Support Augusta Victoria Hospital in Jerusalem

Ask your U.S. senators and representative to ask the White House to release funding for Augusta Victoria and the other East Jerusalem hospitals 

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 by 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:

  1. Ask members of Congress below to urge the Administration to release the allocated funds for AVH and the others in the EJHN on a humanitarian basis to save lives, and
  2. Contact the White House directly (https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/ or 202-456-1111) to urge that humanitarian aid to the West Bank and Gaza, especially assistance for the East Jerusalem hospitals, be released immediately and unconditionally to ensure ongoing care for cancer patients and others who need life-saving medical treatment.  

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