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EU Provides over €20 Million to East Jerusalem Hospitals

18.08.2015  12:47
The European Union and the Government of Denmark have joined forces to respond to the urgent needs of East Jerusalem hospitals.

This latest contribution of €23.7 million – EUR 13 million from the EU budget and EUR 10.7 million from Denmark - will cover part of the debt owed to the hospitals for patients referred by the Palestinian Authority for medical care throughout 2014.

"The six East Jerusalem Hospitals serve as the main centre for specialized care within the Palestinian health system. Patients from the West Bank and Gaza are benefiting from the quality health services provided by these hospitals. Preserving their work is therefore essential," said the EU Representative, Mr. John Gatt-Rutter, and thanked Denmark for its generous contribution.

Since 2012, the EU and its Member States have released over €62 million to help relieve the financial burden facing the six hospitals of the East Jerusalem Hospitals Network. This amount has helped to cover the costs of referral of patients for treatment to the East Jerusalem Hospitals by the Palestinian Ministry of Health for a period of over three years. Thanks to this support hospital facilities have remained open and medical staff have continued working to provide much-needed specialized healthcare services to patients from across the West Bank and Gaza.

The money is channelled through the PEGASE mechanism, which is a cash transfer mechanism mobilized by the EU.

Background

About PEGASE:
Most of the European Union's assistance to the Palestinian Authority is channelled through PEGASE, the financial mechanism launched in 2008 to support the PA Reform and Development Plan (2008- 2010) and the subsequent Palestinian national plans. As well as helping to meet a substantial proportion of its running costs, European funds support major reform and development programmes in key ministries, to help prepare the PA for statehood.

Since February 2008, almost €1.9 billion have been disbursed through the PEGASE Direct Financial Support programmes. In addition, the EU has provided assistance to the Palestinian people through UNRWA and a wide range of cooperation projects.

About the East Jerusalem Hospitals
The East Jerusalem Hospitals serve as the main centres for specialized care within the Palestinian health system. Patients needing services and procedures that are not available in the West Bank and Gaza – such as specialist oncology, renal care and cardiac surgeries - are referred for treatment in the East Jerusalem Hospitals Network facilities by the Palestinian Ministry of Health. There are six health institutions in East Jerusalem: Augusta Victoria Hospital, Makassed Hospital, St Joseph Hospital, St John's Eye Hospital, Palestinian Red Crescent Maternity Hospital and Princess Basma Rehabilitation Centre. The EU is supporting all of these six institutions through a programme with the World Health Organization (WHO).

 



 

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