The majority of the Palestinian territories population have access to basic health services, but not to advanced specialised care. Maternal and child health are particularly affected, which is one of the priority themes for development funding from the Netherlands.
In 2010 the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) opened a specialised paediatric and obstetric hospital in the city of Hebron. Serving the population in the southern part of the West Bank and acting as a national referral hospital for Palestinians from the rest of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Unfortunately, the current facilities of the hospital are not yet adequate and therefore seek funding to improve quality and expand services.
Finances for the extension
The Facility for Infrastructure Development (ORIO) supports PRCS with upgrading and extending their services, by building an extension to the hospital. This enables them to increase their capacity and improve access to quality secondary and tertiary paediatric and obstetric care in Hebron. ORIO funds 80% (almost €8 million) of the total construction and rehabilitation. 10% is funded by PRCS, and the remaining 10% is funded by the Islamic Development Bank.
A grant arrangement between ORIO and PRCS was signed 5 years ago. Last autumn, PRCS signed the contract with a local contractor AZ JV. The Dutch company AMPC International Health Consultants is assisting the studies and supervision of the project. On 17 February 2020, a ceremony was held to mark the beginning of the construction, which is due to take 3 years.
[photo: Kees van Baar, Ambassador of the Netherlands at NRO in Ramallah held an inspiring speech]