19/12/2014 West Bank Office

PalMed delegation completes it’s visit to the West Bank

The delegation was lead by Dr.Raouf Salti, consultant urology surgeon in France.

They completed their 8th visit since 2011.

The delegation conducted more than 30 operations, most of which to remove cancerous tumors and inserting artificial bladders. Most of the work was done in Jenine hospital in the north of the West Bank and in Beit Jala hospital of BethLehem in the south.

In addition to the hands-on work, the delegation also continued is training programme for the local professionals and delivered several lectures on the advances of urology surgery in the world.

The visit was sponsored by the French charitable committee for solidarity with Palestine (CBSP), and was supported by the French consulate in Jerusalem.


27/05/2012 West Bank Office

PalMed’s urology team returns to France after success

Following months of preparations, PalMed-France in cooperation with the French embassy in Jerusalem sent a medical team specialized in Urology consisting of Dr. Rau’f Al-Salty (urologist) and Dr. Hervey Aplaz (anaesthetist) and nurses Monique Jerand and Josette Du’gand.

During the visit which lasted from 27/5 till 5/6, the team performed several surgeries in the Dr. Khalil Sulieman Hospital in Jenin and the Bethlahem Arab Society for Rehabilitation.

The team also delivered some urgently needed medical supplies and equipment. Dr. Kamel Asrheed (Director of the Dr. Khalil Sulieman Hospital) expressed his gratitude to the team and sent a letter of thanks to PalMed EU. Both parties are looking forward to creating further opportunities allowing them to cooperate in serving Palestinian patients.


05/12/2011 West Bank Office

PalMed-France welcomes Palestinian children to France

PalMed –France, in an initiative with French organisations and the Belgian council invited a group of Palestinian children from Hebron and Nablus to spend the weekend in several European cities. The aim of the visit was to reduce the psychological pressure are under and the psychological problems they suffer from as a result of the occupation, 

the lack of services and the harsh circumstances they live in. Amongst the children was Amir; the youngest Palestinian prisoner who was detained at 8 years old while Yazan, who was also amongst the children went through the horrors of witnessing the assassination of his parents and siblings during an invasion on Nablus.

The group which consisted of 12 boys and girls aged 12 to 14 visited Marseille, Lille, Paris, Calais and finally Brussels where the group was officially greeted in the city’s council. The deputy mayor of the town thanked PalMed’s efforts aimed at reducing the suffering of Palestinian children and promised to continue working with them to serve them. The visit ended on the 10th and the children went home with presents to their peers in Nablus and Hebron after spending ten days in the hospitality of the PalMed. Their parents thanked the Forum and showed their appreciation towards its efforts even when they were busy with welcoming their children back. 


18/06/2011 West Bank Office

PalMed-France organises a ceremony for the urinary tract surgery team following success

Amidst the cold French Alps a warm atmosphere surrounded the ceremony that took place between the PalMed-France delegation consisting of Dr. Mohammed Al-Salem (PalMed EU chair), Dr Amani Abu-Qasem (treasurer), Dr. Jasem Syam (head of media department-France) and Dr. Sara Abu-Qasem (member) with different Arab and Palestinian doctors and medical staff in France who attended to discover more about the Forum’s activities. 

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The ceremony was opened with a speech by Dr. Saleh Amr; head of the Palestinian community in Grenoble and the organiser of the event who greeted and welcomed the audience and PalMed-France. This was followed by a speech by Dr. Mohammed Al-Salem chair of Palmed EU who also welcomed the 150 attendees and also introduced the Forum, its accomplishments and its objectives.

A selection of Middle Eastern dishes and desserts were served for dinner which was followed by a presentation by Dr. Rauf and Dr Hervey of the medical missions made in Bethlehem and Jenin. They presented photos of some of the surgeries they had performed there and explained the medical difficulties Palestinians suffer from. They also showed some of the sites they visited in Jenin.

Dr. Hervey then emphasised the importance of such projects and the impact they have on Palestinian people. At the end of his speech, Dr Al-Salem thanked the delegation for their efforts and presented them with some Palestinian token gifts. The ceremony continued till after midnight where the audience chanted Palestinian songs and danced the traditional dabkeh dance.

At the end of the ceremony Dr. Al-Salem thanked all those who attended from the Syrian, Lebanese, Algerian and Moroccan communities and also thanked, Mr. Abu Nael and Dr. Suliaman Al-Dahshan, Dr. Anas Alouairy and finally Dr. Haidar and Dr. Nabil Abushammaleh who both came from Lebanon and Gaza respectively.

The cold weather was again outdone by the warm atmosphere that surrounded a delicious Eastern breakfast which D. Al-Salem invited his Syrian colleague to in his restraint in Grenoble.

PalMed EU delegation completes operations successfully in Gaza hospitals


A delegation of PalMed EU doctors volunteered in a number of hospitals during their visit to Gaza. The delegation consisted of Dr. Osama Shameyye (PalMed-Germany) a specialist in obstetrics and gynecology with extensive experience in laparoscopic surgery and the treatment of women’s involuntarily urination. He performed the first laparoscopic hysterectomy there in addition to a number of other unique operations. For two weeks, he also participated in training a number of colleagues in several hospitals there.

Dr. Osama gave a lecture on the treatment of involuntary urination and helped out in a number of surgeries. His performance was admired by his colleagues especially heads of the women and childbirth departments in Al-Shifaa’ hospital who asked him to visit again in order to expand his training sessions. He was also mentioned in local newspapers and media.

Dr. Sayyed Altaramsi (member of the executive board at PalMed-Germany), specialist in family medicine and alternate medicine set up a free clinic at his house which was met with popularity especially in Al-Shate’ camp.

Dr. Munib Deeb (head of PalMed-Germany) visited several surgical departments in Al-Shifaa’ hospital. He also met with the head of the PalMed office in Gaza: Dr. Mohammed Abu Nada and the medical director of Al-Shifaa’ hospital Dr. Naser Al-tatar. In the meeting they discussed means of future cooperation between them in order to develop the departments and staff. Dr. Mohammed Al-Ran (a consultant in general surgery) joined them and they discussed the role of PalMed EU in current projects such as the anus and rectum surgical department which PalMed EU is currently developing.

In a daily meeting and in front of a crowd of surgeons, Dr. Sobhi Skeik warmly welcomed PalMed’s team and praised its efforts during and following the war on Gaza. He also highlighted the role of European doctors in developing the medical situation in Palestine.

The delegation visited the external anus and rectum surgery recently constructed and surgical equipment was delivered on the expense of everyone.

Dr. Munir, performed the first laparoscopic tumour removal in Al-Shifaa’ hospital which was completed successfully despite the severe lack of equipment.

PalMed EU would like to thank these unique doctors for their special performances n serving their people who are in desperate need of their medical expertise.


23/04/2011 West Bank Office

PalMed France holds open day in small village in Palestine

Aseera Al-Qableyye is a Palestinian village in southern Nablus in the west bank. Its population is estimated at 3000 people and is 600 meters above sea level. It has an agricultural society and enjoys beautiful weather.

PalMed-France representative Dr. Hamza Thawabi (specialist in cardiology and vascular associates), Dr. Imad khazne (specialist in internal medicine and diabetes at Thabet-Thabet hospital in Tulkarm) and Dr. Mohammed Saleh held an open day in Aseera Al-Qableyye offering free medical services. Free external clinics were set up in the village council.

The open day focused on the following objectives:

  • Checking blood pressure and raising awareness about this issue.
  • Checking blood sugar levels and raising awareness about this issue.
  • Raising awareness about the dangers of smoking.

The delegate had a thorough idea regarding the general health in the village and was impressed with the results. However they were surprised by the levels of obesity in the village which are up to 70%.

At the end of the open day, the mayor, members of the village council and the citizens of the village thanked the participants and asked the delegate to pass on their appreciation to the members of PalMed EU and to Palestinians in Europe. The delegate emphasized the importance of organising further similar events in different villages in the future.

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