Episcopal Relief & Development partner hospital in Gaza providing critical services

Episcopal Relief & Development
Posted Nov 16, 2023

Al Ahli Hospital is providing medical care to patients as well as shelter and basic needs for family members within their compound. Photo courtesy of the Diocese of Jerusalem

Episcopal Relief & Development partner Al Ahli Hospital, a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem, continues to provide emergency support in northern Gaza following the outbreak of war in the region, even as other hospitals have closed because of damage or lack of resources to operate.

Al Ahli Hospital, in partnership with Episcopal Relief & Development, has been treating 200 to 250 wounded patients and performing up to 10 surgical operations per day. Generators are only being used for certain procedures in order to conserve fuel, which is in short supply. Episcopal Relief & Development, through the Diocese of Jerusalem, has been supporting the hospital in acquiring more fuel and supplies from the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement (IFRC) and United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).

Al Ahli is serving above its capacity and has recruited staff from closed nearby hospitals to help them serve the increased number of patients.

“The staff of Al Ahli Hospital have been prioritizing patient care above their own safety,” said Nagulan Nesiah, Senior Program Officer, Episcopal Relief & Development. “The hospital is a place of refuge. They are saving lives.”

Please continue to pray for peace in the Holy Land and for Episcopal Relief & Development partners. Support of the Episcopal Relief & Development Middle East Fund will help to address immediate and long-term needs created by the Israel-Hamas war through locally-led partnerships.