a two-member team from the USA completed a week of general not get the care that they surgery on poor patients at the Jenin Government Hospital in the northern needed locally. Both Dr. Saad West Bank. Surgeons Dr. Wael Otaibi, and Dr. Morsi worked with a fellow in Transplant Surgery from the the PCRF in 2008 in Palestine Washington University Medical Center Dr. Saad’s wife Dale Saad, in St. Louis, and Dr. Clarisa Hammer from who is a nurse, provided Los Angeles provided extensive surgery training for over 80 staff on patients from the northern West members in the West Bank in Bank who otherwise would not get the both CPR and BAL. adequate care that they needed locally. The Palestine Children’s 36 Relief Annual Report 2009 Fund Maxillofacial and Pediatric Dental Surgery For the past several years, the PCRF has been working with international volunteers in providing expert maxillofai- cal and pediatric dental surgery for poor children. There is a dire need to improve the quality of care in Palestine in these specialties. The missions to Palestine in 2009 were: Two missions to Northern West Bank Treat Dozens of Children On June 12th, a 3-member team of doctors from the USA arrived in the West Bank town of Tulkarem and another 4-member international team went to Nablus to provide free treatment on dental and maxillofacial patients who otherwise would not get the care that they needed locally. The Tulkarem mission provided dental surgery on pediatric patients with special needs and included surgeons Dr. Bilal Siab from North Carolina and Dr. Sahar Alrayyas from Chicago, and anesthesiologist Dr. Paul Meyer from Iowa. The Nablus mission was a continuation of the maxillofacial program at Rafidiah Hospital and was led by Dr. Khaled Abughazaleh from Chicago and included Ecuadorean sureons Prof. Fernando Sandoval Vernmmennand his son Dr. Fernando Jose Sandoval Portilla, as well as Dr. Hussein Abu Khudair, head of anesthesia at King Hussein Cancer Center in Jordan. All seven doctors have all been on past humanitarian missions to Palestine via the PCRF. The mission to the Dr. Thabet Thabet government hospital in Tulkarem is part of on ongoing program in pediatric dental surgery there to help build up the local capacity and infrastructure. Past donations of equipment in dental surgery for the hospital have helped to make it a center now for this kind of care. The mission to Rafidiah Hospital is also an ongoing program to build a long-term surgical program there and tens of thousands of dollars of medical equipment was donated and purchased through generous donations from the Palestine Humanitarian Aid Project, Scanlan International and Biohorizon. Pediatric dental surgery team treats children in Bethlehem On May 21, a 4-member team of doctors and nurses from Sacramento arrived in the West Bank town of Bethlehem to start treating children with special dental needs at a clinic in the Dheisheh refugee camp. Led by Dr. Jeffrey Saladin, the team included Aleksandr Pavlov, Sharon Peraza and Maren Shawesh. They provided a week of high-quality dental surgery for children with serious physical and other issues who otherwise cannot get adequate dental care locally. Clinics and training have been organized over the past few years in coordination with the ministry of health and the Palestinian Dental Association. P C R F, A n o n - p r o f i t h u m a n i t a r i a n r e l i e f o r g a n a z a t i o n 37 Missions to Lebanon Vascular surgeon returns to Lebanon for 7th mission On January 25, vascular surgeon Dr. Munir Al-Zufari returned to Lebanon for a week of critical screening and surgery on poor, refugees in the Borj Barajneh refugee camp in Beirut. Dr. Munir has led seven vascular surgery missions to Lebanon through the PCRF, providing specialized treatment and screenings for hundreds of needy patients. During this most recent mission, Dr. Munir worked for five days in Haifa Hospital, screening 92 International Maxillofacial Team cases, while performing surgery on 42 needy patients using the latest non- Returns to Nablus to Treat Needy invasive procedure called schlerotherapy. Dr. Munir last led a mission to Patients Lebanon though the PCRF in August of 2008. On November 14, a 7-member team of doctors from North and South America arrived in the West Bank town of Nablus to start a week of maxillofacial surgery on needy patients from the northern West Bank. The team was led by Dr. Khaled Abughazaleh from Chicago, and nearly all of the team members had volunteered in Palestine in the past with the PCRF. The team members included Prof. Rafael Ruiz Rodriguez and Dr. Juan Carlos Lopez Noriega from the University of Mexico, Dr. Fernando Sandoval Vernimmen from the University of San Francisco, Quito, Ecuador, and two anesthesiologists from Cedar Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, Dr. Omar Durra and Dr. Alen Ternian. Tufts University oral surgery resident, Dr. Ruba Khader, also joined the team for the first time. Over 100 patients were screened on the first day, and nearly two dozen patients treated during the week of hard work and expert surgery. The Palestine Children’s 38 Relief Annual Report 2009 Fund Hand Surgeon Treats Palestinian Refugee Children On June 5th, Dr. Jose Monsivais from El Paso, Texas arrived for a week of hand surgery on Palestinian refugees at Haifa Hospital in the Bourj Al Barajna refugee camp in Beirut. Dr. Monsivais is considered one of the top hand surgeons in the world and volunteered his time and efforts to help the Palestinian refugee population in the diaspora get the kind of specialized health care that they do not have easy access to in Lebanon due to their refugee status. This is his first mission through the PCRF and he provided specialized care for over a dozen needy patients. Dr. Hisham Ammous Leads Two Plastic Surgery Missions to Refugee Camps In February and again in July, Dr. Hisham Ammous, the head of plastic surgery at Makassed Hospital in East Jerusalem, led two missions to Lebanon to provide plastic surgery on injured children in the Palestinian refugee camps. In February and and the first week of July, Dr. Ammous operated at the Haifa Hospital in the Bourj Al Barajnah refugee camp in Beirut. For the 2nd week of July, Dr. Ammous was joined by Dr. Bithainah Al- Shunnar, a plastic surgeon of Palestinian origin from Dubai. They worked together at the Safad Hospital in the Badwai refugee camp in Tripoli. Dr. Ammous has led several missions to Lebanon for the PCRF in the past, and this was Dr. Al-Shunnar’s first mission for the PCRF. Over 50 burned and injured children were treated on these two missions. P C R F, A n o n - p r o f i t h u m a n i t a r i a n r e l i e f o r g a n a z a t i o n 39 American Pediatric Dental Surgeon Completes Mission to Palestinian Camps in Lebanon On October 10, Dr. Daniel Ravel from North Carolina arrived in Lebanon for a week of treating special needs children from the Palestinian refugee camps. Dr. Ravel has led several past missions to Palestine and Lebanon for the PCRF and is active is improving the quality of health care in pediatric dentistry for Palestinian children. Dr. Ravel screen and treated children in the Bourj Al-Shamali refugee camp, the Naher Al Bared camp, which was destroyed by the Lebanese army in 2007, and Al Badawi camp in Tripoli in the north, as well as in the Shatila refugee camp in Beirut. Most of the children were operated on in Haifa Hospital in the Bourj Al Barajna refugee camp in Beirut. These special needs children are not treated through Dr. Francis Nathan returns to traditional dentistry and the PCRF is dedicated to helping to provide them provide eye surgery for refugees the care that they need, On November 2nd, Dr. Francis as well as to continue to and Merlin Nathan from Australia train and teach the local arrived in Lebanon to start a dental professionals in 10-day period of surgery at the helping to care for these Human Call Hospital in the Ein el kids, who require an OR Hilweh Refugee camp. Dr. Nathan setting and anesthesia. has led several past missions for the PCRF to Gaza, Nablus and Lebanon, treating over 1,000 poor Refugee Women in Lebanon get Palestinians with cataracts and breast cancer screening improving their sight. The nearly From October 21 to November 2nd, 100,000 refugees in the Ein el general surgeon Dr. Cathy Brenner Hilweh camp near Sidon, Lebanon from Alaska provided breast cancer have little access to quality health screening on nearly 100 Palestinian care, and remain under siege by the refugee women in the camps in Lebanese army, who surround the Lebanon. She was joined by her camp with military checkpoints and husband, Dr. David Brenner, at the limit those leaving and entering the Haifa Hospital in the Bourj Al Barajna camp. The local surgeon, Dr. Hasan refugee camp in Beirut. This is a new awareness campaign launched by Manana also worked hard to ensure the PCRF and the Brenners to educate the female population in the camps that the dozens of patients in need in Lebanon on the importance of early detection of breast cancer, as well got the care required to have a as the means for doing self-examinations. Nine women were in need of better life. some intervention as a result of these exams, and many more now are aware of the importance and ability to do self-examinations. This will be an ongoing campaign to help Palestinian women address the problem of early detection of breast cancer in the future. The Palestine Children’s 40 Relief Annual Report 2009 Fund Annual Report 2009 The Palestine Children’s Relief Fund A non-profit humanitarian relief organazation Humanitarian Relief Projects for 2009 While the PCRF is the main NGO providing expert surgery by volunteer teams for sick and injured Arab children, we’re also dedicated to assisting needy children in need of humanitarian care. The crisis facing Palestinian and Arab children in the region far exceeds just those children in need of specialized surgery, which is why we continue to provide powder milk for malnourished children, sponsor summer camps for disabled and impoverished youths, support nurseries and eyeglasses for poor children in Lebanon’s refugee camps, donate school bags and diapers, distribute hundreds of wheelchairs for poor children, and support a women empowerment project in Lebanon. These projects are designed to help alleviate the suffering of children living under military occupation and enduring the effects of poverty, military siege and war. P C R F, A n o n - p r o f i t h u m a n i t a r i a n r e l i e f o r g a n a z a t i o n 41 Over One Hundred Children Provided Plastic Surgery by Two Local Surgeons in Gaza, the West Bank Throughout 2009, the PCRF has sponsored plastic and reconstructive surgery on over one-hundred children by Dr. Hisham Ammous in the West Bank and Dr. Nafez Abu Shaban in the Gaza Strip. Dr. Ammous is the head of the burn unit at Makassed Hospital in East Jerusalem and we have been sponsoring surgery for children from all over the West Bank who need specialized surgery both at Makassed and in local hospital from Jenin to Hebron. Over 100 children had plastic surgery through our sponsorship with Dr. Ammous. In the besieged Gaza Strip, the PCRF has been working with The Smile Train to support cleft lip and palate surgery for children through Dr. Nafez Abu Shaban, who is the head of the burn unit at the Shifa Hospital in Gaza City. Nearly 60 children with facial deformities had surgery through the financial and administrative support of the PCRF and The Smile Train in 2009. The Palestine Children’s 42 Relief Annual Report 2009 Fund Handicapped Children get free wheelchairs in Palestine On May 29th, a four-man American team went to Ramallah to distribute two 40-containers of wheelchairs shipped to Palestine earlier in the year. One container was sent to Ramallah and over one-hundred disabled and handicapped children from all over the West Bank arrived for specialized pediatric chairs, which were specially fit based on the specific needs of each child by volunteers Greg Skolaski, Tom Glumac, Michael Allen and Neil Frame. The PCRF partnered with Wheels for Humanity on both containers. ANERA helped to clear Israeli customs. The team was denied permission to enter Gaza to continue the distribution for injured and disabled youths, so the PCRF staff in Gaza distributed the chairs directly to handicapped children. Child Handicapped Sponsorship Project For the past 10 years, the PCRF has been identifying poor, disabled children through the Gaza Strip, Lebanon›s refugee camps and the West Bank whose families are too poor to provide them the medicine or supplies that they need to adequately address their illness or disability. Once these children are properly screened, we seek to place them with sponsors outside of Palestine who pay a certain amount each month, 100% of which goes towards the children›s needs. Nearly 200 disabled children are in the sponsorship program and the donor›s abroad are provided letters and photos from the children or their families on a quarterly basis. If you would like to sponsor a child, please contact email@example.com P C R F, A n o n - p r o f i t h u m a n i t a r i a n r e l i e f o r g a n a z a t i o n 43 Free Hygiene Kits for Hundreds of Children In 2009, the PCRF joined with the Latter Day Saints Charities in East Jerusalem to provide hundreds of Palestinian children in the besieged Gaza Strip and the poorer areas of the West Bank free hygiene kits. The ones for Gaza were provided at a particularly crucial time due to the Israelis assaults there and Day Care Support for Refugee Children in Lebanon the thousands of displaced people within the Strip, For the past few years, the PCRF has helped to support living in cramped areas with little facilities. The PCRF refugee children in four camps in Lebanon through has worked with LDSC in the past on wheelchair the Beit Atfal Asomoud NGO. Over 200 poor children shipments, as well as other kids of humanitarian aid for are provided food and supplies, which their families poor and needy children. cannot afford for them. This program is to help alleviate the financial hardships that many families in the camps in Lebanon face in helping provide their children the support they need to start them on early educational activities. The location of these camps are: Naher El-Bared RC Tripoli Shatila RC Beirut Ein El-Helwi RC Saida Borj Al-Shamali RC Tyre The Palestine Children’s 44 Relief Annual Report 2009 Fund Food for Gaza children during Ramadan In the Holy month of Ramadan, the PCRF provided tens of thousands of dollars worth of donated food for poor and needy children in the besieged Gaza Strip. Due to the serious signs of increasing chronic and acute malnutrition, tens of thousands of Gaza children go hungry on a daily basis. It is estimated that 80% of the population live under the poverty line. While it is impossible with the PCRF’s limited resources to feed every child in need, we are doing our best to help as many as possible by providing children basic foodstuffs, and appreciate the support of so many donors and volunteers who have been helping in this humanitarian cause. January-February Food Distributions in the Gaza Strip During and following the January assault on the people of Gaza, which left thousands of innocent civilians injured and wounded, the PCRF provided tens of thousands of dollars worth of basic food-stuffs, powder milk for malnourished children and diapers for poor mothers with needy children. Thousands of Gazans were assisted with this aid, of which 100% went directly to the recipients through the PCRF. While the problem of hunger and malnutrition in the Gaza Strip remains a significant humanitarian crisis for relief organizations and even foreign governments to address, without lifting the Israeli and Egyptian siege, there is little that can be done to solve this problem, only to help lessen the hunger and hardships that the people there experience. P C R F, A n o n - p r o f i t h u m a n i t a r i a n r e l i e f o r g a n a z a t i o n 45 School Bags for Children January Relief for Eyeglasses for Poor Orthopedic Shoes and in the West Bank and Internally Displaced Palestinian Children Inhalation Sets for Gaza Gaza Strip Persons in Central Gaza Thousands of Palestinian Children At the beginning of the The PCRF provided aid children in the West Bank, Dozens of children in the school year, the PCRF for hundreds of internal Lebanon’s camps and southern and central Gaza provided hundreds of refugees during the IDF the Gaza Strip have been regions were provided children in the West Bank January assault on the provided free eyeglasses free inhalation sets and and Gaza Strip book bags. Al Jouher Al Deek and through the PCRF over orthopedic shoes through This is an annual project Al Moghraka areas of the past few years. In the PCRF in an attempt to to help poor families deal the Burij and Al Nuseirat 2009, hundreds more assist them and their poor with the financial burdens refugee camps in central children were provided families to manage their of sending their children Gaza. These families ophthalmic exams and medical conditions. to school with the proper were harbored at U.N. free glasses, enabling materials. The increase school in Nuseirat camp them to improve their in poverty and economic for safety and were eyesight for school and suffering among the provided food, blankets, to assist them in their general population has pillows, mattresses, education. The PCRF resulted in a higher diapers, diabetic medicine will continue with this degree of neglect among and other humanitarian humanitarian program in children, and we are aid to assist them during 2010. working hard to meet this this very difficult time. situation. The Palestine Children’s 46 Relief Annual Report 2009 Fund Facilitation of Urgent Humanitarian Relief in Gaza with MBRAM from Dubai On January 16, a truck carrying 28,800 cans of powder milk arrived in the besieged Gaza Strip for free distribution among poor and malnourished children. This donation was provided by the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum Humanitarian and Charity Establishment (MBRAM) in Dubai, who have been partnering with the PCRF for the past year to arrange free care in the UAE for injured children, as well as to help provide humanitarian aid for the people of Gaza. On January 27th, thousands of hygiene kits were received and distributed in all Gaza strip. Injured and Sick Children Treated in Lebanon In 2009, the PCRF continued to sponsor surgery for injured and sick Palestinian refugees in Lebanese hospitals. Dozens of children with a variety of medical conditions, ranging for heart disease to orthopedic disorders, had tens of thousands of dollars worth of surgery sponsored by the PCRF. Many of these children were too sick to travel abroad for treatment, or could not get care for other reasons, and required the financial sponsorship and aid from the PCRF for their medical care. P C R F, A n o n - p r o f i t h u m a n i t a r i a n r e l i e f o r g a n a z a t i o n 47 Central Gaza Relief Project Sponsored by AusAID/ Women Empowerment Project Australian Government In 2001, the PCRF launched a new project to provide In response to the January assault on the Gaza Strip, start-up econonic grants to poor, widowed mothers as well as to the economic crises resulting from the of large families in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Due closure and siege, the PCRF received a grant from to the ongoing military occupation, war, and siege AusAID of the Australian Government to provided imposed on families throughout the West Bank and urgent humanitarian aid for the population of Central Gaza Strip, the stardard of living and income for large, Gaza. This included ophthalmic exams and eyeglasses poor familes in Palestine has continue to decrease, for over 100 school children, free diapers and other with no one hit harder than single-mother families humanitarian aid for the families of poor children with small children. In response to this crisis, the PCRF suffering from cerbral palsy, inhalation sets for children began providing one-time grants to women, enabling suffering from asthma, and general medical supplies them to begin small businesses or economic efforts for over three dozen disabled persons, including that would provide them with continued income walkers, crutches, and special mattresses for paralyzed and help them to feed and better take care of their persons. In addition, this project provided over 300 children. The majority of this project is now in the babies between the age of 1 day Ein el Hilweh and Bourj al Barajnah refugee camps to three years special nutritional in Beirut. This helps to keep these women culturally milk to address their dietary attached to Palestine while they live in the diaspora, deficiencies. This is the second and also to help them to earn a living while practicing project the PCRF has cooperated a skill. Please visit our web site if you are interested in with the Australian government buying these items and supporting these women. in sponsoring in Central Gaza over the past two years. The Palestine Children’s 48 Relief Annual Report 2009 Fund Summer Camps in Gaza, West Bank, and Lebanon On an annual basis, the PCRF sponsor’s summer camps in the Middle East for Palestinian children who are living under occupation, the diaspora and in dire poverty. Our priority in sponsoring these camps is to bring disabled and handicapped children in relations with mainstream children in an effort to help provide activities and relief for kids who otherwise are idle in the summer. It also helps to build bridges between children from different backgrounds. These camps are held in all areas of the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and in the refugee camps in Lebanon, and have included a certain number of disabled children in each camp to help break down stereotypes that exist in Palestinian society against disabled people, starting with children as a means to ensure the next generation are more understanding and accepting of those among them who suffer from some kind of physical disability. While the older generations in Palestine attach a certain shame towards family, neighbors or others in society who are disabled, we hope that by including children from all over the society into summer camps, the next generation will champion the rights of disabled members of their society and work to make Palestinian society in the territories as well as the diaspora more tolerant and accepting of all members. P C R F, A n o n - p r o f i t h u m a n i t a r i a n r e l i e f o r g a n a z a t i o n 49 West Bank Summer Camps Hebron: July 4 – 14 First Candle for Gaza July 4 – 14 Second Candle for Gaza Bethlehem: July 4 – 15 Palestine Camp July 5 – 18 Alnajah Camp Tulkarem: July 10 – 30 Nour Camp July 10 – 30 Tuor Aljana Qalqilia: July 11 – 23 Bara’a'em camp July 11 – 23 Mara and Ebda’ July 11 – 23 Al-quds camp Ramallah: July 12 – 29 Bukra Ahla July 10 – 25 Marah Camp Jenin: July 15 – 30 Freedom camp July 15 – 31 Future camp Feature Camp: Besmat Amal, Gaza Strip Summer Camps Al-Amari Camp, Ramallah Northern Gaza District July 11 – 27 Summer camp 2009 - Jabalia RC From July 1-15, 2009, the PCRF ran a summer camp in the July 11 – 27 Summer camp 2009 – Beit Lahia Al-Amari refugee camp in Ramallah, which was sponsored by July 11 – 27 Summer camp 2009 - Gaza City Tania Sfair of the “A Child, A Promise” organization. Over 70 Central Gaza District children enjoyed many social, educational and cultural activities, July 4 – 16 Al Basma including music by French guitarist Frank. July 4 – 18 Al Samood July 11 – 30 Summer Smiles Sourthern Gaza District July 4 – 18 Al Amal – Rafah July 18- August 2 Ajyal El Ghad – Rafah Lebanon Summer Camps July 1 – 15 Tomorrow Will Be Sweetest July 17 – 31 Badawi Camp The Palestine Children’s 50 Relief Annual Report 2009 Fund Annual Report 2009 The Palestine Children’s Relief Fund A non-profit humanitarian relief organazation Budget for 2010 P C R F, A n o n - p r o f i t h u m a n i t a r i a n r e l i e f o r g a n a z a t i o n 51 Sponsoring Volunteer Surgery Teams to Palestine and Lebanon: TOTAL BUDGET Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Missions 20 missions $95,000 Orthopedic & Spine Surgery 8 missions $25,000 2010 Plastic Surgery 10 missions $40,000 Ophthalmic Surgery Maxillofacial Surgery 3 missions 2 missions $10,000 $10,000 $583,000 Pediatric Dental Surgery 3 missions $11,000 Cleft Lip and Palate Surgery 4 missions $18,000 Urology 6 missions $25,000 Pediatric & General Surgery 4 missions $15,000 Neurosurgery 4 missions $20,000 TOTAL Surgery Missions $269,000 Sending Injured and Sick Children Abroad for Free Medical Care: To the USA $25,000 To Europe $5,000 To The Middle East $10,000 TOTAL Injured Children Sent Abroad $40,000 Humanitarian Projects: Powder Milk for Malnourished Children in Gaza $10,000 Eyeglasses for poor children $60,000 Wheelchairs $40,000 Summer Camps $30,000 Nurseries in Lebanon›s Camps $9,000 Women Empowerment Project in Lebanon $30,000 School bags for Children $10,000 Orthopedic Shoes for Gaza Children $5,000 Urgent Humanitarian Aid for Individual Gaza Children $10,000 Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery for children in Gaza, West Bank $40,000 TOTAL Humanitarian Projects $274,000 The Palestine Children’s 52 Relief Annual Report 2009 Fund P C R F, A n o n - p r o f i t h u m a n i t a r i a n r e l i e f o r g a n a z a t i o n 53 من الشارقة لفلسطين A Special Thanks On behal of the board of directors, the hundreds of volunteers and the thousands of children who received free surgery and other forms of urgent humanitarian care, we would like to thank Her Excellency Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al-Qassemi and the Salam ya Seghar (Peace for Children) organization for their generous support of dozens of volunteer surgery teams to the West Bank and Gaza Strip in 2009. Their support enabled us to help heal the wounds and save the lives of children from all over the Holy Land, ensuring that these chidlren have a better life free of suffering, and their parents living free from the pain of watching their children go without the medical care that they need.