PAMA's Congenital Surgery Project for Palestinian Children operates in partnership with local Palestinian surgeons from Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza, US based pediatric surgical experts, and NGO, not-for-profit Public Aid Society (PAS) Hospital in Gaza. Through collaboration, this program provides corrective surgery to poverty stricken children in desperate need of surgical intervention to correct a congenital anomaly that would lead to a lifetime of complications.
The national Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza must prioritize the allocation of operating rooms and surgeons and select surgical candidates by immediate need and resources available. Due to the ongoing conflict in the region, trauma and casualty patients take up the bulk of their limited resources. Public Aid Society (PAS), the local NGO, not-for-profit hospital can offer options for some, but those options are not free. With over half of the population living in poverty, most are unable to pay.
The project will provide funds to cover the costs of doing these surgeries at a Non-For-Profit hospital.
In addition to bringing relief to overtaxed government hospitals, the Congenital Surgery Project also presents a training opportunity for junior surgeons to gain hands-on experience to improve their skills and help other children.