The St John Eye Hospital: A Bridge for Peace.

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  • Author(s): Blum, Nava; Fee, Elizabeth
  • Source:
    American Journal of Public Health. Jan2009, Vol. 99 Issue 1, p32-33. 2p. 1 Color Photograph.
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    • Abstract:
      The article offers information on the Saint John Eye Hospital in east Jerusalem. It is stated to be a bridge for peace in a world at war. It serves as the main center for specialized eye care in the West Bank, Gaza, and east Jerusalem. The eye hospital started in 1882, and was then located in Ottoman Empire Jerusalem. It closed in 1914, during World War I, but reopened in 1919. It is said to be the only public hospital in the region specializing in ophthalmology. It is stated to place a high priority on training local doctors and nurses. Patients are predominantly Palestinians. The hospital operates a number of satellite clinics in areas where public services are not easily available. It works to eliminate the main causes of preventable blindness.