PAMA Education Fund/Student Scholarships
Student Scholarship project was launched in 2016 and targets Palestinian health care students and graduates. The project provides scholarships to students to help with their university tuition, and to graduates to help them specialize in needed specialties in Palestine. Most of the beneficiaries face financial difficulties and are Zakat eligible. Candidates for Zakat donations need to fulfill two major criteria: proof of financial hardship and average to excellent academic progress. PAMA adopts a rigorous process to verify the authenticity of the financial hardship, this includes consultation with University officials, calling references and consulting with PAMA representatives in Palestine. PAMA pays off all the administrative fees so your Zakat or donation will be delivered as it is and with ZERO overhead cost. Students fill in the PAMA Education Fund application form and provide the needed supportive documents. PAMA will then review all applications and coordinates with university officials to choose the final beneficiaries. PAMA will then deposit your donation directly into the university accounts of the beneficiaries rather than handing cash money to students. You have secured the fund for 256 scholarships as of 2019. These scholarships benefit medical students in Gaza and the West Bank. The impact of these scholarships on the students and their families is huge as described by the students themselves, please see students feedback 2017. This is an annual and longitudinal project and you can donate any time to this cause. Video 1, Video2
PAMA Education Fund/Physician sub-specialty training
Palestine is dependent on medical missions to provide highly specialized medical and surgical care. As a result, Palestinians are suffering from deficiency in sub-specialized care. PAMA is collaborating with local Palestinian medical institutions to train board certified internists and surgeons to get their sub-specialty training. PAMA is also collaborating with neighboring countries to provide high quality training positions in a cost effective manner. The predicted cost per physician per year is about $13,000. Sub-specialty training is 2-3 years long, and PAMA is looking to train 10 physicians in phase one of this project with a total cost between $ 240,000 and $360,000. PAMA will secure this budget through both crowd funding and grant applications to foundations. Video 1
PAMA Teleconference Educational Program
PAMA is collaborating with Palestinian residency training programs to provide core curriculum lectures. This project will enable US healthcare professionals to deliver lectures to Palestinian trainees. This virtual platform will open the door for more collaborative activities in the near future. Please review the conference calendar and see if you can participate as a lecturer. The lectures will be held three Sundays a month, 6 am central time. Sign up dates in Internal Medicine or Pediatrics that have no assigned presenters are still available. Specific topics in Internal Medicine that are needed the most are attached in the file IM teleconference curriculum. Should you be interested please sign up or contact PAMA at email@example.com. VIDEO
US training for Palestinian graduates
PAMA is developing a strategic plan and recruiting volunteers to help Palestinian physicians continue their academic journey and get their medical training both in the US and at home in Palestine. PAMA and within its capacity help guide US residency applicants through the process of getting ECFMG certified, US residency application, the interview process, and assure a smooth start in their training programs. Please refer to our US training guide page.
PAMA is also planing to have teleconference workshops with Palestinian medical students. These workshops aim to equip the students who are interested in US training with needed knowledge and skills. This will include workshops on how to prepare for US exams, ERAS, MATCH and sharpen their interview skills.
Cornea Transplant Project
PAMA is collaborating with Public Aid Hospitals in Gaza to launch corneal transplant project for needy patients in 2017. These patients have lost their sight because of corneal disease or injury and their sight can’t be restored without corneal transplant. Gaza people are suffering severe financial hardship and can’t afford the costs of the operation. Public Aid Hospitals group has successfully implanted 70 corneas over the last several years, but they had to stop because of lack of funding. PAMA has adopted the idea and will fund-raise money to secure the needed fund. Corneas will be provided by US eye banks and transported to Gaza on the same day of operation. With your generous donations and pledges we have secured funds for 70 cornea transplants. Please join us to help restore sight to our people in Gaza, you donation will benefit a father, mother or a university student. VIDEO 1, VIDEO 2, VIDEO 3, VIDEO 4, VIDEO 5
Congenital Surgery Project for Palestinian Children
The national health system in Palestine is overwhelmed and is not meeting the patients’ needs in a timely manner. Gaza children with needs for urgent surgical interventions are suffering. PAMA is collaborating with Palestinian NGOs to deal with the shortage. We have completed 20 surgeries in 2018 and looking to do 80 in 2019 and 2020.
The waiting list at national Palestinian hospitals is long, and without timely surgeries hundreds of these children will be at risk of having serious complications. The costs is about $2000 per child. VIDEO
PAMA Youth is a sub-organization of the Palestinian American Medical Association (PAMA). Our goals are similar to PAMA in that we hope to promote and provide healthcare to the people of Palestine, but in our case we focus on Palestinian youth. It is because of PAMA’s fantastic efforts that we are inspired to follow in their footsteps. As John F. Kennedy once said, “Children are the world’s most valuable resource and its best hope for the future.” That’s why we created PAMA Youth; the youth are the future and they are the people that will help improve the world as we know it.
Many children in Palestine don’t have basic resources available around the world such as food, homes, or even the resources to help complete simple surgeries. This is a big part of what we hope to change. We hope to improve their lives so they can go on to help improve lives around the world. Our first initiative is assembling care packages to send over to Palestine. These care packages will include basic necessities such as band-aids, blankets, and hygiene products. We hope to create these packages from items donated to us through future fundraisers; the dates of these fundraisers will be posted on this page. Finally, PAMA Youth hopes to work in unison with PAMA. Our goal is not to take away from PAMA’s resources but instead add to them. We hope that working together, we will accomplish much more than either organization would alone. Please visit our youth Facebook page for further details. VIDEO
PAMA Youth/Psycho social rehabilitation of traumatized Gaza children
PAMA youth is launching this project to help their peers in Gaza. This project addresses the extreme need for mental health services and psycho social rehab. Gaza children are suffering from different forms of violence and abuse. This is a result of political, economical and social deterioration in the strip. We have already started helping 50 children and are planning to: Expand the project to help a total of 650 children between 6-14 years old Collaborate with an experience team from Al-Ahli Arabi hospital Use well standardized psychological detecting and treatment approach Follow on success metrics. REPORT, VIDEO
PAMA Crises Fund
PAMA responds to humanitarian crises in the US and Palestine within its capabilities. We run fundraising campaigns during these crises and donations are directed according to the need and to fulfill PAMA’s mission. We used this fund so far to benefit hurricane Harvey, Gaza hospitals. VIDEO 1, VIDEO 2, VIDEO 3, VIDEO 4
Micro-invasive surgery training
Cost per beneficiary is about $400 and the whole project cost is about $40,000.
Minimally invasive surgery has lower coplications when compared to open surgeries. Palestinian physicians, mainly in Gaza, lack such training.
The project meets the following prerequisites:
- It addresses a problem that is prevalent, treatable and of high impact on patients and communities.
- It addresses problems not readily solvable within local institutions
- It addresses problems that can’t wait and has negative consequences
- Its outcomes are achievable in Palestine and with PAMA’s help
- It has specific and measurable results
Please join us in making this project a reality.
PAMA Medical Missions
These missions aim to provide medical, surgical, and educational services. It also aims to provide badly needed medical and surgical supplies.
These mission are set up for success because of your support and donations on one hand, and because of our successful partnership with local Gaza charities on the other hand. We have chosen Gaza for obvious reasons; Gaza people deserve better, especially when it comes to health care. Our team is made up of diverse physicians and nurses from allover the globe. They are scheduled to meet with Gaza healthcare officials tomorrow to kick start this mission and plan for future missions to come.
Our team of healthcare professionals bear the costs of their travel and stay, in addition to volunteering their time and expertise.
Please join me to thank their efforts, and please allow me to thank all of you for donating to secure medical and surgical supplies.
The more you donate the more help Gaza patients get and you will assure the continuity of these missions.
PAMA Hemodialysis Project
As a result of the above, patients end up receiving two dialysis sessions rather than three, and dialysis centers end up working three or four shifts to meet patients needs. Some patients get their dialysis late in the evening and others can’t get back home before midnight.
Patients end up needing to commute using private transportation, and at inconvenient times of the day. This adds financial and physical burden on patients, who are already burdened by their illness.
PAMA aims to fundraise for 7 hemodialysis machines in phase one of this project. Each hemodialysis machine and hemodialysis chair cost about $17,000.