2024 – Gazan medical students stranded abroad

2024 – Gazan medical students stranded abroad

Following the war on Gaza on October 7, 2023, FQMS began providing financial assistance to medical students from Al-Azhar University and the Islamic University of Gaza who were stranded abroad and cut off from their families. These students received support to cover part of their living expenses and navigate the challenges they face. Please read their testimonials to learn more about their heartbreaking experiences.

If you are a stranded student from Gaza experiencing similar circumstances, please complete this form: [Click Here].

If you would like to support these students and help us with this project, please click on this link: [Support Here].

Testimonials

31- Testimonial from Linda

“I am a medical student at Al Azhar university. Now I am in Egypt and trying to start over in my life because we lost everything due to the war in Gaza. Your organisation’s commitment to humanitarian aid is truly commendable, and the impact of your generosity has been significant. I thank you very much for your great efforts. 

Best regards”

Linda

32- Testimonial from Tala

“I was preparing for my third year of medical school, halfway to becoming a doctor at Al Azhar university when the war came and destroyed everything. After 7 months of war in Gaza, I traveled to Egypt to complete my journey to become a doctor.

However, difficulties continued due to the loss caused by the war so your support has been very valuable to me. I really appreciate your effort for helping us.” 

Tala

33- Testimonial from Haya

“I am Haya, a medical student who escaped the war on Gaza. The financial aid helps me provide the basic necessary needs in life after my family became without income. FQMS have proved that there is still hope in this world, there is still support, there is still a journey to fight for. 

I am forever grateful for their kindness and generosity, which has changed my life for the better.

Thanks for the generous support of FQMS”

Haya

35- Testimonial from Seham

“As this war continued to disrupt our lives, I was compelled to flee the Gaza strip, leaving my family and memories, where the ongoing genocide continues. I’m now fighting alone in this vast world to pursue my educational journey. I am deeply grateful for your support; you helped me pay my apartment rent. I hope you continue to support every student who sacrifices everything in these difficult circumstances.

Thank you so much.”

Seham
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Support Healthcare in Palestine

Support Healthcare in Palestine

Fundraiser by Paul Slade

FQMS has supported the development of self-sustaining healthcare in Palestine for nearly 20 years. Circumstances today could not be more difficult, nor the need more desperate. Paul Slade is creating a fundraising campaign for FQMS.

He will be walking 25 miles on Saturday, June 8th, in the Samaritans National Walk. However, this time he wants to raise funds not for Samaritans, but for FQMS. Twenty-five miles is quite a distance for a man in his eighth decade, and the cause is immensely important. So please give as generously as you can via the link below.

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Medical Students Volunteering in Gaza Hospitals

Medical Students Volunteering in Gaza Hospitals

During a recent visit to Gaza in March 2024, the Chairman of FQMS met with students from the Islamic University of Gaza (IUG) and Al-Azhar University. Many of these medical students volunteered in local hospitals during the war, acting as the backbone of support for doctors and gaining practical experience and knowledge through these apprenticeships. They committed significant time—such as three days per week for at least two months.

To support their efforts, FQMS provided financial assistance. This funding aims to ensure that these students can focus on their training and volunteer work without the added stress of financial strain.

In the first phase, FQMS, in collaboration with PalMontada (The Palestinian Medical Forum), distributed financial aid to 53 medical students, primarily those in clinical years (4th to 6th), working across various departments. A small group from foundational years (2nd and 3rd) focused on wound care departments. These medical students are volunteering at the European Gaza Hospital, Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital, Abu Yousef Al-Najar Hospital, Naser Medical Complex, and Tal Al-Sultan Clinic.

To help us continue our work and assist more medical students and doctors, please donate to the Gaza Appeal via the link below.



Check out some testimonials and photos below.

“We are writing to convey our deepest appreciation for the generous support provided by Al-Quds Foundation for Medical Schools in Palestine during the recent war on Gaza.

We are pleased to inform you that the fund distribution has been successfully completed.

Your organisation’s commitment to humanitarian aid is truly commendable, and the impact of your generosity has been significant. On behalf of all those involved, we extend our heartfelt thanks for your unwavering support.

We look forward to future collaboration with FQMS as we continue our efforts to support students in need.

Warm regards”

Palestinian Medical Forum – Student Branch


“Soon after the beginning of the ground invasion on Rafah, we were ordered to leave by the IOF. So, we got displaced for the fifth time, moving into a tent. During these hard times and using the FQMS financial support for me as a medical volunteer, I was able to help my family with the expenses of leaving Rafah safely and setting up our tent.”

Medical sTUDENT


“I am a 5th year medical student who has volunteered at Alaqsa hospital since the beginning of this war. As the hospital is far from my home, I used this support as pocket money to cover my transportation fees and other expenses.”

Medical sTUDENT


“I am originally from northern Gaza, and when we had to leave our home there, I couldn’t take anything of my medical equipment. While volunteering in the internal medicine department, I needed a stethoscope. I used this support to buy one, so that I could improve my ability to examine patients properly.”

Medical Student


“After the direct bombing and complete destruction of my house in Gaza city, I lost all my stuff and clothes. I used this support to buy essential things back again.”

Medical Student


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The Madrinha Trust Scholar Mentee Awards

The Madrinha Trust Scholar Mentee Awards

Special Recognition Awards 2024

Special Recognition of Heroism Awards go to our Medics and Students in Gaza, Palestine

The Madrinha Trust continues to support FQMS student medics and doctors. This year, they awarded the 2024 Heroism Award to 14 Gaza medical students and doctors. Watch the Zoom recording via this link; which took place on Friday, May 3rd.

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Fundraiser for FQMS – June 14th

Fundraiser for FQMS – June 14th

🗓️Date: Friday, June 14, 2024, from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
📍Location: Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, WC2H 8EP

We are delighted to promote this event, a fundraiser for FQMS.

Join us on June 14th, 2024, at 7:00 PM for an event in support of Palestine. The event will feature Palestinian singer Rola Azar, accompanied by Palestinian oud player Saied Silbak and his band @hatem.kiwan, @hanenkiwan_hk, @baselseaf1. The proceeds from the event will support medical charity organisations: FQMS & MAP.

The evening is presented by Meshwar in association with Bethlehem Cultural Festival.

For more information about the event, the programme, and tickets, click here.

Ya Talien Eljabal – Rola Azar (Official Video)

Rola Azar‘s debut London performance in London. Rola, the captivating voice of modern Palestinian folk culture, was born in Nazareth, Palestine, and academically trained in Oriental Music at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. With a career highlighted by performances in prestigious venues worldwide. 

She released her debut album in partnership with Lebanese artist Ziad Sahab in Beirut and is gearing up for her second album, rooted in Palestinian dialect. Rola’s commitment extends to preserving traditional songs with her father, Milad Azar, and embarking on an exciting new project with Ziad Sahab, all while using her music to fortify Palestinian identity. For more information, please visit her official website.

Saied Silbak – Bashir (Official Video)

Saeid Silbak is a Palestinian composer and oud player born in Shafaa`mr, in the lower Galilee of occupied Palestine. He began training in classical piano at the age of four, before moving onto the oud in his early teens to delve deep into the nuances at the base of Arabic music. Silbak has a unique understanding of different types of music, from Arabic, Turkish and Indian to classical Western styles. 

His signature sound, created through his artful ability to fuse these styles together, has seen him perform around the world. He has performed at festivals and concert series in the UK, Belgium, France, Palestine, Morocco, Argentina and beyond. Visit his official website for more information.

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Abdallateef’s Annual Project – 2024

Abdallateef’s Annual Project – 2024

Abood, a third-year medical student at An-Najah University, has been awarded a full undergraduate scholarship through our partnership with the Madrinha Trust. Learn more about his annual community-based project below:

“The preservation of health ranks supreme in the hierarchy of life’s priorities, its worth beyond measure. Therefore, it behooves each individual to nurture and safeguard it vigilantly, mindful of the irreversible consequences that may arise from its neglect.

As diabetes and high blood pressure are common health concerns for adults and the elderly, my colleagues Dana, Raghad, Mustafa, and I have chosen to visit the village of Sarra in Nablus.

Our goal is to conduct blood sugar and blood pressure tests in vibrant neighbourhoods, offering health advice and answering any questions residents may have about these conditions. We also aim to address misconceptions and provide guidance on healthier habits.

The activity commenced with introductions and seeking permission from the people to conduct comprehensive health tests encompassing blood sugar, blood pressure, heart rate, and blood oxygen levels. Subsequently, we offered personalised health advice aimed at enhancing their well-being, along with distributing informative brochures detailing strategies to mitigate the risk of contracting and managing diabetes and high blood pressure.

The enthusiastic response from the community was heartening, particularly as it revealed a significant portion had not undergone these examinations for a long time. We emphasised the importance of regular health screenings for these conditions, fostering a sense of commitment to ongoing care.

Overall, the event proved immensely successful, leaving a positive impact on the community.”

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Mustafa’s Annual Project – 2024

Mustafa’s Annual Project – 2024

Mustafa, a second-year medical student at An Najah University, has been awarded a full undergraduate scholarship through our partnership with the International Arab Charity. Check out his annual community-based project:

“Diabetes and hypertension are very concerning diseases in our community and both have high morbidity and mortality rates especially in Palestine. So in order to raise people’s awareness in our community about those diseases my colleagues Abdallateef, Raghad, Dana, and I decided to do blood pressure, blood glucose, and oxygen tests for the citizens in Sarra village near Nablus and also give them instruction in how to manage and prevent those diseases.

My colleagues and I went to Sarra village and started going to places such as markets and restaurants and taking permission from the elderly (because they have a high risk of developing diabetes and hypertension) to conduct those tests, and after seeing the results some of them had diabetes and some of them had hypertension and some of them had both, we gave them information accordingly on how to manage and prevent the progress of these diseases.

It was a very enjoyable and exciting experience. All the people in the village were very helpful and they even started calling others to take the tests and they were very understanding. Finally, I believe raising awareness in Palestinian villages is a crucial part of developing and nurturing our communities’ health.”  

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Raghad’s Annual Project – 2024

Raghad’s Annual Project – 2024

Raghad, a second-year medical student at An Najah University, has been awarded a full undergraduate scholarship through our partnership with the Madrinha Trust. Check out her annual community-based project:

“In our quest to support community health, my fellow medical students and I embarked on an inspiring mission called “Enlighten Nablus.” In our journey as medical students, we advocate a proactive approach, and value the power of prevention over cure.

Our motto is early detection coupled with an enlightened life that avoids dire consequences. We are responsible for spreading awareness among adults, especially those over 40, who are most vulnerable to chronic diseases. My group Dana, Mustafa, Abdallateef and I on Thursday, 25/4/2024 went to Sarra village adjacent to Nablus, and embarked on a journey of education and empowerment.

There we entered the local stores, introduced ourselves as medical students, and explained about diabetes and high blood pressure in an easy, simple way. We listened patiently and connected with each individual, while gently dispelling myths and misconceptions. With consent being our cornerstone, we conduct blood glucose test, blood pressure test and the heart rate and blood oxygen level test to reassure everyone about their health.

But our mission extended to more than diagnosis; it was about empowerment through understanding. We distributed awareness leaflets to reinforce our advice.

Having done wonderful collective work in the village, we left, realising that our collective efforts had planted awareness seeds.  Together, we deliver the most effective work.”

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Dana’s Annual Project – 2024

Dana’s Annual Project – 2024

Dana, a third-year medical student at An Najah University, has been awarded a full undergraduate scholarship through our partnership with the Madrinha Trust. Check out her annual community-based project:

“Because it is the most precious thing in our lives, the thing we cannot do anything without, the thing money cannot buy, we had to do anything to raise people’s awareness about health and its problems. So my colleagues Raghad, Abdallateef, Mostafa and I decided to measure the blood sugar, blood pressure, blood oxygen, and heart rate of Sarah Village residents.

It was an exciting experience because all the residents were kind and helpful. We also dispelled misconceptions about diabetes and high blood pressure. Finally, we distributed some booklets containing information about these diseases such as their symptoms, types and causes. Also, we advised them to undergo regular examination and not to neglect any symptoms or signs that appear, because sometimes these small signs may lead to another serious disease.

In conclusion, I think community projects play a vital role in fostering unity, addressing local needs, and creating positive change. Through collaboration and active engagement, these initiatives benefit the community directly and promote a sense of ownership and responsibility among residents. While each project may have its challenges and areas for improvement, their collective impact contributes significantly to building stronger, more resilient communities.”

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Salah’s Annual Project – 2024

Salah’s Annual Project – 2024

Salah is currently studying medicine at Al-Quds University. He was awarded an undergraduate scholarship through our partnership with the Madrinha Trust. Learn more about his annual community-based project implemented in April 2024.

The “Health Horizons” project aimed to address the healthcare needs of the underserved remote area of Hadril by organising a free medical check-up day. The event focused on providing essential health screenings, consultations, and education to the local community to promote better health outcomes and well-being.

Project Objective:

To improve access to healthcare services for the residents of Hadril, particularly those who face barriers to accessing medical care due to geographical remoteness, financial constraints, or lack of awareness.

Project Outline: The project involved the following components:

  • Health Screenings: The event offered free screenings for blood pressure, glucose levels, and cholesterol tests to identify potential health risks and conditions early on.
  • Consultations: Attendees spoke with healthcare professionals about their screening results and general health concerns, receiving personalised advice and guidance.
  • Health Education: Workshops were conducted on topics such as nutrition, exercise, and preventative care to empower participants with knowledge and resources for maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
  • Referral Services: Participants who required further medical attention or specialist care were guided and referrals to appropriate healthcare providers or facilities.

The project was conducted through collaborative efforts with local health authorities, volunteer medical students, and experienced healthcare event organisers. Planning and coordination involved identifying suitable venues, recruiting and training volunteers, securing the necessary equipment and supplies, and promoting the event within the community.

  • The medical day included our medical booths for (blood pressure, blood sugar, blood ABO type, oxygen and pulse measures, memory and stroop tests) + reception and welcoming corner.
  • Two shifts included working on the same station for 1:30  hours straight, then switching to the other 2 stations till the end of the medical day.
  • Other specialties were on the ground with us, such as (Nutrition and Physiotherapy),
  • Number of doctors and specialists to be part of our medical day private mini clinic,  in collaboration with Bani Na’im municipality and the Red  Palestinian Crescent.


The event successfully provided essential healthcare services to Hadril residents, with a significant turnout and positive feedback from participants. Many individuals benefited from the screenings, consultations, and educational workshops, gaining valuable insights into their health status and receiving guidance for improving their well-being.

The project had a positive impact on the community by raising awareness about preventive healthcare measures, facilitating early detection of health issues, and fostering a culture of proactive health management. By addressing immediate healthcare needs and promoting long-term health practices, “Health Horizons” contributed to improving overall health outcomes and quality of life in the underserved remote area of Hadril.


The project achieved its objective of organising a successful and beneficial free medical check-up day for the Hadril community. Through collaborative efforts and a comprehensive approach to healthcare provision, the project has made significant strides in addressing healthcare disparities and promoting health equity in the region


It is recommended to continue organising similar healthcare initiatives periodically to sustain the momentum generated by “Health Horizons” and ensure ongoing access to essential healthcare services for Hadril residents. Additionally, efforts should be made to expand outreach and engagement strategies to reach more individuals in need of medical care and health education.

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