Registered Charity No: 1139527 (England & Wales).
In the occupied Palestinian territories, half the population live in poverty and blindness is ten times higher than in the West. Up to 15% of the population are diabetic, therefore 25 times more likely to develop blindness.
We are the only charitable centre for expert eye care in East Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, and have been for over 130 years. St John Eye Hospital cares for those without the ability to pay, regardless of race, religion or ethnicity.
Although the Jerusalem Hospital is our flagship centre, our services cover the entire occupied Palestinian territories. The Gaza Hospital serves nearly 2 million Palestinians who live in isolation in the most heavily populated areas in the world. The Anabta Clinic serves a population of nearly 1 million in the inaccessible north of the West Bank. The Hebron Hospital caters for the residents of Hebron and the surrounding areas. Our new Muristan Clinic and Gardens have also recently been opened in the heart of the Old City of Jerusalem.
Our Mobile Outreach Clinic takes essential eye care to remote communities in the West Bank and Gaza, serving a combined potential population of 4 million people. The Ophthalmic Doctors and Nurses Training Programme we run from the Jerusalem Eye Hospital is in partnership with leading eye hospitals such as Moorfields.
We are not only protecting sight but also safeguarding the economic and social independence of individuals and the livelihood of their families.