The continuous supply of medicine and disposables is essential to our work. From the eye drops to the surgical equipment our disposables and equipment continuously need replenishing and repairing.
Without these essential resources our work would come to a halt. Our medical supplies are one of our highest priorities and we urgently need funding to purchase necessary supplies and equipment.
To replace and purchase all our medical equipment needs would cost us £3.4 million. Our most urgent equipment needs are as follows:
Without a doubt the slit lamp is the cornerstone equipment in Ophthalmology. It alone helps me diagnose at least 80-90% of cases. We use it for all primary screening, and for assessment of patients before and after surgeries. It is simple but an absolutely vital piece of kit that we would simply be unable to function without.
Dr Al Talbishi
Retina and Genetics Specialist, June 2019
The Fundus Camera is a relatively new piece of equipment but is fast becoming considered a vital asset in early detection of retina problems. It captures detailed images of the retina to enable quick identification and treatment of various eye diseases. Diabetic Retinopathy is the most prevalent eye conditions in Palestine, however symptoms don’t normally present themselves until the damage has been done, and often it is far too late for effective treatment. The camera allows us to screen and treat thousands of patients, and thanks to its portability it can be taken to marginalised and remote areas for easy screening. What this equipment gives us is the time and adaptability to intervene early and treat the patient before irreversible damage is done. With more cameras we will reach more people. It’s that simple.
Dr Hisham Abu Filiat
Gaza Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Programme, June 2019
Electro Retinography Unit
The electrophysiology tests are very important for diagnosing several retinal conditions, and is especially how far the condition has progressed, which is often the hardest part to diagnose. It is vital to get this right as it determines the course of treatment for each patient.
It allows us to understand the level of medication to diagnose and the function of the optic nerve after traumatic accidents among several other uses. Currently St John is the only provider of these tests in Palestine and patients are referred to Jerusalem from all across the country, including Gaza. Without this kit our patients would be much worse off with no clear treatment plans. This unit enables me and my team to do our job and save the sight of thousands each year.
The Head of Retinal Diagnostic Department, June 2019