IMET2000-Pal Representative Had a Meeting with Mr Ghazan Khan Board Member and Executive Director of Al-Israa Speciality Hospital at TulkaremDecember 27, 2020 Mr Fadi Zaben the representative of IMET2000 in Palestine had a meeting with Mr Ghazan Kanan, Board Member and Executive Director of Al-Israa speciality hospital in Tulkarem, to discuss the Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advance Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) training for physicians and nurses, and the strategies of collaboration between the two parties in the future.
IMET2000 organised a training workshop on the clinical audit at the Palestinian Medical ComplexDecember 27, 2020 In response to calls from surgical trainees and specialists in the Palestinian Medical Complex, IMET2000-PAL held a training workshop under the title of:
Clinical Audit for Healthcare ProvidersIMET2000 has made developing medical research and clinical audits for medical personnel in Palestine one of its top priorities for the year 2021. This workshop is one in a series of others to follow as part of our programme. It was held at the Palestinian Medical Complex and attended by 23 surgeons in the presence of the Head of Department Dr Abdul Latif Khader. At his welcome note, he emphasised the importance of clinical audits for those involved in the medical sector in Palestine. IMET2000’s CEO Dr Malik Zaben ran the workshop where he began by describing the importance of medical research and clinical audits in Palestine, and their role in facilitating diagnostic procedures for patients in the future. He also emphasised how highly valued this and announced the lunch Palestine Research Club. This club is going to be the first of its kind in the region and aim to promote research initiatives in Palestine. To conclude, Dr Zaben stated his appreciation for the doctors that attended, and how this session among the rest that will follow, will contribute to improving the medical sector in Palestine.
IMET2000 Supports Palestinian Governmental Hospitals to Combat COVID-19December 25, 2020 IMET2000 has been one of the most important supporters of governmental hospitals in the midst of the coronavirus crisis. As such, IMET2000 has provided five Governmental hospitals with numerous packages containing surgical masks and hygiene gel to combat the virus. Where distribution included the following hospitals:
- Hugo Chavez Hospital – Ramallah
- . Dura Governmental Hospital – Hebron
- Thabit Governmental Hospital – Tulkarem
- Ramallah Governmental Hospital – Ramallah
- Al Askari Hospital – Nablus
IMET2000 sets up the 3rd resource room in Al-Jadirah School for Girls in the suburbs of JerusalemDecember 16, 2020 In cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education and the Rawan Society for Child Development, IMET2000 has set up a 3rd resource room in Al-Jadirah School for Girls in the suburbs of Jerusalem. IMET2000 provided a full complement of furniture, educational resources, printers and laptop computers. Resource rooms are proven to help children with learning and mental disabilities as they enhance their abilities to focus on the topic of interest and provide them with the help they need from their teachers. Mr Bassem Rumman on behalf of the Education Directorate and the headteacher Mrs Hadeel Attallah expressed their gratitude for IMET200 for providing the resources they desperately needed to create the ideal learning environment for children with learning and mental disabilities. IMET2000’s CEO Dr Malik Zaben stated that one of IMET2000’s biggest goals is to support children with mental health and learning disabilities and their families in Palestine.
IMET2000 supports Thabit Thabit Governmental Hospital to combat COVID-19December 15, 2020 IMET2000 has been one of the most important supporters of governmental hospitals in the midst of the coronavirus crisis. As such, IMET2000 has provided Thabit Thabit Governmental hospital with numerous packages containing surgical masks and hygiene gel to combat the virus. The director of the hospital Nisreen Abu Shanab expressed her thanks to IMET2000 and stated that this aid is in high demand, and greatly appreciated. IMET2000’s CEO Malik Zaben stressed that IMET2000’s cooperation with the Palestinian Ministry of Health is of utmost importance to combat coronavirus effectively.
IMET2000-Pal Team Meet the Head of Health Education and Scientific Research Unit at the Palestinian Ministry of HealthDecember 15, 2020 Mr Fadi Zaben and Dr Mohammad Obeidallah had a meeting with Dr Abdallah Alkawasme Head of Health Education and Scientific Research Unit at the Palestinian Ministry of Health, to discuss the training and the strategies of collaboration and start a new chapter in 2021. Also how IMET2000 is ready to provide some training for staff in governmental and private hospitals.
IMET2000 supports child mental health by setting up a 2nd resource room for Abu Dies Mixed Elementary School-East JerusalemDecember 14, 2020 In cooperation with the Palestinian Ministry of Health and as part of its goal to support mental health in Palestine, IMET2000 has set up a second resource room for Abu Dies Mixed Elementary School- East Jerusalem- by providing a full complement of furniture, educational materials and computers. Resource rooms are proven to help children with learning and mental disabilities as they enhance their abilities to focus on the topic of interest and provide them with the help they need from their teachers. IMET2000’s CEO Dr Malik Zaben has once again emphasised the charity’s commitment to supporting children with mental health and learning disabilities and their families in Palestine.
IMET2000 Trustee Reports From Armenia on COVID- ICU TrainingDecember 13, 2020 IMET2000 Trustee, Dr Rebecca Inglis, is working in war-torn Armenia for 5 weeks with the UK Emergency Medical Team helping support intensive care units (ICUs) on behalf of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). They are responding to requests for help from Armenian colleagues coping with CV19 and numerous war casualties. Rebecca Inglis has been working in Laos with a WHO team for the past year working up training curricula in critical care and particularly in COVID-ICU upgrading. She is finding this experience in Laos really valuable to her work now in Armenia. IMET2000 hopes to learn from her any problems with oxygen supply and whether CPAP respirators are useful in a war situation, both of great interest to our UCL-IMET2000 partnership and plans for future development.
IMET2000 Support for Firefly in Syria Continues Despite COVID-19December 12, 2020
Despite a massive surge in COVID-19 cases in southern Turkey and the Syrian border in Idlib, Firefly in Syria continues its great work with child victims of war. In Syria, in Khirbit Aljouz refugee camp, our Programme Manager Fadia Shaker reports that they are still teaching 120 pupils in primary school and 139 students in their secondary school for girls. In Turkey in Antakya and Kayseri, the CV19 lockdown has meant that they have had to convert their teaching to on-line classes but hope to return to hands-on learning as reported in their November Newsletter ( Click here).
IMET2000 is now committed to supporting the salary of Fadia for 12 months as we are so delighted with their courageous work.
IMET2000 Organised a Basic Life Support Training WorkshopDecember 9, 2020 IMET2000-PAL in cooperation with American Arab University-Jenin organised the:
Critical Core Training: Basic Life Support (BLS) for Physicians and Nursesfrom Al-Askari governmental hospital – Nablus at American Arab University-Jenin. The workshop was attended by 7 doctors and nurses. This training prompts physicians and nurses to recognize several life-threatening emergencies, give high-quality chest compressions, deliver appropriate ventilations and provide early use of an AED according to American Heart Association Guidelines. It led by Mr Farid Abu Leil (American Heart Association “AHA”) Instructor.
IMET2000-Pal Team Meet the Head of Emergency Unit at the Palestinian Ministry of HealthDecember 2nd, 2020 Mr Fadi Zaben and Dr Mohammad Obeidallah had a meeting with Dr Mustafa Alkawasmi Head of Emergency Unit at the Palestinian Ministry of Health, Mr Omar Hussein Ali Director of ambulance and disaster department and Nihaya Hussein Director of the emergency department, to discuss the outcome of the 2020 training and the strategies of collaboration in 2021. And how IMET2000 is ready to provide some training for emergency staff in governmental and private hospitals.AHA”) Instructor.
New Scholarship in psychiatric TrainingNovember 11, 2020 Imet2000 has granted Dr Mamoun Bsaila a scholarship to train in child mental health. This will include 5 years of training in Jordan before he comes to the UK for 1-2 years of fellowship in child psychiatry. On completion of this long journey, Dr Mamoun will return to his home town of Hebron as the first child psychiatrist trained to such a high level. Here is Dr Mamoun in his first week of training and a little about him and the scholarship from his perspective: “My name is Mamoun Basila. I’m from Hebron, Palestine. In 2014, I graduated from Cairo University in Egypt as a general doctor. Since then, I have been working as a general practitioner. When I was a child, I was thinking a lot about how I could help my society in my way, because being under the control of the occupation, we face a lot of pressure and hardships every day in our life. Therefore, I decided to choose a speciality that would help people in Palestine. IMET2000 gave me that opportunity. When I first saw the announcement of the scholarship, I immediately thought of applying to it as I was always amazed at how fascinating our mind is, and how psychiatry as a speciality will help me to understand human brains deeply. In addition to the fact that Palestine needs more psychiatrists, it does not have so many doctors in this speciality. Also, I believe it is an important field that requires a deep understanding of physical and mental health. Traumatized patients with mental issues are increasing at a steady rate due to our occupation with only a few doctors to help with such cases. I always wanted to raise awareness about this particular problem and to link it with so many organic diseases that we do not usually find an evident cause to them but a psychiatric condition. I believe that through this scholarship, I will be able to expand my knowledge and to help my people the way I always wanted. Thanks to IMET2000, I will always be grateful for them to give me such an opportunity.
IMET2000 Supports Medical Professionals Specialising in Occupational TherapyOctober 30, 2020 IMET2000 in cooperation with the Arab American University has presented student Amir Shakir Jallad with a scholarship to study a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy. This scholarship will last for 4 years (2020-2024), and after it ends, Amir will receive an already prepared job in the Jasmine Charitable Society as an occupational therapist. A contract of cooperation was signed by IMET2000 (represented by Mr Fadi Zaben), the Jasmine Charitable Society (represented by Mr Omar Al-Ameen) and Amir Jallad in the IMET2000-PAL office. Occupational therapy has importance in improving people’s lifestyles and general health through targeted programmes and activities. In fact, one of the main goals of occupational therapy is helping people who have special needs to get their day-to-day work done safely and with ease. This scholarship was given as a form of support for the Jasmine Charitable Society as a response to their urgent need for occupational therapists.
More Outstanding Work from Firefly-Syria in Syria and TurkeyOctober 27, 2020
Our great partners in Firefly-Syria have sent this amazing report for their work in Syria (Idlib Province) and Turkey run on a shoestring by Fadia Shaker and Maria Chambers. Their achievements with so many Syrian refugee children is remarkable given the poor camp environment and in Idlib ever-present danger. IMET2000 are pleased to help support Fadia and congratulate both Maria and her for their successes in practical education.Firefly Syria -September 2020 Report
IMET2000 Holds 6 Training Sessions for Healthcare Professionals on Using respirator (UCL CPAP) in PalestineOctober 26, 2020 In continuation of its support of the Palestinian Health Ministry in combatting the COVID-19 crisis in the form of 15 ventilators, IMET2000-PAL has organised 6 training sessions in cooperation with the Medical Aid Society for Palestinians, the British Consulate and the Palestinian Ministry of Health on using the provided CPAP respirators. It was titled:
University College of London (UCL) CPAP respirators. for COVID-19 Patients TrainingThe training sessions took place during October and were attended by approximately 80 healthcare professionals from various hospitals in Palestine, making IMET2000 one of the main contributors to the Palestinian health sector. The training covered everything needed to successfully treat coronavirus patients with the CPAP respirators, ranging from putting them together to directing airflow. This was combined with training in various expected scenarios to create an effective training session.
IMET2000 Delivers Fifteen CPAP respirators to PalestineIn response to the unprecedented challenges of the current COVID-19 pandemic, IMET2000 has been running an extensive programme of critical care education and training of all professionals working with COVID-19 infected patients since April 2020 throughout the West Bank. The Minister also asked us to support the two hospitals dedicated to caring for infected patients and this we did, providing personal protective equipment (PPE) and essential toiletries and sanitary products to staff and patients. However, we were ever mindful that the low infection rate in both Gaza and the West Bank was likely the lull before the storm so we investigated the possibility of providing either ventilators or low cost constant positive airway pressure (CPAP) respirators. In particular, we had intensive discussions with the MoH and the President of the Palestinian Society of Anaesthetists. We decided to pursue the CPAP respirator route as realistic for a small charity. Fortunately, IMET2000 is closely affiliated to University College London through the charity’s founder Professor Colin Green and Professor Barry Fuller and we were soon introduced to Professor Rebecca Shipley and the UCL-Ventura team who had completed the design of a new CPAP respirator and had them manufactured in bulk for the NHS by the Mercedes AMG HPP, who make the engines for Mercedes F1. These are badged as the UCL-Ventura respirators and are being used in 106 NHS hospitals across the UK to date. The UCL-Ventura designs and manufacturing instructions were released at zero cost, and have been downloaded over 1900 times across 105 countries, with many teams making significant progress on local manufacture and deployment into their healthcare systems. More information is available via the UCL website (https://www.ucl.ac.uk/healthcare-engineering/covid-19/ucl-ventura-breathing-aids-covid-19-patients/). When approached by IMET2000, the UCL-Ventura team were enthusiastic to support the COVID-19 response in Palestine, donated 6 respirators and provided the free license for manufacture through IMET2000. IMET2000 ran an intensive and successful fundraising campaign to raise the money to buy them and sought help from our colleagues in Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP). They proved really generous not only in funding but facilitating shipment and all the border bureaucracy to get the respirators here in Ramallah today. They also helped IMET2000 gain the generous support of the British Consul, Mr Philip Hall, who has been so active not only with finance for shipping the respirators but also backing the IMET2000 training programme on the use of the respirators in hospitals today so sadly crowded with CV19 patients. We are proud to be part of this great team comprising the Palestinian Ministry of Health, the Palestinian Society of Anaesthetists, the British Consul to Palestine, Medical Aid for Palestinians, University College London and IMET2000. We hope that the 15 respirators plus 400 breathing circuits for the West Bank to go out today to 5 different key hospitals and the 9 with 200 breathing circuits about to be shipped to Gaza will be followed by more if resources allow and the need continues. For more information please see our websites (www.imet2000.org and www.imet2000-pal.org).
IMET2000 Prepares The First Resources Class Room in Al-Ram School for BoysOctober 17, 2020 As a result of its cooperation with the Ministry of Education and the Rawan Association for Child Development, IMET2000-PAL has provided a resources classroom in Al-Ram School for Boys with laptops, printers, some furniture and educational toys and games, to help alleviate some stress from children with learning difficulties. These classrooms are designed specifically to aid children who- due to one or more problems with cognitive thinking- may fail certain courses. The Supervisor of Special Education, Professor Bassem Rumman and the School Director, Professor Hana Awad praised and thanked IMET2000 for providing the needed environment for these children to continue their education. IMET2000’s CEO Dr Malik Zaben confirmed that one of the charity’s goals is to improve the Palestinian educational sector.
Basic Life Support Training WorkshopOctober 15, 2020 As part of our training projects particularly during this pandemic, we have Organised a BLS training workshop for doctors in basic life support skills. The training this time came under the title: “ Critical Core Training: “Basic Life Support (BLS) Training with COVID-19 patients for Doctors ” Around 10 healthcare professionals attended this training, which was run on behalf of IMET2000 by licenced trainers from the Arab American University in Ramallah.
IMET2000 Grants a New Scholarship in NeurosurgeryOctober 12, 2020 In line with our programmes of training healthcare professionals in subspecialties urgently needed in Palestine, we have sponsored Dr Motaz Izzeddin, a physician from Jenin to train in neurosurgery at Almansura University Hospital in Egypt. After we sponsored Dr Ehab Balawi from Gaza to train in neurosurgery, this second scholarship for Dr Izzeddin is hoped to boost this subspecialty in Jenin district (West Bank), wherein neurosurgeons are urgently needed. We thank our sponsors and supporters for their generosity without which we would not have been able to do this.
Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support Training WorkshopOctober 11-12, 2020 IMET2000-PAL organised another: Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) Training for Physicians It is designed for physicians, who are working in the emergency and critical department. Advanced cardiac life support refers to a set of clinical algorithms for the urgent treatment of cardiac arrest, stroke, myocardial infarction, and other life-threatening cardiovascular emergencies. The workshop was attended by 6 physicians. This workshop was by Mr Farid Abu Liel instructor from American Heart Association “AHA”- American Arab University- Alryhan.
IMET2000 Launches its Programme of Face-to-Face CPAP TrainingOctober 10, 2020 Further to our recent delivery of 15 CPAP ventilators to Palestine and our virtual CPAP training, we have kicked start already promised face-to-face training course. This first workshop in Nablus run by IMET2000 trainers has covered the key basis of COVID-19 ventilation and hands-on training on the provided CPAP machines. The workshop is the first in a series of workshops to be rolled over to other hospitals in Ramallah and Hebron. This project is a product of collaboration between us, MAP and the British Consulate in Jerusalem. We thank all our supported and collaborators for their support and help.
IMET2000 Organised 4 BLS Training Workshops this SeptemberSeptember 26, 2020 As part of our work with the Palestinian Ministry of Health particularly during this pandemic, we have increased the number of BLS training workshops for doctors and nurses in basic life support skills. The training this time came under the title “ Critical Core Training: “Basic Life Support (BLS) Training with COVID-19 patients for Doctors and Nurse”. Around 40 healthcare professionals attended this training, which was run on behalf of IMET2000 by licenced trainers from the Arab American University in Jenin.
IMET2000 organised another 2 workshops for healthcare professionals on airway management of COVID-19 infected patientsSeptember 10, 2020 As part of our training program to prepare healthcare professionals in Palestine on how to deal with airway problems that patients with COVID-19 suffer, we organised two more workshops under the title: “Critical Core Training: Healthcare professionals’ Management of COVID-19 Patients with Severe Acute Respiratory Infection (SARI)” Those took place on the 9th and 10th of September 2020 in the presence of 60 doctors and nurses from the different hospital in Hebron and the area. IMET2000 trainers Mr Mohammed Abu Falah and Mr Saleh Abu Latifah ran those workshops. The workshops were welcomed by Mr Omar Al-Shiahk; Director of the Emergency Department at the MoH.
IMET2000 organises its first CPAP training workshop for COVID-19 patientsAugust 2020 We have organised our first workshop of training on the use of CPAP for the treatment of COVID-19 in Palestine. The workshop was moderated by our CEO Dr Malik Zaben and opened by our founder Professor Colin Green who introduced our speakers Professors Rebecca Shipley (Director, UCL Institute of Healthcare and Engineering) and Mervyn Singer (Critical care consultant, UCL). This workshop was attended by approximately 50 healthcare professionals from the front line of the fight against COVID-19. This training workshop helped pave the road towards the active use of 15 CPAP respirators currently being delivered to Palestine. This project the result of an outstanding collaboration between IMET2000, MAP (Medical Aid for Palestine) and UCL.
IMET2000 Sponsors Sanad Society for Children with Special NeedsAugust 2020 IMET2000 signed a new agreement to cover the expenses of 20 Palestinian children with mental and learning disabilities to get access to the necessary treatment and support. All these kids come from disadvantaged families with extreme poverty and live in Nablus, Jenin or Tulkarm districts. This project’s importance is heightened by the COVID-19 pandemic as lots of the families are struggling to cover the expenses of treatment for their children with significant loss of income and jobs.
IMET2000 responds to Alia Hospital’s pleas in HebronAugust 2020 In response to the recent rise in Coronavirus cases in Hebron, IMET2000 has provided Alia Hospital with numerous personal parcels for patients infected with Coronavirus. The parcels contained everything the patients need to care for their personal health. Alia Hospital thanked IMET2000 for their help and highlighted the importance of these parcels being delivered.
IMET2000 concludes its first workshop on keeping safe from COVID-19 in the hospital29th July 2020 In continuation to the many workshops being held, IMET2000 held its first workshop on staying safe in a hospital environment on 29/7/2020 via ZOOM. The workshop was titled: How to Protect Yourself from COVID 19 at the Hospital The workshop-attended by over 50 people- was run by Dr Malik Zaben, IMET2000’s CEO and Dr Mohammad Obeidullah where they explained the scientifically verified steps to keeping yourself safe when in the hospital from COVID-19, and how to treat and deal with Coronavirus infected patients. Dr Zaben thanked the attendees for coming and highlighted the importance of following the steps given during the session.
IMET2000 organises 4 training workshops for healthcare professionals on caring for COVID-19 infected patientsAugust 2020 With Coronavirus cases on the rise in Palestine, IMET2000-PAL held four training session on caring for the infected throughout August. The workshops were titled: Critical Core Training: Healthcare professionals’ Management of COVID 19 Patients with Severe Acute Respiratory Infection (SARI) The workshops included healthcare professionals from many different hospitals and were attended by over 100 attendees. They began with a few words given by Mr Fadi Zaben where he highlighted the different activities organised by IMET2000 and gave an outlook on its future. The workshops covered all the information needed to care for COVID-19 infected patients while staying protected, and how to deal with the different symptoms caused by the virus. This information was then used in a series of methodical demonstrations which covered multiple possible scenarios.
IMET2000 organises 3 workshops for healthcare professionals on heart and lung resuscitationAugust 21, 2020 IMET2000-PAL has held 3 workshops on the heart and lung resuscitation of the elderly, children and new-borns, for doctors and nurses. The workshops were held in the Arab-American University in Ramallah and were titled: Critical Core Training: Basic Life Support (BLS) Training The workshops were held throughout August 2020 and were attended by 30 newly graduated doctors. They began with a rundown of the different activities organised by IMET2000 and then proceeded to consist of a thorough explanation of the information needed to successfully resuscitate the heart and lungs. This information was then demonstrated practically and the instructors covered what to do in many different situations.
The 10th Research Methodology WorkshopAugust 20, 2020 We have organized our 10th workshop for research and methodology via Zoom. This workshop chaired by our CEO, Dr Malik Zaben aimed at training medical students and newly graduated doctors and nurses from Gaza on the basics of conducting clinical research projects and audits. Clinical audit as a tool of quality improvement was covered in the 1st session. Dr Zaben highlighted the importance of clinical audit in Palestine in uncovering the areas of interest to our own community. This will hopefully give future directions for a certain research project to address those problems once identified. Dr Zaben then went through effective ways to formulate a research question; techniques like FINER and PICO were discussed thoroughly. The last session was allocated for participants to raise questions and present their research ideas. The participants gave very positive feedback at the end of the workshop; some of them have already identified their research interests and are looking forward to getting going!!
IMET2000 Supports Director of Firefly –Syria Educational Centre in Antakya, TurkeyAugust 3, 2020
We are so impressed by the work of the Firefly International-Syria Educational Centre in Antakya that we have decided to part-support the Director, Fadia Shaker, for the next six months and thereafter as funds allow. Fadia runs an exciting educational programme for Syrian refugee children based on play and practical hands-on methods of learning which we are keen too on promoting in our children’s mental health centres in Palestine. Fadia has to lead the Centre since the project started in March 2016, recruiting staff and developing the programme to serve the needs of her local Syrian refugee community. Fadia previously taught maths in Syria and was a manager for a Syrian teaching institute. She has had training in disaster resilience leadership and capacity building for Syrian youth and women.
Mark Thomas Livestream ‘Walking the Wall’ on August 11thJuly 29, 2020 We are pleased to announce that our wonderful IMET2000 Patron, Mark Thomas, has agreed to put on another live-streamed show for us on August 11th, 2020. The original live show ‘Walking the Wall’ was performed in many UK theatres and filmed in 2011 and was followed by a best-selling book. As usual, there will be a live introduction from Mark (with BSL interpreter), a stream of the filmed show (with captioned option), followed by a live interview with Colin Green around the theme ‘Child Victims of War and Pandemics’, in turn, followed by a Q&A (with BSL interpreter). A recording of the whole evening will be available 24 hours after the live stream. Mark and his great team are also offering a free bonus recorded discussion with Mark and Phil Stebbing, who accompanied Mark and filmed the walk. This will be available for a week after the live stream. All three NGO beneficiaries ( Firefly International, ICAHD-UK and IMET2000) will share equally any proceeds from the show (20%of each ticket sold and any kind of donations to this cause). To purchase tickets, please click on the link (http://gofasterstripe.com/cgi-bin/website.cgi?aff=41161&id=42798) and all donations welcome however small can be made on (https://imet2000.org/donate/).
IMET2000 relaunches art therapy programme for children with cancerJuly 25, 2020 IMET2000 is committed to supporting Palestinian children undergoing treatment for cancer and their families during this time of crisis related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many are from Gaza alone without their parents or family. We recognise that the hardships these children suffer only increase during these times and therefore we have made our support immediately available through our local team and art therapists.
Here is the first video from this week’s activity:
IMET2000 to Support Firefly International-Syria with Refugee Children
As a proud Patron of Firefly International, Colin Green has enjoyed partnering IMET2000 with a charity that helps children in dangerous war zones. Three years back, we supported Project Hope and the Nablus Cultural Festival which brought in volunteer teachers from all over the world to work alongside children with special needs in Nablus schools and refugee camps. That project was so successful that Firefly was able to withdraw financial support as it was self-sufficient. IMET2000 is currently working as a partner with Firefly International and Action for Child Trauma International (ACT) in Gaza in a child mental health project aimed at children with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) called child accelerated trauma treatment CATT. Now having reviewed the work of a project based in Antakya in Turkey working with child refugees from Syria and met impressive key workers Fadia and Maria over Zoom meetings, we have agreed to informally partner with Firefly International-Syria to explore ways of helping and learning from each other. IMET2000 is already heavily involved with Palestinian-Syrian refugees fleeing into the north of Jordan financing over 6 years three young Palestinian psychiatrists in Irbid. We feel that children fleeing into Turkey from north Syria also demand our attention and support. Please click on the link below to get an idea of the humanitarian activities this project is running over the past four years. And marvel at such joyful innocence and family atmosphere.
IMET2000 continues to support The Rawan Child Development AssociationJuly 22, 2020 IMET2000-PAL in cooperation with The Rawan Child Development Association has completed the treatment of 10 children with speech and learning difficulties. The sessions served to improve the children’s educational and cognitive skills. According to the CEO of IMET2000, Dr Malik Zaben, these sessions were part of IMET2000’s bigger goal of improving therapeutic care in Palestine, and that helping these children integrate into regular schools is of utmost importance. Ms Salam Asia thanked IMET2000 for its undying support.
IMET2000 continues its support of the Jasmine Charitable SocietyJuly 21, 2020 IMET2000-PAL has completed the treatment of 20 children with mental and learning disabilities in cooperation with the Jasmine Charitable Society. This treatment that focused on improving the children’s learning and cognitive skills, was just one among many programmes. CEO Dr Malik Zaben highlighted the importance of treating these children, allowing them to integrate with society like everyone else.
IMET2000 Supports COVID-19 patients in Nablus and RamallahJuly 20, 2020 IMET2000-PAL has provided personal care and toiletries parcels for patients treated for COVID-19 in Nablus & Ramallah. We hope these packages will help the patients with their current hardship, provide a safer environment and help in containing the spread of COVID-19 infection in Palestine.
IMET2000 responds to urgent needs of Taffouh/ Hebron to fight against COVID-19 outbreakJuly 19, 2020 We in IMET2000 have partnered with local authorities on a package of support to help the local community in Hebron respond to the COVID-19 outbreak; particularly in Tafouh. As an immediate response, we have made available 1000 masks and 200 bottles of Hand Gel sanitisers to assist the local community response effort and fight against this unprecedented situation. This is in addition to providing all essential toiletries to all in-patients being treated in local COVID-19 centres in Hebron. This effort is just one of the ways the charity is currently trying to support the Palestinian Ministry of Health and other NGOs fight against this pandemic.
A Webinar for Young Palestinian Medical Students by our CEOJuly 12, 2020
Message and Music from the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music (ESNCM)July 11, 2020 The well- known musician, lyricist, songwriter and poet Rima Tarazi, a long standing friend of IMET2000, has sent this lovely message to us together with a link to music played on the qanun by students in Gaza. Listening to this, we can feel immensely proud of these wonderful young people faced with terrible injustices and now having to cope with the CV19 pandemic wiping out much of their income. IMET2000 is ever more determined to help keep the ESNCM viable with financial support. Dear Friends, Warm greetings to you. I hope you are well and safe during these unfortunate moments in our history when a minuscule virus has prevailed, maybe to humble us and to remind us that it is not glory and power that we should seek as human beings but love,compassion, beauty and peace. During these difficult times, music is always there to rescue our souls from despair and to uplift our spirits These young musicians from the Edward Said National Conservatory from our various branches, are defying their isolation and reaching out to their friends all over with their music which I hope you will enjoy. With all my love, Rima Tarazi
IMET2000 continues its training programme on heart and lung resuscitation for healthcare professionalsJune 28,2020 As part of IMET2000-PAL’s long-term goal to improve the health sector in Palestine, we have organised a series of training sessions titled:
Critical Core Training: Basic Life Support (BLS) Training with COVID-19 PatientsThe training workshops covered a range of topics including heart and lung resuscitation, and how to care for COVID-19 infected patients, and were held throughout June. Approximately 30 healthcare professionals from a selection of governmental and private hospitals attended. IMET2000 is working with the Palestinian Ministry of Health and other Palestinian stakeholders in order to combat the virus as best as possible. The training consisted of a detailed explanation, followed by the trainees applying the information in different expected scenarios.
IMET2000 empowers children suffering from cancer to overcome psychological problems caused by the COVID-19 pandemicJune 23,2020 IMET2000 held two art therapy sessions for children with cancer in the Al-Najah University Hospital, which were attended by 10 children. The first session served as stress relief, allowing the children to relieve the stress and worry accumulated by being in lockdown due to Covid-19 through colouring and drawing. In the second session, the children explored the option of training the hand and finger muscles through musical movements, in addition to awareness raising activities on the ever important topic of personal hygiene. 2 girls in particular were positively impacted by the workshops. The specialist who ran the sessions received many warm thanks for their efforts.
On-Line Music Teaching in the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music (ESNCM)June 23, 2020
IMET2000 has for some time been supporting on-line teaching of music between London and the Gaza branch of ESNCM. This has proven surprisingly successful. Since the COVID-19 lockdown has virtually shut down all face to face teaching, those techniques are now being widely used both within Gaza and throughout the West Bank. As you can see from the YouTube clips , it can be pretty successful and certainly far better than nothing. It is less useful teaching an instrument like a double bass where the student from a financially strapped home can neither afford to own one nor space to store or practice. IMET2000 is making regular grants to the Gaza branch which is judged to be in greatest financial need. Because of theCV19 pandemic all ESNCM branches are of course struggling financially.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnyQ2kamNO4&feature=youtu.be.Teacher-student playing: https://youtu.be/gzGu1RCqtLU
IMET2000 Provides a Scholarship towards a PhD Degree in NursingJune 1,2020 IMET2000-PAL has provided Ms Shorouk Ghaleb Qadous– a nurse working at An-Najah Faculty of Nursing/ Nablus- with a scholarship in nursing at the Prince of Songkla University, Thailand. When asked about her scholarship Ms Shorouk said: “I am very glad that I have been selected for IMET2000 Scholarship- thank you all for your generosity and unlimited support, this scholarship enables me to achieve my future career inspirations.” This scholarship comes as an essential part of IMET2000’s efforts in supporting continuous education and empowering healthcare professionals in Palestine.
IMET2000 responds to Qalqilya COVID-19 outbreakMay 31, 2020
IMET2000 continues to provide training on airway management of patients with COVID-19May 1-30, 2020 In response to the needs of the frontline healthcare professionals in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic in Palestine, IMET2000-PAL has organised several workshops focused on the acute airway management of such patients. The workshops were attended by healthcare professionals from many hospitals and were titled: Healthcare Professionals’ Management for Severe Acute Respiratory Infection (SARI) due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) Airway Management and Mechanical Ventilation These workshops were attended by approximately 50 people from many different hospitals in Palestine including: Hebron Governmental Hospital, Beit Jalal Governmental Hospital, Muhammad Ali Al-Mohtaseb Hospital and Yatta Governmental Hospital. IMET2000 aims to improve relations with the Palestinian Ministry of Health in hopes of reaching the highest level of health care and teaching to combat coronavirus. The workshops were run by Saleh Abu Lafah and Muhammad Abu Rajab, who are both reliable instructors from the American Institute of Healthcare, and included a detailed rundown of all the information needed to treat COVID-19 patients and different ways of protecting your self during treatment. In addition to that, a clear explanation on how to deal with the different symptoms associated with the virus was provided, and they went through some of the critical scenarios that can be expected. IMET2000 is committed to Palestine healthcare needs during this pandemic and thereafter and as much as we can!
IMET2000 continues to support those infected with COVID-19
My Story during COVID-19 Pandemic
Dr Ehab Balawi (Gaza), IMET2000 Scholarship in Neurosurgery-China
CEO of IMET2000 appears on Al-JazeeraMay 8, 2020 IMET2000’s CEO Dr Malik Zaben was kindly invited by Al-Jazeera to talk about the IMET2000’s activities and programmes in Palestine. Dr Zaben outlined IMET2000 overall vision and mission particularly outlining the key fields in which IMET000 have been active over the last decade in Palestine. He pointed out the ever-evolving programmes of health care professional training programmes in mental health, burns, physical trauma and professional development. He then proceeded to talk about IMET2000 joint-fight with other local NGOs and stakeholders against COVID-19 and their efforts in providing protective personal care kits airway management training for medical and nursing staff, and personal protective equipment to healthcare professional dealing with patients infected with the virus.
Six UCL-Ventura Constant Positive Airway
Pressure (CPAP) Respirators for IMET 2000
IMET2000’s Training Workshops to Fight Against COVID-19 in PalestineApril 29,2020 In recognition of the importance of training Palestinian healthcare professionals to be able to fight COVID-19 and take care of COVID-19 infected patients, IMET2000 have organized eight workshops in 2 weeks for governmental and non-governmental hospitals in cooperation with Palestinian Ministry of Health. Each workshop was attended by 10-20 doctors and nurses from a range of specialties from both private and public hospitals. These workshops came under the title Healthcare professionals Management of COVID-19 Patients with Severe Acute Respiratory Infection. We started at Al-Najah National University Hospital and then expanded to reach hospitals in Jericho, Tubas, Nablus, Qalqilya, Jenin, Tulkarem and Ramallah. We have trained more than one hundred doctors and nurses. Mr. Muhammad Abu Rajab and Mr. Saleh Abu Lafah from the American Institute of Health Care Professionals ran the workshop. A detailed explanation of the latest guidelines to recognize and treat COVID-19 patients, evidence-based practice and how to use appropriate ventilation methods and infection control measurements and safety precautions were all addressed and provided. Theoretical knowledge was then translated into practical sessions simulating many potential COVID-19 infected patient scenarios.
International Medical Education Trust 2000 Supports the Field of Scientific ResearchApril 26,2020 As part of our programs to support continuing health sciences education, IMET2000 presented a travel grant to Dr. Rawan Utt to attend an international conference in Dubai entitled HMS – Introduction to Clinical Research (Dubai) 2020. Dr. Rawan Utt said that “It was a unique experience, besides learning different skill sets during the research work, I was also given opportunity to present my project at international academic workshop with other researchers from different countries. I am really grateful and thankful for IMET2000-PAL for their support and help that I attended the ICRT International program on clinical research was held at Harvard University – Dubai. All I can say is that now, I am much, much more motivated to take up new challenges in the future, whatever may come.”
A meeting between our team in Palestine and the Head of the Emergency Unit at the MoHApril 13,2020
Second lot of essential items has been delivered to COVID-19 treatment Centre in BethlehemApril 12,2020
IMET2000 Organises Training for Nurses on Caring for Coronavirus PatientsApril 8,2020 In recognition of the importance of training healthcare professionals in caring for COVID-19 patients, we have organised a workshop for nurses titled: Nursing Management of COVID-19 Patients with Acute Respiratory Failure. This took place on the 8/04/2020 at the An-Najah National University and was attended by 10 nurses from different specialties and backgrounds. Professor Rasha Abu Zaitoun the Continuing Education Officer at An-Najah University thanked IMET2000-PAL for their cooperation. Mr Muhammad Abu Rajab and Mr Saleh Abu Lafah from the American Institute of Health Care Professionals ran the workshop. A detailed explanation of the needed information to identify a COVID-19 patient and safety precautions, in addition to how to deal with the respiratory and bodily symptoms of patients, were among other key topics covered.
Our Team in Palestine Deliver Essential Items to COVID PatientsApril 6,2020
Great IMET2000 Supporter Julie Felix Died Sunday 22nd MarchMarch 24,2020
Sadly, we have to announce the death of Julie Felix, the human rights activist and world famous singer and writer of folk music particularly protest songs. Julie died peacefully in hospital on Sunday 22nd March. Apart from her fame as a TV, radio and stage star, she was an intense supporter of the underdog and her lifetime interest in protest against war and in promoting human rights inevitably led her to sympathise deeply with Palestine. She was a good friend of Richard Field our official representative in Africa and of Colin Green and a great supporter of IMET2000’s work in Gaza, the West Bank and in Africa. In particular she helped Richard raise thousands of pounds to support an orphanage in Uganda by holding concerts in or near London. Whenever Colin asked her to perform at one of his major fundraising events for Palestine she always said yes and entertained the guests with a mixture of fun, lament, protest and love songs, always declining any payment. In addition she introduced Colin to many celebrities in the music business who then often supported IMET2000 generously. We last heard her perform solo for an evening at the remarkable age of 80 years and the voice and professionalism was still extraordinary. Richard and Colin both think her at least the equal of Joan Baez as a singer. Above all she was kind, generous and cared deeply for other people less well off than she was. We are proud to have earned her friendship and her loyal support. Richard and Colin would now like to set up an annual IMET2000 Julie Felix Memorial Scholarship in Maternal Health which will be open to young doctors, midwives or nurses in Uganda.
IMET2000 Strengthens its Links With the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music (ESNCM) and PalMusic UKMarch 11, 2020
At a recent concert in Oxford organised by PalMusicUK in which the Palestinian-Jordanian concert pianist Iyad Sughayer performed Mozart, Liszt and Khachaturian to a sold out audience,
Colin Green was delighted to be honoured by PalMusic UK and made a Patron. In his acceptance words he was able to say without exaggeration that in his opinion (and many in the audience who applauded Iyad’s mastery of the piano with a standing and cheering ovation) that he felt that we had listened with excitement to a future star, certainly the best he had heard come out of the Arab World in his many years of concert going worldwide. He also explained why IMET2000 supports cultural activities as part of a holistic approach to preventative medicine of great importance in Palestine especially as part of their child mental health programme. We ask you to listen to this song performed by the Gaza Branch of the ESNCM Choir and Orchestra from different branches.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uYSc2b1cZi0&feature=youtu.be
First music therapy session for children at Jasmine SocietyMarch 2,2020 IMET2000 held the first music therapy session for children with autism and learning disabilities at Jasmine Charitable Society in Ramallah, where the total number of children who benefited from the session was more than 50 children by the therapist Omar Jaber.
IMET2000 signs a tripartite agreement of cooperation with The Ministry of Education and the Rawan Child Development AssociationFebruary 29, 2020 Ramallah- following the chain of activities and programmes previously organised by IMET2000 for people with special needs in Palestine, Mr Fadi Zaben on behalf of IMET2000 has signed a tripartite agreement of cooperation with The Ministry of Education represented by The Director General of Educational Guidance at the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, Mr Mohammad Al-Awash. The third member of this agreement was the Rawan Child Development Association who were represented by the director of the organisation, Ms Salam Asya. The agreement was signed in the Ministry Building and is built around supporting IMET2000 in furnishing 3 source rooms in 3 different state schools, which were chosen by The Directorate so that the area of joint work and activities are in the Deiriyah district of Jerusalem. The schools names are: Abu Dis Mixed Primary School, Al-Jadira Girls Secondary School and Al-Ram Boys Primary School. These facilities will be made available for students with learning difficulties who suffer from disturbances in cognitive processes. This leads to these students having difficulties in keeping up with other students.
IMET2000 Continues its Art Therapy Program to Help Kids Undergoing Treatment for CancerFebruary 27, 2020 We have organised this month three art therapy sessions at An-Najah University Hospital-Nablus. Ten kids undergoing treatment for cancer benefited from those sessions. The children enjoyed the sessions by doing lots of circular drawings including drawing Mandalas. Mandala art therapy is a form of psychotherapy through which kids draw geometric patterns in an effort to alleviate their stress and encourage them to engage. Other activities in those sessions focused on kids under infection control isolation to keep them engaged and happy.
IMET2000 Organise Three Training Courses of Cardiac and Lung Resuscitation for Adults, Children and New-BornsFebruary 23, 2020 The International Medical Education Trust (IMET2000-PAL) organised three training courses for doctors and nurses on cardiac and lung resuscitation for adults, children and new-borns at The Arab American University and Juzoor for Health & Social Development. Each course was attended by 10 doctors and nurses from a range of specialties and from both private and public hospitals. The courses began with a few words from Mr Fady Zaben and Dr Mohammed Obaidullah where they spoke about the educational programmes and opportunities made available by IMET2000-Pal and what the future may hold for it. They also talked about what projects were planned for this year, and they emphasised the keenness of IMET2000-Pal to continue to organise training sessions on a regular basis to improve the standards of care delivered by medical staff in Palestine. The first course was directed by Mr Salah Al-Hajj Ali in 2/2/2020, the second was directed by Mr Jihad Hawamda & Mrs Tahreer Taha in 19/2/2020 and the third training was directed by Fayez Ghannam in 23/2/2020, The trainings began with a detailed explanation of the theoretical information on the resuscitation of the heart and lungs for children, new-borns and adults as per the guidelines set by The American Heart Association in 2015. The trainees then applied this information with scientific, practical steps, on artificial respiration and cardiac resuscitation for adults, children and new-borns for all expected cases.
IMET2000 Supports the Field of NeurosurgeryFebruary 20, 2020 Among IMET2000’s programmes to support continuing education, and through its strategy to contribute to the development of medical personnel in all specialties, IMET2000 has presented Dr Ehab Balawi – specialising in Neurosurgery – with a scholarship to study in Chongqing Medical University in China for a year. This scholarship is part of a chain of scholarships provided by IMET2000 to help and improve medical personnel in Palestine, it’s worth noting that Neurosurgery is a desperately needed speciality in Palestine. Dr Balawi has expressed his gratitude to IMET2000 for this scholarship.
IMET2000 Organised Paediatric Advanced Life support Training for Physicians and Nurses In RamallahFebruary 8-10, 2020 IMET2000-PAL organised a 2-day training course in cooperation with Juthur in Ramallah on advanced child recovery titled: Paediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Training for Physicians and Nurses . It was attended by 12 doctors and nurses from a range of state and private hospitals, and was opened with a word from Mr Fadi Zaben (IMET2000’s representative in Palestine) where he welcomed the attendees, gave a rundown of the programmes provided by IMET2000 and gave an outlook on its future. He also explained how this training course is but one of many training courses available for physicians and nurses all in hopes of upgrading medical personnel in Palestine. The goal of the workshop was to help medical staff to recognise and understand the latest developments and applications of advanced CPR for children and for them to be able to apply these skills. This was achieved through training based on real scenarios which gave an applied and practical explanation on successfully preforming advanced CPR. It was organised by a group of specialised training cadres according the American Heart Association’s regulations. The course was directed by Mr Iyad Al-Sayyid and Mr Muhammad Adawi, reliable instructors from the American Heart Association. The training included the use of training models (Dolls shaped like the human body) to educate the attendees on how to resuscitate a child’s heart and how to handle emergency cases like people who suffer from critical heart and lung diseases. Finally, various pathological and symptomatic conditions were discussed that required the application of the resuscitation process.
IMET2000 Annual Dinner in the House of Lords YesterdayFebruary 8, 2020
This year we were celebrating at our Annual Dinner in the Peers Dining Room our IMET2000 20th Anniversary and the 25th Anniversary of the Al Quds Medical School. This was hosted yet again by our staunch supporter Baroness Jenny Tonge and it was a special occasion in beautiful historic surroundings. We had 124 guests , including the Palestinian Ambassador Dr Husam Zomlot, four IMET2000 Patrons ( Baroness Helena Kennedy, Jon Snow, Mike Barnes and John Griffin), many IMET2000 Trustees and so many good friends and loyal supporters from the Palestinian community and Arab world. It was not only socially successful but raised virtually all our targets financially for two urgent projects for physical trauma (the IMET2000 Trauma Centre for Training, Education and Research in El-Bireh and the new Neurosurgery Unit in The Ramallah Medical Complex) and two for mental health (the Jasmine Centre in Ramallah and the Art Therapy for Cancer Patients in Nablus, Augusta Victoria and Beit Jalah). We thank our wonderful hostess Jenny Tonge , the Ambassador, our stand-up comedian Alex Healy and Jon Snow our great Patron and guest speaker as well as all the generous guests in the room who made it such a success.
IMET 2000 Award Their Founder Colin GreenFebruary 8,2020
As this was a celebration of both the 20th Anniversary of IMET200 and the 25th Anniversary of Al Quds Medical School, the charity has decided to badge the new Trauma Centre in El Bireh with the name of our Founder Colin Green. In addition, Al Quds University recently acknowledged the pioneering work of Professor Nael Shihabi as first Dean of Al Quds Medical School open to its first cohort of students ( a mere 32 in number)in 1994 by presenting him with a plaque and affixing one to the entrance to the Medical School. The current Dean of the School, Dr Hani Abdeen, and the University President couriered a similar plaque via Dr Malik Zaben, and this was presented by Baroness Tonge and Dr Malik as a surprise to Colin to thank him for his help in starting that School. A somewhat overwhelmed and emotional Colin was delighted to be awarded such a precious prize but dedicated it to his wife Liz who helped him and the Palestinian students so much, for example by arranging UK electives , helping start the support group The Foundation for Al Quds Medical School (FQMS) in 1997, supporting many post-graduate students in the UK, and helping run fundraising events over many years from 1996 onwards. He emphasised that without her support, it would have been impossible to do half the projects done jointly with the students for years afterwards.