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Palestine News and Activities

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Our fellows continue to prosper in mental health training and other health science fields:

Mr Sajed Ghawadra  (Qabatya) completes successfully the 1styear of his PhD in mental health nursing Congratulations..!

Mr Hadi Rabee’ utilised a travel bursary from IMET2000-Pal to attend an international conference in Spain, which focuses on introducing new updates on the management of a number of dermatological diseases.

Dr Salah Itmaiza utilised a travel bursary to attend The European emergency medicine congress in Prague, organized by the EUSEM. The meeting focus was on the use of ultrasound in emergency setting, toxicology and trauma. 

IMET2000 organized three (BLS) for Physicians and Nurses

October 6th, 2019

IMET2000-PAL in cooperation with American Arab University-Jenin organized the Critical Core Training: Basic Life Support (BLS) for Physicians XI. The workshop was attended by 9 physicians from different governmental and private hospitals at American Arab University in Al-Ryihan .This workshop was led by Instructor Mr.Ahmad Hodrob (American Heart Association “AHA”).

September 28th, 2019

IMET2000-PAL in cooperation with JUZOOR for Health & Social Development, organized the Critical Core Training: Basic Life Support (BLS) for Physicians. The workshop was attended by 12 doctors from west bank at JUZOOR for health & social development center in Ramallah. This workshop was led by Instructors Dr. Aref Omar and Mrs. Taher Wardeh (American Heart Association “AHA”).

September 25th, 2019

IMET2000-PAL in cooperation with American Arab University-Jenin organized the Critical Core Training: Basic Life Support (BLS) for Nurses. 9 nurses attended the workshop from west bank governmental hospitals at American Arab University in Jenin. Mr.Fayez Ghannam (American Heart Association “AHA”) led this workshop.

 A Member of our Board of Trustees Working Visit to Palestine

October 3,2019

In collaboration with the International Medical Education Trust (IMET 2000), Dr Hasanen Al-Taiar (consultant forensic psychiatrist) has delivered training workshops to professionals at Jasmine Charitable Society (JCS) in Ramallah, Palestine between 28th September and 1st October 2019. The workshops focused on building professional capacity of staff working in JCS as well as familiarising them with concepts of neurodevelopmental and other mental disorders. The sessions were attended by different disciplines including nursing, medical, occupational therapists, psychologists, teachers and other specialists.

 

Dr Hasanen said "I have witnessed the interpersonal relationships with children and their families, and I was amazed by how safe the therapeutic environment was and how the friendly and familial such interactions were. Staff paid a considerable amount of time and effort in supporting children, some with very challenging pathological presentations. I was glad to witness how these vulnerable children looked extremely happy when they played and interacted with staff.”

IMET2000-PAL Scholarships-updates…

October 1,2019

Our fellows continue to prosper in mental health and other health science fields:

Dr Amal Abu Obada (Gaza) completes successfully her 3rd year in mental health training-

Congratulations..!

Dr Omar Al Ashhab (Ramallah) starts his 2nd year of training upon successful completion of the 1st year.

Very well done!  

Dr. Ehab Balawifrom (Gaza) successfully starts his training in Neurosurgery in China upon completion of the 1st probationary year successfully. Well done..!  

Mohammad Al Butmaa travel bursary to attend an international conference in Spain, which focuses on lung cancer and new diagnostic methods for the disease!

  • Dr. Yasser Ashaerfrom (Gaza) successfully completes 5-yr training in psychiatry training- Congratulations..!

  • Ms. Ibtisam Dweikat (Hebron) with a scholarship from IMET2000 continues her PhD in maternal health and midwifery. All the best! 

Advanced Trauma Life Support Progress

September 30, 2019

IMET2000-PAL organised the Advanced Life Support (ATLS) 10th Edition Instructors Update Course. The workshop was attended by 9 instructors. Dr. Mahmoud Odat/Chair Jordan ATLS Chapter led this workshop. We are looking forward for running this course on October 18th- 20th2019 in the presence of international experts.

Art Therapy for Children with Cancer

IMET2000-PAL in cooperation with An-Najah National University Hospital organized two activities in art therapy this month for children undergoing treatment for cancer. Nine children attended the event. Through this scheme we aim to achieve multiple benefits which include, but not limited to: (1) control anger, (2) enhancing their mental health, (3) providing healthier, more positive body images, as well as support in safely expressing difficult emotions, and most importantly (4) increasing self-esteem and improving the children’s mood as they are undergoing treatment. The two activities took place on the 7th and 16th of Sep with Six children attending the first and three attending the second. The first session included a wide range of psychological art activities on interpretation of facial expressions, breathing exercises and coloring to help introduce children to new ways to control nervous emotions in an appropriate manner. The second treatment session included analytical exercises for the character through drawing to explore the psychological feelings of children especially those suffering from isolation. During the session the children drew a number of paintings with the help and support of Ms. Hadeel Alawneh, our art therapist.

 Pal Music UK Project in Gaza and West Bank

September 30,2019

IMET 2000 has decided to make a substantial grant to our partner organisation Pal Music UK to support the Long Distance Digital Learning for Palestine project which builds on the successful pilot run in the Gaza Music School (GMS) over the last year in collaboration with the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music (ESNCM) and the Trinity Laban College of Music in London. In that pilot (badged as LDDL Gaza), digital and audio-visual technologies were devised and used to bring expert teaching from Trinity Laban and other universities and conservatories across the UK, enabling remote learning for Palestinian students and providing mentoring and skills development for GMS teachers over the long-term. In the photo a young GMS student is learning the Qanun which is a beautiful Arabic instrument vaguely similar in sound output to a Viennese zither and Indian sitar combined!

 British Council Memorial Celebration for Chris McConville in Jerusalem

September 23,2019  

On October 21st,2019, the British Council in East Jerusalem has arranged an event in their gardens for the many friends and colleagues of Chris McConville to come together to celebrate his long life and decades of support for the Palestinian people together with his devoted wife Molly. Sadly, Chris died on February 1st in Whittington Hospital after a long battle with pulmonary problems and finally cardiothoracic failure  He was nearly 85.

Colin Green first met Chris in East Jerusalem during the first intifada in about 1988 when Colin was sent out by Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP) to explore the possibility of setting up the first Palestinian Medical School with MAP financial support. Chris was at the time Director of the British Council in East Jerusalem and together with Molly thrust Colin into the reality of the occupation by arranging numerous hospital and refugee camp visits for him. We all owe him a great deal. So do many Palestinians. He was a one-off and an unusual man who was completely without artifice, sought no self-promotion and, unlike so many in other such organisations, was not only highly intelligent but had an incredibly flexible mind. What we valued most was his total honesty and total integrity. We have worked together on Palestinian affairs most amiably ever since first in MAP, then in helping set up the Al Quds Medical School as a Trustee of the Foundation for Al Quds Medical School (FQMS)  and then until he died a loyal supporter of the International Medical Education Trust (IMET2000). Ever since 1988, we found in him the wisest of councils.  He was a great guy and loyal to a fault in supporting us when under fire from Palestinians who did not agree with our ideas or methods. As he started life as a driver in the BC and then was spotted and rose up through the ranks to be Director in Jerusalem that told us a lot about the BC and its internal workings to promote people of merit not just in the usual British way with snobbery or old school tie connections intervening along the way! He was a breath of fresh air…..and in love like his wife Molly with Palestine.  British Council is proud of his huge contribution to the organisation and the Council culture and to Palestine as are all of us in IMET2000 privileged to have known him.

Advanced Trauma Life Support on Its Way

IMET2000-PAL organized a meeting for our Palestinian ATLS trainers in Palestine Red Crescent Society. This meeting was an excellent opportunity for the trainers to exchange ideas on how to run the first upcoming ATLS training in Palestine. The trainers have also allocated and practiced the topics they will be teaching in the course. The feedback was constructive. We are looking forward for running this course on October 18 th -20 th ,2019in the presence of international experts.

AO Trauma Basic Principles and Fractures Treatment Course for Five Nurses

IMET2000-PAL in cooperation with Al-Najah National University Hospital, supported five nurses to participate and attend a training course on the basic principles of how to manage patients with traumatic injuries. This training took place on June 20th, 2019, for three days at the Palestinian Red Crescent Centre and attended by doctors and nurses from all over the country. The course covered many scientific topics that were divided into two main categories: (i) practical section and   (ii)  the theoretical section. The   course   focused   on   the   basic   principles   of orthopaedic techniques, and methods of dealing with trauma and fractures through training in small groups guided by international  and  national  colleges.The feedback on the course was excellent and perceived to have increased participants ‘knowledge in trauma and fractures management. This in line with our strategy to enhance trauma training in Palestine   to help doctors and nurses cope with the increasing numbers of traumatic injuries. IMET2000-Pal is hoping to complement this training with the very soon upcoming training for doctors in Advanced Trauma and Life Support.

Basic Life Support (BLS) for Physicians X

August 25,2019

IMET2000-PAL in cooperation with American Arab University in Jenin organized the Critical Core Training: Basic Life Support (BLS) for Physicians X. The workshop was attended by 10 physicians from different governmental and private hospitals and was

held at the American Arab University in Al-Ryihan. This workshop was led by instructor Mr. Ahmad Hodrob (American Heart Association“AHA”).

Critical Core Training: Basic Life Support (BLS) Training for Nurses-Session 29

August 18,2019

IMET2000-PAL  in  cooperation  with  American  Arab University  in  Jenin  organized   the   Critical Core Training: Basic  Life Support (BLS) for Nurses. The workshop was attended by 9 nurses from the  Arab  American  University (AAU) headquarters in Al-Rayhan neighborhood  in  Abu-Qash,  Ramallah. This workshop was  led   by instructor Mr. Ahmad Hodrob (American Heart Association “AHA”).

Basic Life Support (BLS) Workshop for Physicians

August 4,2019

IMET2000-PAL in cooperation with American Arab University in Jenin organized the  Critical  Core  Training:  Basic  Life  Support(BLS)  for  Physicians  VIII.  The  workshop  was attended  by  10  physicians  from  Jenin governmental  hospital  and  took  place  at  the American  Arab  University  in  Jenin. This workshop  was  led  by  instructor  Mr.  Fayez Ghannam (American Heart Association “AHA”).

The Child Accelerated Trauma Treatment Project in Gaza

August 4,2019

The CATT project we are actively supporting in Gaza is going extremely well and our two CATT trained psychologists, Mohammed El Sharef and Haitham Shamia report good progress since July when the project started in earnest.  This is a 6-month feasibility study to test the effectiveness of this treatment and if as hoped is successful it will be a big ongoing project for IMET in collaboration with our friends in Firefly International and Action for Child Trauma International (ACT).

Therapy for Children with Cancer

July 29, 2019

IMET2000-PAL  in cooperation with An-Najah Hospital organized three activities in art therapy this month for children under going  treatment for cancer. Through this scheme we aim to achieve multiple benefits which extend to involve, but are not  limited  to        (1) reduction in treatment associated stress, (2) increase sense of self-awareness,            (3) improvement in communication with the treating staff,  (4) providing a healthier, more positive body image as well as safe expression of difficult emotions and most   importantly,(5) increase self-esteem and improvement in children mood as they are going through treatment. The  first  activity  was on July the  9th  2019.  

Six   children benefited   from   this   session   which   included   a   wide   range   of psychological activities. A second treatment   session   was also organised   on   the        16th  July,  2019. This was  attended  by 4 children and included a watercolour colouring exercise for fingers and hand muscles, which left a positive impression on both boys and girls and aimed to increase their self-confidence. The third activity was on the 28th of July was attended by 4 children.This   session   included   an   activity to break the fear   from treatment through cooperation with the Department of Paediatric Nursing  to   develop  their  mental   thinking  and  communication between  children  and  the  hospital staff.  The  children drew  a number  of  paintings  with help from a volunteer   nurse Ms.Maryam Halabouni and Ms. Hadeel Alawneh our art therapist.

Basic Life Support (BLS) Workshop for Physicians

July 21, 2019

IMET2000-PAL   in cooperation with American Arab University-Jenin organized the Critical Core Training: Basic Life Support (BLS) for Physicians VII. The workshop  was   attended  by  20  physicians  from  different hospitals in the West Bank at American Arab University in Al-Riyhan. This workshop was led by Mr. Ahmad Hudrob and  Mr. Hisham Zahrab (American   Heart   Association“AHA”) Instructors.

Basic Life Support  (BLS)  Workshop for Nurses (Critical Care) 

July 10, 2019

IMET2000-PAL in  cooperation  with Palestinian  Nursing  and Midwifery Association-Bethlehem  branch  organized  the Critical  Core Training:  Basic Life   Support   (BLS) for Nurses. It is designed for critical care nurses, who are working in the emergency, medical, and critical departments. The workshop  was  attended  by  8  nurses  from governmental and private hospitals in Bethlehem. This workshop  was  led   by   Mr.   Ayman   Anaya   instructor from (American Heart Association “AHA”-  American Arab University- Jenin).

Basic Life Support (BLS) Workshop for Nurses in Mental Health Services

July 2, 2019

IMET2000-PAL   in   cooperation   with Ministry of Health (MoH) and American Arab University-Jenin   organised   the   Critical   Core   Training:   Basic  Life Support (BLS) Training for Mental Health Nurses  Session II. The workshop was attended by 10 Nurses from Mental Health   Hospital/Bethlehem   and   Beit-Jala  Governmental Hospital.  This   workshop   was   led   by   Mr.   Ahmad   Hudrob (American Heart Association “AHA”) Instructor.

Critical Care Nurse Training, Advanced ECG Interpretation Workshop 

June 27th, 2019

IMET2000-PAL   in   cooperation   with   An-Najah   National University Hospital and Ministry of Health organised the Critical Care Nurse Training: Advanced Electrocardiogram (ECG) Interpretation. The workshop was attended by more than 32 nurses from the governmental hospitals and An-Najah National University Hospital at Nablus. This workshop was led by Mr.Awni Yahya, RN, BSN-Clinical Critical Instructor.

Basic Life Support Workshops

June 23, 2019

IMET2000-PAL in cooperation with American Arab University-Jenin organized two Critical Core Training: Basic Life Support (BLS) for  Physicians. The first workshop was in June 23rd, 2019 and attended by 10physicians from Beit-JalaHospital and the second one was in the 30th of the same month, the workshop was attended by 10 physicians from Tulkarem Hospital at American Arab University in Al-Riyhan. These workshops were led by Mr.Ahmad Hudrob (American HeartAssociation “AHA”) Instructor.

IMET2000-Pal Signed up a Memorandum of Understanding

June 20, 2019

IMET2000-Pal signed up a memorandum of understanding with Jasmine Society Representative   of   IMET2000-Pal   Mr   Fadi   Zaben,   the   Chairman   of   Jasmine Charitable Society Mr Omar Amin, signed up a memorandum of understanding for future collaboration. The parties are looking forward to working together towards empowering Jasmine Charitable Society members of staff with training courses to deal with children with learning difficulties. On the other hand, IMET2000 will be supporting twenty children in their treatment for one year.

Art Therapy for Kids with Cancer

June 16, 2019

IMET2000-PAL in cooperation with An-Najah National University Hospital organized three activities in art therapy this month for children with cancer. The first activity on the 16 of June , 2019 was for children with cancer and chronic diseases. This unique program provides children with a safe space to heal and gives them a voice to express and share stories. On 23 of the same month a second activity was held. And on 30th of June the third activity. It included a free drawing by watercolour, which each child can choose his/her own colour and that will reflect his/her feelings. In addition, the children’s passion to play and draw was obvious in colours world. In these sessions, we used art therapy to help those children and their families explore and express difficult thoughts and feeling. In this program, we are hoping to help these children cope with some of the cancer symptoms and its treatment. The workshops included a therapeutic story to develop children's imagination and perception and a drawing diagnostic test and scratch drawing. These activities help the children with cancer to express buried emotions, give a feeling of self-confidence  and  freedom,  and  it  helps  cope  with  grief,  fear,  anxiety  and  depression. Approximately  9  children  attended  each  activity.  Ms.  Hadeel  Alawneh,  art  therapist,  led  the activities.

IMET2000-Pal signed up a memorandum of understanding with Sanad Society.

June, 2019

Representative of IMET2000 in Palestine Mr. Fadi Zaben, and the Executive Director of Sanad Society Mrs. Dina Jawhari, signed a memorandum of understanding for future collaboration. The parties are looking forward to working together towards empowering Sanad’s society members of staff with training courses to deal with children with learning difficulties.

Practical Guidelines for Infection Control in Health Care Facilities Workshop

May 6, 2019

May 02, 2019; IMET2000-PAL in cooperation with Faculty of Nursing and Health Sciences at Bethlehem University – Al-Qubeiba branch, organized the Infection Prevention and Control Training for Primary Health Care Nurses: “Practical Guidelines for Infection Control in Health Care Facilities”. It is designed for Primary health care nurses, who are working in primary health care clinics and departments. The workshop was attended by more than 50 nurses and nursing students.

Art Therapy for Kids with Cancer

May 4, 2019

IMET2000-PAL in cooperation with An-Najah National University Hospital organized three activities in art therapy this month for children with cancer. The first activity on the 4th of May, 2019 was for children with cancer and chronic diseases. This unique program provids children with a safe space to heal and gives them a voice to express and share stories. On 15th of the same month a second activity was held. And on 25th of May the third activity. It included free drawing with watercolours, using colour to represent mood, a feeling, or a troubling event. For instance, it can help a patient express those deeper emotions and challenges. Colours can be used as a starting point for discussing difficult topics. The workshops included a therapeutic story to develop children's imagination and perception and a drawing diagnostic test and scratch drawing. These activities help the children with cancer to express buried emotions, give a feeling of self-confidence and freedom, and it helps cope with grief, fear, anxiety and depression. Approximately 6 children attended each activity. Ms. Hadeel Alawneh, art therapist, led the activities.

PhD  Scholarship in Nursing Psychiatry

April, 2019

As a part of its programs in developing the health sector, Mr. Sajed Ghawadreh was granted a scholarship by IMET 2000 to study a PhD in nursing psychiatry and psychology at the University of Malaya, Malaysia.

See our activities for April 2019

Our team in Palestine continues delivering wonderful stuff. For more details see our last month video: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1f9ad6I5HyQpdBcV1Zi4gGRme1aC1PKja/view

Also for more information feel free to download our April Newsletter from the link below

Newsletter April 2019

Meeting with Jasmine Charitable Society

IMET2000-Pal Representative Mr. Fadi Zaben and Dr. Mohammad Obeidallah had a meeting with the CEO of Jasmine Charitable Society Mr. Omar Amin, and the Executive Director Mrs. Wafa Alshikh, to discuss opportunities to collaborate in the future, and an IMET2000 scholarship for help in the treatment of 20 children with learning difficulties.

Travel Bursary Award for Physicians

March 29, 2019

IMET2000-Pal sponsored Dr. Isra’ Jaffal to participate in the 23th Pan Arab Conference on Diabetes PACD23, Marrakesh, Morocco. Her visit lasted for three days from the 29thof March until the 31 of March 2019.

Basic Life Support (BLS) for Nurses

March 27th, 2019

On March 27th, 2019; in a collaboration between IMET2000-Pal, The Ministry of Health, and Arab American University-Jenin, we organized a Basic Life Support (BLS) for Nurses from governmental hospitals in Rafeedia Hospital, Salfeet Hospital, and Al-Watani Hospital. The workshop was attended by 10 nurses at Rafeedia Hospital in Nablus and this workshop was led by Mr. Ahmad Hudrob (American Heart Association“ AHA”).

Travel Bursary Award for Medical Students

March 21, 2019

March, 21th – 23th, 2019, IMET2000-PAL once again stands for youth, supporting them to improve their own career. IMET2000 supported Mr. Omar Abu Shamma and Mr. Yazan Abed to attend the 3rd Middle East Cystic Fibrosis Conference "MECFC 2019", which held in Istanbul, Turkey. Both of them expressed their feeling in gaining new skills and the exposure to a different experience.

IMET2000-PAL in cooperation with An-Najah National University Hospital and Ministry of Health organized the Critical Care Nurse Training: Overview of Mechanical Ventilator Support and Management. This training is designed to provide nurses with an overview of mechanical ventilators from a Nursing Perspective: basic theory and principles of mechanical ventilators, different modes and settings, complications, troubleshooting and supportive care. The workshop was attended by 30 nurses from governmental hospitals and from An-Najah National University Hospital in Nablus. This workshop was led by Dr. Muhammad H. Ibrahim.

March 17th, 2019

IMET2000-PAL in cooperation with Beit-Jala Governmental Hospital and Arab American University-Jenin organized the Critical Core Training: Basic Life Support (BLS) for Physicians. The workshop was attended by 10 physicians at the Arab American University in Al-Reyhan. This workshop was led by Mr.Ahmad Hudrob (American Heart Association “AHA” Instructor).

John Beavis obituary

Trauma surgeon who devoted his 25-year retirement to treating victims in conflict zones, from Bosnia to Gaza, and training local physicians