Victoria Hospital (AVH) and the other members of the East Jerusalem Hospitals
Network (EJHN) continue to need our help to be able 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.
provides high-quality health services to the five million Palestinians living
in the West Bank and Gaza, has been facing a chronic financial crisis as a
result of the extensive delays in payments by the Palestinian Authority (PA)
for the patients it has referred to AVH.
situation is exacerbated by U.S. cuts in funding to the Palestinians for fiscal
years 2017 and 2018. Together, European Union and U.S. funding has been
covering about half of the costs of patients referred to the EJHN by the PA.
AVH 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.
financial crisis reaches an acute stage, AVH is compelled to curtail its
services by halting intake of patients requiring expensive chemotherapy
medications or even halting the intake of all new patients.
An October 30, 2019, agreement between the LWF and
Palestinian Authority (PA) addressed the acute crisis. The PA agreed to inject
the minimum amount of funds needed to resume AVH operations at near-normal
levels. The agreement also included
provisions intended to reduce the accumulated PA debt to AVH.
to prevent the PA debt from once again reaching an acute stage where treatment
of patients could be interrupted, it is vital that the annual contribution from
the European Union continues at the current level. It is also critical that the
annual contribution from the United States is restored to the level of $25
million for the East Jerusalem hospitals.
therefore critical that:
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