MAJOR GRANT FOR MIDDLE EAST PEACE BUILDING INITIATIVE
Project Rozana Receives $2.35 million
New York, NY, October 3, 2022
The United States government has announced a US$2.35 million grant to Project Rozana under the Nita M. Lowey Middle East Partnership for Peace Act (MEPPA), enacted by the U.S. Congress to promote economic cooperation, people-to-people peacebuilding programs, and advance shared community building, peaceful coexistence, dialogue and reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians.
The grant, to be deployed over three years and administered by USAID (U.S. Agency for International Development) will fund the establishment of a Palestinian-Israeli Specialist Nursing Hub comprising four Palestinian and four Israeli hospitals. The program will provide clinical training and professional development to 480 Palestinian and Israeli nurses. Through peace building seminars, real-time consultation, and regular case sharing between participating nurses, the objective is to improve healthcare for patients at facilities in the West Bank and Israel and build cross-border relationships between nurses.
Kenneth Bob, Chair of Project Rozana USA, welcomed the grant, saying,
“it is a significant example of the power of development funds to leverage, in a very positive way, capacity building and peacebuilding outcomes in a region where fear and distrust on both sides have become the norm. Project Rozana aims to make a positive contribution to moving the needle on those attitudes through healthcare.”
Former Obama Israeli-Palestinian Envoy, Ambassador Martin Indyk, a member of the Project Rozana Advisory Council, said the announcement was a “powerful endorsement” of Project Rozana’s peacebuilding efforts.
“These USAID funds are being deployed to strengthen essential, broad-based people-to-people engagements that build capacity in the health sector. This helps lay the foundation for sustainable peacemaking.”
Professor Dame Anne-Marie Rafferty, Chair of the Project Rozana Nurses Committee and immediate past president of the Royal College of Nursing (UK), said that,
“Nurses are at the forefront of building health capacity globally. Doing it in a context where there is the added benefit of strengthening cross-border professional relationships, as planned by Project Rozana, is a significant bonus. Nurses are highly respected in their communities and positive influencers.”
About Project Rozana
Project Rozana is an international NGO established in Australia in 2013 as an initiative to build better understanding between Israelis and Palestinians using the vector of healthcare. It has since grown to become an international organization with affiliates in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany and Israel.
Ellen Shimberg, Director of Development & Communications
This press release is made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The contents of this media product do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government.