MEDICAL FELLOWSHIPS THE CORNERSTONE OF BUILDING HEALTH CAPACITY
Dr Bilal AlShawmra, from the training team, with Dr Khadra Salami.
A key pillar of Project Rozana is to fund the training of Palestinian medical professionals in Israel in order for them to build the health capacity of Palestinian society as their expertise develops.
By ‘training local’, there is a greater likelihood that these professionals will ‘stay local’ and not be lost to their community as has happened too frequently in the past.
This year, our newest fellow is Dr Khadra Salami, senior pediatrician at Augusta Victoria Hospital in East Jerusalem. Dr Salami began a two-year Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplantation specialization at Hadassah Hospital under Professor Polina Stepensky, head of the Department of Bone Marrow Transplantation and Cancer Immunology.
Eventually, she will bring her expertise back to the children’s cancer ward at Augusta Victoria (pictured below) and enable transplantation surgery to be undertaken without the need to transfer children to Hadassah.
Project Rozana has approved a grant of US$60,000 to cover the cost of the two year part-time fellowship.
Below, Prof Polina Stepenskyis pictured with Dr Khadra Salami.