JUNE 2022 NEWSLETTER – PART TWO

OUR LATEST PROGRAMS

ESTABLISHING A CROSS-BORDER TRAUMA HUB THROUGH ATLS TRAINING

Project Rozana’s Advanced Trauma Life Support Training (ATLS) program assists Palestinian and Israeli doctors to improve the management of acute trauma cases.

Following the success of the pilot program in December 2021, the first 2022 ATLS course, supported by Rotary International, was held on May 18-19.

The program is jointly led by Dr. Adam Goldstein, head of trauma at Wolfson Hospital in Holon and a member of Project Rozana Israel and Dr. Tamer Abu Jreis, an anaesthesiologist resident at Hadassah and a resident of Bethlehem. Dr. Goldstein noted that while the course is mandatory for Israeli physicians, until now their Palestinian counterparts have not had access to it.

Project Rozana helped recruit Palestinian physicians from Al Ahli Hospital in Hebron and Bethlehem Arab Society Hospital. The Project Rozana team arranged permits and accommodation for the Palestinian participants and their transport from the West Bank. This ensured that Palestinian and Israeli doctors could take part in the program.

Feedback from participants was very positive, particularly in relation to getting to know one another and creating strong personal and professional links.

In the words of Project Rozana Israel Executive Director Ronit Zimmer:

 “I witnessed a lot of engagement between the Israeli and Palestinian participants. They all were very happy to be there – both for the advanced trauma training and the opportunity to meet their counterparts from across the border.”

Project Rozana Chair Ron Finkel AM was also delighted to be able to visit Wolfson Hospital for the recent May course where he met the trainers and participants. He said,

“It was a wonderful opportunity to view the success of the ATLS Training Program. It creates pathways for Palestinian medicos to enhance their skills for the benefit of their people, and pathways to cross-border cooperation by training together with Israeli peers.”

Four more ATLS courses will be held during 2022.

 In addition, there will be monthly online forums to enable participants to share cases and consult with each other. A WhatsApp group will be created to enable real time consultations. These additions will help maintain the wonderful professional and personal relationships established during the training.

In late May, Project Rozana Israel Chair Doron Levinson and Ronit Zimmer participated in a Zoom meeting with Rotarians from around the world. Also present were an Israeli and a Palestinian participant from the course, alongside coordinating physicians, Dr Adam Goldstein and Dr Tamer Abu Jreis.

 It was an inspiring meeting chaired by Walter Ruby, from Project Rozana USA and Eclub Rotary member, Scott Monett from Rotary McLean, VA, USA, and Ronit Zimmer. The Rotarians asked questions and were delighted to be involved and very impressed with the medical and people-to-people outcomes.    

The ATLS Training Program builds professional trust, mutual respect and better understanding between Israelis and Palestinians.

EMPOWERING PALESTINIAN WOMEN IN REMOTE COMMUNITIES

The first Project Rozana training session for female Palestinian Community Health Workers (CHW) from the Hebron region was held on 30-31 March 2022 at the Women’s Health Innovation Center at Sheba Beyond, Israel’s Sheba Hospital’s virtual hospital.

In partnership with Green Land Society for Health Development, the first seminar officially launched our ’Women4Women’ pilot project. This will enable CHWs to deliver primary and maternal healthcare to women and children from remote villages in Area C of the West Bank. It will start with the Bedouin Community of Um Alkhair (Al Faqeer), Al Fawwar Refugee Camp, and the cluster of villages surrounding the town of Dura.

This outstanding project provides ongoing training, clinical supervision and equipment to the CHW team.  They will establish virtual clinics and provide health services to women and children at home within their communities. These women are being trained to monitor vital signs, assess urine samples, more complex pregnancies such as maternal diabetes, and high blood pressure amongst other necessary skills, and will be supported remotely by medical teams at Al Ahli Hospital in Hebron and at Sheba Hospital outside of Tel Aviv.

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At the opening ceremony, Project Rozana USA Chair, Kenneth Bob, welcomed program lecturers, participants, and guests, adding:

“This is a groundbreaking partnership and a new approach for Project Rozana to build health capacity at the same time as creating personal and professional relationships.
We look forward to these wonderful community health workers establishing the Virtual Clinics to deliver a holistic range of health services and education to women and girls in their communities.”

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The CHW team comprises an OBGYN physician, nurses, a psychologist, nutritionist, dentist, and physiotherapist, and will deliver holistic services to improve the physical, mental and social well-being of their patients.

During the sessions, Dr. Avi Tsur, Director of OBGYN at Sheba Beyond, demonstrated his comprehensive remote control maternal-fetal medicine approach including remote maternal assessment (video call, vital signs, and digital urine dipstick), remote fetal imaging, remote fetal heart rate monitoring and ongoing follow-up of vital signs and glycemic control.

 

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Dr. Salim Kis, Head of Sheba Obstetric ER, lectured on postpartum haemorrhage and introduced state of the art life-saving interventions.

Dr. Sarit Lerner, Sheba Beyond CTO, joined the seminar via Zoom from Ukraine and spoke of the use of remote care technologies in treating pregnant and non-pregnant refugees in Ukraine and how that can be applied anywhere in the world.

Dr. Lerner gave a live demonstration of the Tytocare technology. This Tytocare device enables physicians at Sheba to carry out physical examinations remotely and thus give support to medical fields on the ground.

Galia Barkai, MD MBA from Sheba uses this technology to connect with refugees through volunteers on the borders with Ukraine to check ears, throat, lungs, and heart, all in real time.

Other devices used and introduced by the Women’s Health Innovation Center at Sheba Beyond were demonstrated.

Project Rozana’s Women’s Health Initiative is empowering Palestinian women in remote and rural communities through health.

WHEELS OF HOPE: STORIES THAT INSPIRE

Our dedicated Palestinian and Israeli ‘Wheels of Hope’ volunteer drivers continue to provide free life-saving transport for critically-ill Palestinian children needing treatment in Israeli hospitals.

Travelling from homes to checkpoints, hospitals and back, the drivers are not only providing a service, they are also creating relationships of mutual trust and respect with the families.

We acknowledge our Wheels of Hope volunteers and their organisations: Road to Recovery, Humans Without Borders, and the Hebron-based Green Land Society for Health Development.

Travelling from homes to checkpoints, hospitals and back, the drivers are not only providing a service, they are also creating relationships of mutual trust and respect with the families.

We acknowledge our Wheels of Hope volunteers and their organisations: Road to Recovery, Humans Without Borders, and the Hebron-based Green Land Society for Health Development.

We share three stories from volunteers who describe how the program has changed their lives and the lives of the patients they drive.

Hussein Abu Arqizie, a Green Land volunteer driver, reveals how strong his bond has grown with the families of the desperately ill children that he drives:

“I am like a brother to them. When I go to their homes, it feels like home to me too. I’ve been with them for two years. They are family to me.”

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Amy Yourman is a retired lawyer who volunteers as a driver with Humans Without Borders. She also coordinates the rides and serves on the medical committee, dealing with requests for getting vital medical assistance unavailable through the Palestinian Authority:

“I drive 10-year-old Mohammed and his mother from Hadassah Hospital where he frequently undergoes chemotherapy.
On the way, Mohammed’s mother has told me that in the past, they had to travel from their home to Hebron where they got a taxi to Bethlehem.  From Bethlehem they would take a bus to the Damascus Gate in the Old City, and from there another bus to Hadassah.  If they were lucky and there weren’t delays, the trip would take them three hours.
Today, a Green Land volunteer picks them up at their house and drives them to Bethlehem where they are met by one of our volunteers who takes them to Hadassah – a total of about an hour and a half, in comfortable conditions, without exposing an immuno-compromised child to other passengers on crowded buses and shared taxis.”

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Nova Shavit Zinger has been driving Palestinian families from checkpoints to hospitals and back for four years. She reflects on how being a volunteer for Road to Recovery has transformed her:

“I feel that I’ve undergone a change since I began driving; I am much more empathetic, much more aware and connected to the Palestinian narrative, to the suffering and pain of people living in the prison that is Gaza. Despite the contact and involvement, I regret that I have not succeeded in creating a deeper connection with Palestinians beyond the car rides. I don’t bottle this up, I don’t let it get to me, and I resist it . . . but there are the nightmares. Just the thought of parents of a sick child, living all year or more around the disease … and then the child dies. I can’t grasp it.”
I like to do good. And when I know I’ve done good, the reward is instantaneous. Sometimes I leave the house a little gloomy and when I get back from a driving mission, I am full of joy.

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Learn more about Project Rozana’s Wheels of Hope program.

NEW APPOINTMENTS

Welcome to Project Rozana:
– Dr. Daniel Derman is the newest member of the Project Rozana USA Board.
– Dr. Samuel Schidem has been appointed as Executive Director for Project Rozana EU-Germany.

DR. DANIEL DERMAN

BOARD MEMBER USA

As the chief innovation executive for Northwestern Memorial HealthCare, Dr. Derman is responsible for managing the Northwestern Medicine Innovation Center. He has played several key roles in the health system’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including co-leading development of testing and vaccine distribution strategies.

In years past, Dr. Derman oversaw the Immediate Care Centers, MyNM Service Center (for staff Human Resources and IT support), and Occupational Health.

He is the former president of Northwestern Memorial Physicians Group, which was acquired by Northwestern Memorial HealthCare in 1995. He earned his medical degree from University of Illinois College of Medicine in 1984. After training in internal medicine from 1984 to 1987 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Dr. Derman served as chief medical resident from 1987 to 1988. He grew up in Habonim, a Labor Zionist youth movement. He once was the head of one of their camps in the Midwest and still holds their values close to his heart.

DR. SAMUEL SCHIDEM

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR EU-GERMANY
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Samuel Schidem (PhD) was recently appointed as Executive Director in EU-Germany. Samuel brings to the role a great deal of direct relevant experience as a bridge builder and peace maker and, over the next few months, he will be working to establish a Board and Project Rozana Germany.

Samuel is a leading educator on minority rights in Germany and his career has focussed on Jewish-Muslim relations, peace education and academic exchanges. In 2016 Samuel founded a Humanitarian Aid Organisation that was honoured with the Prize of the German Chancellor in 2018. He lectures on educational approaches to remembrance culture in Germany and Israel, religious radicalization, new forms of nationalism as well as racism, Islamophobia and Antisemitism.

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