Story of pama
PAMA was established on Nov. 10th 2013, the founders are Palestinian healthcare professionals who practiced or are practicing in the United States. PAMA fills in an unmet need for an umbrella to embrace Palestinian and other health care professionals who care about Palestine. Driven by such need a group of Palestinian physicians gathered in Dearborn, MI and had their first PAMA meeting. Since then PAMA has been reaching out to all healthcare professionals in West Bank and Gaza and the US, helping to build bridges between US and Palestinian health professionals and institutes, and collaborating with other local and international NGOs to help achieve PAMA’s mission. PAMA membership is open to all healthcare professionals who share PAMA mission. This includes physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, therapists, and healthcare technology professionals.
- Establish an open registry to all health care professionals in the United States (US) who share the mission of PAMA
- Collaborate with Palestinian Health institutes and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to help promote health care in West Bank and Gaza
- Facilitate medical missions from the US to West Bank and Gaza
- Facilitate training health care professionals
PAMA’s mission is to provide immediate medical relief to Palestinians living in Gaza and the West Bank and to establish and support programs, education & training that foster the future of Palestinian health care.
PAMA envisions a future where all Palestinians in Gaza & the West Bank have access to comprehensive, and sustainable health care.
PAMA envisions a future where Palestinians have access to comprehensive health care and the Palestinian health care community can develop and achieve the highest possible standard of health care for the people it serves, free from any political or ideological impediments.
Message from the President
First and foremost, I want to thank all of you for your tremendous support of the Palestinian American Medical Association (PAMA) over the past few years. These times have been full of difficulties and crises. Despite your own challenges, you decided to extend your hands and help the less fortunate. Your continued generosity has touched many lives, and I firmly believe you have made the world better for those you supported.
I want to reflect on the great work you enabled PAMA to fulfill. Since PAMA was founded over 10 years ago, you sent millions of dollars to improve the healthcare and well-being of the Palestinian people. Your donations provided a quick response to many urgent crises when people were scared and needed resources. During the COVID-19 pandemic, you helped many hospitals care for critically ill patients by funding the purchase of breathing machines, high-flow oxygen equipment, and many other lifesaving tools and equipment. You also provided hemodialysis units to patients with kidney failure in the West Bank and Gaza, remarkably improving patients’ quality of life and resolving dialysis availability issues in many areas.
You aided many children to hear by providing cochlear implants and supported efforts to improve vision through our corneal transplant project. You opened a fully-equipped endoscopy unit in Jenin Hospital, saving patients from lengthy waitlist times and travel expenses. Just last year, your donations launched the first and only interventional radiology unit in Gaza, a multi-hundred thousand dollar project that is celebrated as a huge qualitative addition to healthcare services in Gaza. Your generosity will facilitate the opening of the unit this fall.
You further improved the education and training of young Palestinian physicians. By supporting our scholarship program for medical students, you helped hundreds of high-achieving, financially in-need students continue their education. You also enabled doctors to train in critical but underserved surgical subspecialties. These students and doctors are already making an impact in Palestine, providing quality medical services that were previously hard to find.
As the new president of PAMA, I pledge to continue expanding our reach and services. I promise to keep targeting and resolving specific problems in the Palestinian healthcare system. PAMA will support Palestinians in times of crisis and emergencies. I want to assure you that PAMA still values transparency, efficiency, and reliability as an organization. We want you to be sure, that by being a PAMA donor and supporter, your donations will make a measurable, impactful, and lasting difference.
Mustafa Musleh, MD.
PAMA President, Cofounder, and Board Member.