US cuts funding to East Jerusalem Hospitals


St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital Group (SJEHG) regret the decision taken by the US Government to cut funding for six East Jerusalem Hospitals this week. In March 2018, the US Congress passed the Taylor Force Act to strengthen restrictions on aid to the Palestinian Authority in annual appropriations. A specific exemption, however, was made to protect funding to the six East Jerusalem Hospitals thanks to recognition of the hospitals’ fundamental service and reputation in the region. 

It is vital to note that the affected funding stream makes up a large majority of SJEHG’s patient income. We are hopeful our US supporters will request that this freeze be reconsidered, in light of the previous exemptions made and the basic humanitarian need for these services. 

“SJEHG have weathered through many storms in our 136-year history thanks to the support of our wider St John family and international community. We now ask you to help us once more to continue our vital mission,” said Bishop Tim Stevens, Prelate of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem which is owner of The Hospital Group. 

SJEHG is the only provider of charitable expert eye care in East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza, treating patients regardless of race, religion or ability to pay. Established in Jerusalem in 1882, the flagship hospital is now an ISO and JCI accredited specialist eye hospital and research facility. Our satellite centres take expert eye care to the Old City of Jerusalem, Gaza, Hebron and Anabta and our Mobile Outreach Programmes provide vital services to those unable to travel easily in isolated regions of the West Bank and Gaza. 

SJEHG is a foundation member of the Most Venerable Order of St John of Jerusalem, a British Royal Order of Chivalry, Christian confraternity, and Charity with a history dating back to 1088.

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