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Can you help FQMS achieve our mission?

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We are looking for new trustees to provide leadership and help shape the future of FQMS. Can you help?

Our aim is to create a future where Palestinian healthcare is self-sufficient backed up by excellent medical education. This would negate the need for patients to be referred for treatment away from home.

We are recruiting 2 new trustees to join our board, to provide leadership and help shape the future of FQMS. We are particularly interested in hearing from people with skills and experience in at least one of the following areas: Governance, Finance, and Law.

We know that diverse Boards make better decisions, so it’s important to us that we have a variety of perspectives and experiences represented. Our Trustee roles are open to everyone and we encourage applicants from all backgrounds.

I hope what you read in this recruitment pack will inspire you and drive your interest. We would like to hear from you, talk about your ideas and contributions.

How to Apply

Apply to admin@fqms.org and send the documents listed below:

  • An up-to-date CV – maximum 2 pages.
  • A supporting statement – outlining your interest in the role and how you fit the person specification. Include examples of your skills and knowledge gained from voluntary and paid work. Maximum 500 words.
  • Referee details – We need references from 2 people who can evidence your ability to work strategically at board level, and also your specialist knowledge, please include:
    • Name
    • Address
    • Position in the organization
    • Relationship to you
    • Telephone number
    • Email address

If you have any questions about the role or your suitability, please email admin@fqms.org.

Deadline: Friday 3rd September 2021

If you are accepted there will be a 6-month introductory / probation period to allow for mutual vetting.

Read more about how you can help FQMS

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Gaza update: Earthquakes in Gaza – a student’s story – 23rd May 2021

To the relief of the whole world, a ceasefire was declared in Gaza a few days ago. For those who live in the Gaza Strip those 11 days were a nightmare of death and destruction.

Gaza destruction

Shahad Al Shaer is a medical student at Al Azhar Medical School in Gaza City. She won a scholarship through a programme we run with the Madrinha Trust. Shahad wrote to us about the horrors of a night under the shelling in her home town of Rafah, on the southern edge of the Gaza Strip.

“When night comes we all gather in one room which we think is the safest inside the house. Hours pass as if years and our greatest wish is that the morning light shines, announcing the start of a new day.

With every explosion you feel as if the missile is pummelling your home. I resort to the safety of the embrace of my mother and father, praying to God so that calm my fears.

When the missile lands near my house, my feet tremble and pain is inside my heart. Have I lost a friend or relative?

Entire families have been destroyed and their names have been wiped from the civil registry. This includes many children, women and elderly people, and even Dr Ayman Abu Alowf with his family. He trained us inside Al-Shifa Hospital. He was one of the most qualified trainers in Gaza for his great scientific experience. His loss has been a great sadness to us all, his students.”

The FQMS family is thankful for the safety of Shahad, her family and all our students and friends in Gaza.

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Gazan street to the hospital

Gaza update: Dr Saleh Eleiwa & Dr Bakr Abo Jared – 18th May 2021

FQMS financially supports Dr Saleh Eleiwa and Dr Bakr Abo Jarad. They work as teaching fellows in Gaza.

They qualified as doctors in 2020 and now teach medical students as apart of their duties.

Here they share their personal experience and photos from the last few days:

Images: Gaza at night and the street Bakr and Saleh travel through everyday to reach the hospital. It was bombed yesterday, 2 were killed scores were injured.

Dr Saleh Eleiwa

“On Sunday, our neighbour’s home was destroyed by Israeli airstrikes. I’ve been in the hospital, volunteering in Emergency department to help as much as I can. My family and I are all okay for now. No one has been injured. But some of our beloved teaching colleagues and neighbours have not survived.

What’s happening is really a catastrophe. Literally, everyone everywhere is threatened. The nights are the worst. After dark the electricity is cut off and the bombing gets crazy. The airstrikes hit all parts of the Gaza strip.

We all are exhausted. We try to get some sleep, to take a break from what’s going on, but we can’t as everyone is targeted by the brutality of these attacks. From the large number of Israeli airstrikes, there can not be anything left to bomb.

We thank God every second we are still alive and pray for protection for our families and loved ones. I don’t remember crying that much as I cried when we heard that our doctor, the Head of Internal Medicine at Al Shifa Hospital, Dr Ayman Abu Alowf, was pulled out from under the rubble of his destroyed house. Killed whilst asleep with his family.

Thank you for your support and care. We hope that the truth will reach everyone about what really happening in Gaza and Palestine.

Dr Bakr Abo Jared

“Last week, Israel started its military campaign against us in Gaza, everything just stopped. So far, this war has left dozens dead and hundreds injured, including many students and trainers in our school. Over the weekend we lost Dr Ayman Abu Alowf, a physician and one of our IUG teaching staff, after an Israel attack on his home. 

Many of our students have lost their homes because of direct or indirect targeting. They now live in public school grounds. 

Successive attacks by Israeli aircraft have led to severe damage to most educational institutions, including the medical school building. We are all very worried, sleepless and looking to the heavens, wondering which house will be next.”

We pray for the safety of all our friends in Gaza.

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Gazan Doctors

Gaza update: Dr Ayman Abu Alowf & Dr Moeen Alaloull – 17th May 2021

Gaza hospital staff praying

FQMS mourns the loss of 2 prominent doctors in Gaza, both killed over the last 48 hours. We have also been trying to contact the students and trainers we work with in the besieged strip. There is no electricity most of the time so contact is difficult.

Dr Ayman Abu Alowf

Dr Ayman Abu Alowf

Dr Ayman Abu Alowf, 50, was killed when an Israeli bomb destroyed his house in the early hours of Sunday. He was a highly respected and valued General Physician as well as Head of Medicine at Al Shifa Hospital in Gaza City.

Dr Alowf was born in Germany and studied medicine in Slovakia before specialising in Jordan. He chose to return to Gaza despite the hardship involved. He has been head of department for 8 years and was and was asked to lead the COVID response in 2020.

Dr Abu Alowf died with his parents, wife, all 3 children and his aunt. He leaves beautiful memories for the many who knew him

Dr Moeen Alaloull

Dr Moeen Alaloull

Dr Moeen Alaloull was a prominent Gazan neurologist who graduated from Ein Sams Medical School in Egypt and worked in Saudi Arabia for more than 20 years. He returned to help in Gaza in the 1990s and worked with mental health organisations. He became an EEG specialist and had recently retired.

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Update from Al Makassed Hospital, Jerusalem – 11th May 2021

Update from Al Makassed Hospital, Jerusalem – 11th May 2021

Jerusalem

Over the last few days the news coming out of Jerusalem and Gaza have been deeply troubling.

FQMS organised and funded the training of surgeons like Dr Bashar Jaber. Dr Jaber works on the frontline treating victims and patients at Al Makassed Hospital in Jerusalem.

Dr Jaber and his colleague, Dr Haitham Alhassan, Head of Surgery at Al Makassed Hospital, have sent us this update this morning:

During the last few days, in the holy month of Ramadan, there has been a serious escalation of violence against Palestinians worshipping at Al Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem. 

Visitors to Al Aqsa Mosque have been attacked by the Israeli occupation forces and settlers with tear gas, sticks, rubber bullets, which are basically metal bullets covered with a thin layer of rubber, and bullets.

Hospitals of the occupied east Jerusalem were overwhelmed. The number of casualties on Monday morning were more than 300, reaching the hospitals in ambulances and private cars.

Al Makassed Hospital has received a total of 151 victims before midday. Many were admitted to the hospital. 6 patients underwent emergency operations by our surgeons from different specialities, two patients had direct trauma to the eye and lost their eyes.

Eye surgeons and maxillofacial surgeons were called in from other hospitals to help treat the wounded.

Today the victims continue to pile up with 220 arriving this morning at Al Makassed, 44 were admitted, 11 patients had operations, 3 maxillofacial operations, 2 laparotomies and splenectomies, 2 craniotomies for intracranial haemorrhage, one is in very critical condition, 2 patients had orthopaedic operation with vascular input due to complex injuries, 2 patients had scrotal explorations, one had a testicle removed. Few patients will have operations today to fix fractures of the face.

Al Makassed Hospital has declared this an emergency and is diverting all its resources to help the victims of current Israeli escalation.

FQMS helps to guarantee high quality medical education in Palestine and funds sub-speciality hospital training

Read about our postgraduate subspecialty training

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Christmas in Palestine

Chairman’s Update December 2020

Christmas Palestine

“A merry Christmas to you. It is very easy to feel jaded and cynical about the end of this year and the advent of next. Everything comes to an end. With every hardship comes a new horizon. Of that I am 100% confident.

At FQMS we managed to safely navigate March and snuck in with our gala dinner. It was very successful though attendance was expectedly hit by the early worries about COVID19. From our point of view as trustees it has been a very interesting 9 months. We have learned a lot and the constant ducking and diving to navigate the exposed manholes of the pandemic kept us on our toes. Rita, our devoted and excellent operations manager was furloughed for many months as we were unable to conduct any real fundraising activities.

Our main concern is always the beneficiaries of your generous donations. Palestinian medical schools shut as did most around the world. The difference in Palestine is the inability of the average person to rely on state help. Occupation limits freedom and ability to earn. In Gaza the wretched siege exacerbated many people’s miserable lives further. We diverted some of our funds to cover the tuition fees. Thus students did not have to incur more debt and the fees received helped pay the salaries of their teachers and trainers so they can survive easier.

You know about our upcoming webinars. The first one is on 16th January. We are jumping with joy that Professor Jim Al Khalili agreed to address our guests. I spoke to Jim and was struck by his humility and grace. Professor Hani Abdeen, the Al Quds Medical School dean will also give a real life portrayal of the medical school. We will also be joined by recent graduates from the school and you will get a very good picture of life there.

Please donate in advance if you can. We are pragmatic and appreciate that many of you may be stretched more than usual this year. If you are considering making charitable donations please keep FQMS in mind. The Trustees are working hard trying to approach donors.

We all wish you a wonderful Christmas and New Year.

See you on January 16th at 6pm.”

Khaled Dawas

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Zahir certificate

Zaher’s elective experience 2019

In June 2019, Zaher went on his elective to Koc University Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey. His experience focused on Cardiology.

Zahir

“Last summer, I did an elective course in the Cardiology Department in Koc University Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey. It was a fascinating experience which uncovered a whole new world in medicine for me. I hope to experience again as soon as possible.

Upon arrival and in the first meeting with my supervisor, we came up with a plan for my rotation in the cardiology department. We wanted to cover as many cardiology clinics as possible.

What I learnt

The outpatient clinics treated a variety of different cases, such as heart failure, valvular heart disease and arrhythmia. After we examined the patients, we discussed each case and formed a treatment plan. These considered all the patient’s details so it could be most effective. In my humble opinion, the biggest influence this clinic had on me was how the patients were dealt with in terms of ethics and medical information disclosure. They emphasised that the patient-centred approach is the cornerstone of the health care delivery. As an example, one seventy years old patient suffered from arrhythmia and wasn’t accepting his treatment plan. The doctor surprisingly showed the patient how the scoring system worked and invited him to find out his own score. This helped persuade him to embrace his treatment.

Zahir Istanbul Doctors

In echocardiography there were numerous cases with positive findings. This included hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, valvular heart diseases and ventricular kinetic abnormalities. In addition to pre-operative assessments, the rotating doctor started with demonstrating the cardiac windows and the cardiac anatomy revealed by the probe in each window. The doctor also taught me to read echocardiography and to identify different pathologies and abnormalities seen in various diseases. The most interesting part in this clinic, as I’d never seen a transesophageal echocardiography.

Another thing I observed was the process of installing a holter for a variety of patients and how to interpret their reports to identify arrhythmias. I saw numerous pathologies such as different degrees of heart blockage, supraventricular tachycardias. 

In the end of this report, I would like to thank you for the amazing opportunity this experience gave me. It allowed me to visit new countries and discover their culture. It also widened my exposure to different treatment methods.”

Read more about the international training placement programme here

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Osama books

Osama – FQMS bursary

At the beginning of lockdown, we kindly asked our donors to help us support more students in Gaza through our bursary programme. Here is the story of one of the students which we were able to support as a result of your donations. Read about Osama and his experience receiving a FQMS bursary. He is a student at IUG.

Osama in surgery training

“At the beginning, I want to express about my grateful for you for your support me and my colleague students and stand beside us in our crisis and don’t allow for financial impediment to prevent us from achieving our goals and dreams.

In fact I have a problem in matriculate for 2019/2020 season in the university in addition to the debit on me for the university and other persons. So I was in urgent need for financial support and by assistance of Allah and your scholarship I can pass this crisis. So really thank you very very much!

I will make my all effort to fulfil my dream, I have faced a lot of obstacles in my way that I could overcome, but the financial situation still poses a major obstacle but your scholarship gave me great hope and determination. It appeared to me as a sparkle in the darkness determination.

This scholarship means so much to me that it open up horizons for me to develop my relationships, talents, hobbies, and focus on my studies. Without it, the dreams that I’ve planned for and hoped to achieve will probably be shattered.”

Read more about student bursaries here

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Laila el-Haddad speaking

Chairman’s update April 2020

Has it really only been just over 4 weeks since the FQMS Annual Gala Dinner? So much has changed since then. Read the Chairman’s update April 2020:

Gala dinner audience

The dinner on the 7th March was much fun and Anjum Misbahuddin and the other committee members succeeded inn organising a varied and lively programme. The Ambassador Dr Husam Zomlot gave a short word followed by summary of the state of medical education and needs in Palestine by Dr Hani Abdeen, Dean of the Al Quds Medical School.  Laila el-Haddad, the Gaza-born keynote speaker, gave an inspiring and clear message about ambition and achievement. She travelled from the USA specifically for the evening and we are grateful for the time and effort she put into this.

Imran Yusuf was our celebrity comedian. He won over even more fans with his poignant and cutting humour. As a longstanding loyal and generous supporter of our charity, Najy Nasser was awarded this year’s “Major Benefactor Award”.  The evening was wrapped up by Hawiyya and the ever popular dabke folk dance with many joining in. 

The city theme this year was “Gaza”. Garry Keane and Andrew McConnell were very kind in allowing us to use clips of their fantastic film “Gaza“. Gaza is particularly prone to the disastrous effects of the COVID-19 pandemic with its poor healthcare and the siege restricting movement and trade between it and the rest of the World. Access to intensive care and other hospital facilities are very limited and the health of the average Palestinian in Gaza has been weakened by years of poverty and deprivation.

The dinner raised about £100,000. Thank you to all of you. The attendance numbers were certainly hit by the COVID-19 concerns though this was at an early stage then. FQMS expects that this will affect its ability to fund all the projects we had planned. The level of poverty and deprivation will increase dramatically in light of the economic situation affecting everyone. The travel restrictions imposed as a result of COVID-19 mean that students will not be able to travel for their international training electives. The FQMS trustees therefore propose to divert the electives funds to bursaries this year.

I look forward to seeing you on the other side of this crisis. If you are able to, please consider helping FQMS with more donations to help with bursaries for students whose families will struggle even more than usual to fund their education. 

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Anatomage table demonstration

Chairman’s report December 2019

Anatomage table demonstration

Read the Chairman’s, Khaled Dawas, report on what FQMS has achieved in 2019.

Where did 2019 go?

Of course we, and most of the British population, have been fixated on the elections and the ongoing campaigning. However, FQMS has its own business and this has revealed many successes.

The Al Quds University Medical School has opened the new FQMS Anatomy Lab, which is near-fully funded by FQMS. An Najah University Medical School in Nablus is following closely behind as it awaits delivery of the new digital technology tools.

Though FQMS prides itself on these capital investments in the medical education system in Palestine, we remain the strong proponents of the human side of it. FQMS proudly continues it’s partnership with the Madrinha Trust. We have just agreed full scholarships for a further group of medical students and are in the process of interviewing and selecting the students.

That is not all. Three more Palestinian board certified doctors have arrived in the UK to complete 2 years of sub specialist training. They are training in some of the most renowned UK centres in their fields. These are the specialists who we hope, will drive even more improvement in the clinical and academic profiles of the Palestinian health sector in years to come.

The FQMS annual gala dinner is on 7th March 2020. We have a new venue, the grand Intercontinental Hotel Park Lane, and are very excited about the programme. The city theme for this year is “Gaza” and we have a surprise lined up for you for the evening. In addition to being a fundraising event we as trustees pay particular attention to the entertainment side.

Our mission requires constant seeking of donations. We are inundated with requests to help students in Palestine whose families are unable to pay their fees. Sadly, we are unable to help many. Please keep your donations coming. Even a £10 donation is worthwhile.

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