Augusta Victoria Hospital (AVH) and the other members of the East
Jerusalem Hospital Network (EJHN) need our help to continue their life-saving
health care ministries in the Holy Land. AVH is owned and operated by the
Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and supported by the Evangelical Lutheran
Church in America (ELCA) and several other member churches of the LWF.
These institutions, which provide high-quality health services to the 5 million Palestinians living in the
West Bank and Gaza, face an ever-growing cash-flow crisis due to U.S. cuts
in funding to the Palestinians last year. Together with the European Union, the
U.S. had been funding about half the costs of patients referred to the EJHN by
the Palestinian Authority. Augusta Victoria provides a wide range of health
care services, but its specialties include radiation therapy for cancer
patients and pediatric kidney dialysis. More extensive background information
is available here.
The current cash-flow problems stem from the inability of the
Palestinian Authority (PA) to regularly pay the bills of the patients it refers
to the hospitals. The PA makes monthly payments, but as of April 1, 2019, the total
debt has reached approximately $85 million, of which AVH is owed more than $38
million. Although the U.S. Congress approved $25 million for fiscal years 2017
and 2018 to help cover the hospitals’ bills, none of it has been released
the Administration, which makes it increasingly difficult for hospitals to pay
staff, pay pharmaceutical suppliers for cancer medications and avoid further
interruption of patient treatment.
It is therefore
critical that you:
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