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Thursday 21st October at 6pm (UK)
A rare opportunity to hear Dr Suhaila Tarazi, Director of Al Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza City in conversation with Dr Swee Ang, consultant orthopaedic surgeon at St. Bartholomew’s and the Royal London hospitals and co-founder of Medical Aid for Palestinians.
An Amos@6 Special Webinar:
Rosy October in Gaza with Dr Suhaila Tarazi from Al Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza City in conversation with Dr Swee Ang, co-founder of Medical Aid for Palestinians.
Thursday 21st October at 6pm BST
Along with members of her team, Dr Suhaila Tarazi will be discussing Al Ahli’s breast cancer screening programme, which is at the heart of Amos Trust’s Women 4 Women campaign. In addition, we will hear about the challenges of running a hospital under blockade and about the lasting impact that Covid-19 has had on Gaza.
Discovering you have breast cancer is devastating, but it is three times more likely to be terminal than in the UK if you live in the Gaza Strip. This is because hospitals cannot bring radioisotopes into Gaza, so there is no radiotherapy available.
There are acute shortages of chemotherapy drugs. You need permission to leave Gaza to receive treatment (which is rarely given); you will travel alone to find the money to pay for it when 50% of the population is unemployed. The best hope is early detection.
I feel I have an obligation towards my people in Gaza. They are suffering from poverty and suffering from oppression and it is part of my belief to do something to alleviate the suffering. Dr Suhaila Tarazi — Director, Al Ahli Arab Hospital, Gaza City
Dr Suhaila Tarazi, Director of Al Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza City.
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Al Ahli treats over 45,000 patients each year and is a haven of peace and hope in the centre of Gaza City. However, the 14 year-long Israeli blockade and resulting restrictions on goods and materials entering Gaza mean the hospital often lacks essential medicines.
Staff and patients have to deal with power cuts of up to 20-hours a day and limited food, water and fuel. Over 70% of the population are dependent on food aid, and over 30% of children have anaemia. Malnourishment is at 12%.
Dr Swee Chai Ang
Dr Swee Chai Ang is a consultant orthopaedic surgeon at St. Bartholomew’s and the Royal London hospitals and co-founder of Medical Aid for Palestinians. She was born in Penang, grew up and studied in Singapore, and has since 1977, joined her husband to live in exile in Britain.
Over the past 39 years, she has worked in the Lebanon and the Occupied Territories of Gaza and the West Bank. She was witness to the 1982 Sabra-Shatilla massacres which her book From Beirut to Jerusalem is based upon.
She was also orthopaedic consultant to the United Nations and the World Health Organisation during the first Palestinian Intifada
With her husband, Francis Khoo, and some friends, Dr Ang helped to form the British Charity, Medical Aid for Palestinians, following the 1982 massacres. In 1987, President Yasser Arafat awarded Dr Ang the Star of Palestine, the highest award for service to the Palestinian people.
In 2018, Swee joined the Freedom Flotilla, al-Awda for Gaza.
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We will record and film each of the sessions so that we can make them all available for those that aren’t able to join us on the day.
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