Telemedicine for Doctors in West Bank and Gaza

May 23, 2013 ANERA
Gaza, Health, Health Education, Vocational Training, West Bank
Gaza doctors Attend Medical Class via Teleconference

The Reality

Due to occupation, checkpoints, and the siege of Gaza, Palestinian doctors find it nearly impossible to pursue higher education in their fields of expertise. Restrictions on travel out of Gaza mean that most doctors there cannot attend medical conferences that could provide them information on new research and medical treatments. While Palestinian doctors and hospital specialists in the West Bank are highly interested in continuing their education, restrictions on movement, checkpoints, and the economic situation present huge obstacles.

ANERA’s Response

In 2010-2011, ANERA partnered with John Hopkins Center for Clinical Global Health Education (JHU) to offer continuing education classes for doctors in Gaza and the West Bank. Video-conferencing allowed more than 100 Palestinian doctors, both generalists and specialists, to learn some of the latest developments in medicine through sessions with some of the best medical experts from JSU.

How It Works

  • Established a curriculum developed with input from both Palestine and JHU, covering such topics as cirrhosis, dialysis, nosocomial infections, lipids, asthma, and Type-2 diabetes.
  • Each class consisted of a 45-minute lecture with PowerPoint slides and 30 minutes for question and answers.
  • Students attended 12 video-conference sessions over six months.
  • Students received certification from JHU after attending and passing exams on at least seven of the class subjects.

Ask the Doctors 

Dr. Burham Samar, organizer:  “We’re pioneering the culture of learning through video-conferencing and continuing medical education in the West Bank.”

Dr. Abu Leil, participating doctor: “I’m taking this course out of a personal desire to develop and keep myself updated on the newest developments in medicine, especially in first world countries.”