December 5, 2023
By Janice Biehn
Last Thursday, November 30, the Rev’d Canon Dr. Donald Binder of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem reported that the Al-Ahli Arab Hospital had reopened to patients, thanks to the fragile truce. The long-time PWRDF partner, located in Gaza and operated by the Diocese, had been closed for two weeks amidst heavy conflict in the area, prompting most staff to evacuate.
“The World Health Organization (WHO) was able to oversee a delivery to the hospital, which remains the only functional medical centre in the northern part of Gaza,” wrote Canon Binder, Chaplain to the Archbishop.
The hospital received fuel for the generators, anesthesia, ICU supplies, emergency drugs and IV fluids. Binder also cited a WHO report that the hospital is filled with hundreds of injured patients, with St. Philip’s Chapel being used to accommodate the massive overflow.
“The majority of cases are severe and need more advanced care and surgical intervention. Although volunteer doctors and nurses have responded to appeals for help, Al-Ahli is still in need of additional vascular, neuro and orthopedic surgeons, as well as more drugs and medical supplies to meet the demand.
“We are working with the UN, WHO, and Red Cross/Red Crescent to address these urgent needs,” he wrote. At the time of writing, the Diocese was hopeful that the truce would be extended to allow for more time for humanitarian aid to be delivered. As we now know, the truce ended the next day.
PWRDF is working with the Diocese as well as the Anglican Alliance to ensure funds that have been donated to Al-Ahli are used in the most efficient way. The needs will continue to be great in the weeks and months to come.
Please continue to pray that the flow of supplies and emergency assistance can reach those wounded who remain in such desperate need, and for all who are impacted by this situation, including our partners, staff at the Al-Ahli Hospital and all civilians.
How you can help
Please keep the people affected by the war in your prayers. To support the al-Ahli Hospital and others in need, please donate online to our Gaza Emergency Appeal. You can also donate by phone at 416-822-9083 (or leave a message toll-free at 1-866-308-7973 and we will return your call) or by mail. Send your cheque to PWRDF, 80 Hayden Street, 3rd Floor, Toronto, ON, Canada, M4Y 3G2. Please indicate “Gaza” in the memo field.