“Peace Through Health: Partnership in Emergency Medicine,” the trilateral cooperative venture involving the Hadassah Medical Center, Augusta Victoria Hospital, East Jerusalem, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, aimed at upgrading Palestinian hospital emergency medicine capabilities, continues to flourish.
The three partners held their second seminar in Jerusalem, bringing Israeli, Palestinian, and American health professionals together to share their expertise, this time focusing on women’s health. The week-long program, taught by faculty from all three medical institutions, covered breast and gynecologic cancers, high-risk pregnancy and diabetes, general gynecology, pediatric sedation, and pediatric advanced life support (PALS). Participants noted that the opportunity to interact with their diverse colleagues was as valuable as the medical training.
In September 2005, this collaborative venture was highlighted at the United Nations. Dr. Yaacov Assaf, head of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Hadassah Hospital-Ein Kerem, participated in a panel discussion entitled “The Role of NGOs (nongovernmental organizations) in Promoting Peace in the Middle East,” sharing the podium with his project partners, Dr. Mark A. Davis, Director of the Institute of International Emergency Medicine and Health at America’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Dr. Tawfiq Nasser, Chief Executive Officer of Augusta Victoria Hospital.