Press Release

Anera and USAID Rehabilitate West Bank Hospital

December 4, 2008 | Nablus, West Bank –American Near East Refugee Aid (Anera) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) celebrated on Thursday the completion of extensive renovations to Rafidia Surgical Hospital in Nablus.

USAID contributed a total of $950,000 through Anera’s Emergency Water and Sanitation (EWAS) program. The event was attended by the Minister of Health Dr. Fathi Abu Moghli, USAID Mission Director Howard Sumka, Anera President William Corcoran as well as other Palestinian and U.S government officials.

Rafidia Surgical Hospital is the largest in northern West Bank and it suffered from overcrowded hospital wards. USAID funded, through EWAS, renovatations to the specialized surgery, the gynecology and the orthopedics wards. The work included new plastering, painting and wall tiling. The radiology department, doctors’ dormitory, and the hospital lobby were also fully renovated.

The repairs done in Rafidia Hospital improved the medical care for thousands of Palestinians, particularly those who cannot afford medical care in private hospitals.