For many eye conditions it is critical that we treat children before they reach the age of 7. If left untreated many conditions can cause permanent blindness. Blindness in Palestinian children means a lifetime of social isolation, no access to education, and the constant need to depend on their families for support and their livelihood.
Approximately 30% of our patients are children under the age of 18 years. We screen children throughout the region and our two paediatric specialists, and their teams provide a critical service to a population of over 2 million children.
In 2019 St John Eye Hospital treated over 16,000 children and conducted over 500 major surgeries. We need to raise £700,000 to fund our work with Children for 2020.
Funding our Children’s services means we can expand our provision of screening, treatments and paediatric surgeries.
In 2019 we saw over 136,000 patients across our hospitals and clinics, and 38,000 were children under the age of 18.