|FOR AUCTION: Artworks and Special Items from Gaza
We are proud to present special items from Gaza and a range of artworks by high profile artists like Khaled Ben Slimane, Fathi Hassan, Bruce Lacey and Laila Shawa generously donated by our supporters.
To ensure everyone can participate, we have extended the auction deadline until February 15th, 2024, at 6:00 p.m.
To bid on our special items, please visit this link. You will find detailed descriptions, images, and instructions on how to bid.
Check out the catalogue and more information about the artworks on this link.
Don’t miss out on the opportunity to own a special items and support a noble cause.
Thank you for your interest and support.
There are many Gazan Palestinians studying medicine in schools around the world. Most of these students have now lost their sources of income as result of the destruction of Gaza. They are unable to pay their rents or their tuition fees and may not be able to meet their living expenses.
FQMS does not normally have projects working with medical schools outside Palestine but this need is massive and urgent.
We are launching an emergency, extraordinary campaign to raise funds to help Gazan medical students studying outside Gaza with immediate effect. This will provide them with tuition fees and a basic living allowance. As an example, in Egypt, students need approximately £1500-2000 every 6 months. We have identified 30 needing students in Egypt so far.
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Design A: Seasons Greetings, Bell Tower at the Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem.
Design B: Seasons Greetings and a Happy New Year, Santa holding FQMS & Palestinian flags.
Design C: Seasons Greetings and Merry Christmas, Church of Saint Porphyrius, Gaza.
Design D: Seasons Greetings and a Happy New Year, a decorated olive tree.
|About the event
|Join us on Sunday, 28 January, for an afternoon fundraiser lunch at Maroush Park Royal.Timing: 2-6pmWe aim to raise funds for Palestinian medical schools and students. More than 250 Healthcare workers and students have been killed and there is massive destruction of medical facilities. Hospitals and medical schools are in ruins.In addition to helping to relieve the immense pain felt, FQMS will make a big contribution towards rebuilding.
Together, we can rebuild and strengthen Palestine’s medical sector. We look forward to seeing you at Maroush on Sunday, 28 January, for an afternoon of remembrance and inspiration accompanied by good food.
|⌛️Date: Sunday, 28 January 2024, 📭: Venue: Maroush park royal, ⏱️: Time: 2-6pm
Ticket prices include:
1. Three-course meal: appetiser and a main course.
2. Soft drinks.
3. Alcoholic drinks will be available at an additional cost, paid directly to the restaurant.
Tickets are available for purchase via the link below. We encourage you to secure your spot early, as limited tickets are available.
The high price of the tickets reflects the urgent need for very significant fundraising. Please be as generous as possible.
The event will feature guest speakers who will share their insights and experiences. It will also have sensitive live music and a sales of a variety of items. All proceeds from the event and sales will go towards our mission.
Dress Code: Smart casual.
If you are not able to attend please help FQMS by making a donation through the link below. Every donation, no matter the amount, will go a long way in supporting the Palestinian medical schools and students.
During the recent war on Gaza in October 2023, FQMS provided support to medical students who were stranded abroad and unable to return home due to the situation. These students were provided with the necessary resources to cover their living expenses until the war ended. We have compiled testimonials from medical students who have shared their experiences during times of crisis.
1. Testimonial from IFMSA
“We extend our gratitude for your continuous support to medical students and the healthcare sector in Palestine, especially during these challenging times we are currently facing.”IFMSA- Gaza
2. Testimonial from Jamila
“I am a fifth-year medical student at Al-Azhar University, Gaza, Palestine.
In October 2023, I completed my elective internship programme in the Surgery-Orthopaedics department at Yozgat Bozok University Hospital. As a medical student, I have always wanted to change, inspire, and improve in my pathway vision chapter within the core values I believe in. I was interested in going out and embarking on this opportunity, to discover other medical health education systems.
Sadly, after one week, all my feelings changed. When the Israeli occupation started the genocide against my beloved people in Gaza, targeting our safe places and civilians and killing life in Gaza, they turned my lovely city into demolished areas by destroying my home, medical school, hospitals, mosques, churches, and all basic elements of life (electricity, water supplies, and food storage). I can’t listen to my family’s voices, It’s aching and horrible feeling to think that you might lose one of your precious people at any moment while I am stuck here.
Despite that, I completed my internship programme, and the war is not finished. I can’t return home, the border is closed, and there is no way to go until the ceasefire stops. I would like to express my gratitude and thanks to FQMS, for supporting me financially and covering my needs during this catastrophic time. This is while I can’t contact my family and friends in Gaza.”Jamila
3. Testimonial from Ghadir
“Hello, I am a fifth-year medical student at Al-Azhar University of Palestine. Last October, I embarked on my public health internship at the Public Health Authority of Heidelberg City in Germany “Landratsamt Rhein-Neckar-Kreis”.
I was very excited to get through this completely different opportunity. This was a crucial step into my future as a promising medical student working on improving her possibilities. Unfortunately, this enthusiasm disappeared directly after the 2nd week of my internship when the Israeli Occupation Forces started bombing my beloved people in Gaza, targeting our safe places and civilians. They destroyed my medical school. They bomb all forms and elements of life (safe homes, hospitals, mosques, churches and even our only remaining water supplies).
Every day the situation gets more dire and is exacerbated by the catastrophic siege. This leaves my people in Gaza without their essential resources, water, food, fuel, electricity, medical supplies and drugs. I barely contact my family every other day. They texted to say that they were still alive. It’s a horrible feeling to be far away from your home while your lovely family, friends and all the innocent people live under continuous bombing.
Though I have completed my internship, I can’t return to Gaza until the ceasefire is established. I am grateful to FQMS for covering our needs by providing financial support during this challenging time. We cannot reach our families for support”.Ghadir
4. Testimonial from Hanan
“I finished my master’s degree in the UK in September. I augmented my knowledge of public health and improved the healthcare system. I was excited to graduate in October and then go back home to celebrate with loved ones and make a change in Gaza’s health. Gaza, however, was the first site of the deadly attack.
I kept stuck in the UK losing the connection with my family. FQMS support helps me afford the costs and tough times here.
Thanks for all your tireless efforts.”Hanan
5. Testimonial from Heba
“I am a fifth-year medical student at Al-Azhar University in Gaza. I had the opportunity through October 2023 to do a clinical clerkship at the Gynecology and Obstetrics department in Göttingen, Germany.
It started pretty nice and exciting, and I could learn and experience something new each day. My day started at 7:30 with the morning meeting and morning round and ended at 4 pm. Dividing my days throughout the month between engaging stational work, clinic work and the operation theaters. The supervising doctors, and the chief of a particular department, Prof. Dr. Med. Gallwas, were very helpful. She was very welcoming and allowed me to assist her in several unique operations. It was a remarkable time.
I feel that I learned a lot and gained a better understanding of how I could apply knowledge and innovation methods to our healthcare system. This is because in the end, it is the little things that make a huge difference. Göttingen also was one of the loveliest and most comfortable cities I’ve ever visited. However the war on Gaza started and I got very exhausted mentally through having my thoughts always with my family and people in Gaza. My clerkship ended successfully but I couldn’t fly back to my beloved Gaza as the war and destruction were still ongoing, as well as the closed borders.
That’s where I got in contact with FQMS. Their fast and immediate generous support means a lot to me. I want to express my deepest gratitude for their helping hand. I wish, at this moment, I could write this testimonial under better circumstances. However, just a week ago I lost 5 close members of my family; my grandparents and my 3 uncles while they shelter at their restaurant Italiano. Learn more about them and their story.
I’m hoping for a soon end and that FQMS keeps supporting students through their careers wherever they can, especially in difficult times”.Heba
6. Testimonial from Yara
“Dear reader, allow me to share a chapter of my life with you. I am Yara, a 22-year-old medical student at Al-Azhar University, Gaza. Born and raised in Gaza, I survived 5 wars and many escalations. However, I have always believed in peace and hope that one day I will see my beautiful Gaza as one of the leading cities in Palestine. On September 2019 my journey in medical school started, that’s when I knew that reaching a dream is nothing but the start on a new one. After 4 years of medical school, the opportunity to participate in an internship in Italy was envisioned as the dawn of my new dream.
After a lot of hard work and ups and downs I made it to Italy on the 1st of October 2023. Not knowing that within a week, my world would take an unforeseen turn. The echoes of Gaza’s genocide transformed my aspirations into despair fragments.
Profound are the losses experienced—separation from family, loss of friends and professors, and the cherished landscapes that once defined my world. Communication limitations have intensified this isolation. As I am unable to contact them daily, and if I am lucky enough, I receive a short call or message from my dad telling me that they are still alive.
As I embark on the journey to rebuild dreams shattered in the blink of an eye, this odyssey underscores a profound truth — in the darkest moments, compassion and support endure. FQMS, your significant help that of a charitable entity was as we say “the light you find at the end of the tunnel”. Thank you for your help in these difficult times. Thank you for always being there for us as medical students. Thank you for reviving my faith in humanity.
With sincere appreciation.”yARA
Find out how Yara experienced this difficult time in her detailed testimony published in the Citizen.
7. Testimonial from Omar
“My name is Omar, and I am a medical student at Al-Azhar university from Gaza, currently in Jordan for a short-term training period. Unfortunately, due to the recent aggression on Gaza, I find myself unable to return home and facing significant challenges in covering basic living expenses.
I am writing to express my deepest gratitude for FQMS’ invaluable support. The financial assistance I received covered essential living expenses, including food, clothing, medicine and other basic necessities.
Your support allows me to focus on my medical training and overcome the obstacles presented by the current situation. I am committed to completing my training and returning to contribute to my community as soon as conditions permit.
Thank you again for your unwavering support during these challenging times. Your foundation’s assistance has made a significant and positive impact on my journey, and I am truly grateful.
8. Testimonial from Hamza
“On June 26th 2023, a new chapter began in my life as I finished my last year of medical school. I have always had aspirations to travel overseas to Germany to get my higher education and speciality to help my people as far as I can. Therefore, I have worked tirelessly to learn German during my last year at university along with studying for my 6th year exams. I didn’t hesitate to travel to Germany to train in the Orthopaedics and Trauma Surgery department at UKSH in Kiel, Germany. I also finished all the language requirements to work in Germany. I planned to return to Gaza to continue my internship year in late November.
Unfortunately my plan was severely interrupted by the ongoing war on Gaza. This was because it was very difficult to concentrate on my goals while I had never-ending fear and anxiety for my family. This was the first war to occur and I am not in Gaza. I felt safe, but for the first time in my life, I didn’t want to feel safe, I was more terrified of being safe. I wanted to be with my family, even if that means we are in danger. I wanted to be in Al-Shifa Hospital where I have worked previously with other colleagues in Emergency department, I wished if I could help save someone’s life. But I felt powerless. Since the war started It was very hard every time I texted my family and I didn’t get a reply back due to cut of internet and electricity from the strip as I didn’t know if they are alive or under the rubbles. My eyes couldn’t sleep in peace, knowing that my family, beloved ones, and people are filled with fear and horror. The air strikes have killed 15 members of my extended family, including my grandfather and two uncles, during this war. Moreover, my house was also severely damaged due to bombings near it.
It was impossible to live life normally, but I was determined that I had to work hard to achieve the goals I traveled for. I successfully passed the B2 language exam and internship.
I was very thankful when FQMS reached out to all medical students stranded outside of Gaza to support them financially during this difficult period. Their efforts, support, and care left an unforgettable feeling that we were not alone through this! Supportive efforts in the right direction at the right time.
I pray every day that the war and killing machine on my people stops. We have already lost so many valuable lives.
My kindest regards,”Hamza
9- Testimonial from Hamza
“I’m an Al-Azhar University medical student in my sixth year. Since I began attending school, I have been searching for training opportunities outside of the beleaguered Gaza Strip. I have been looking for opportunities to practise medicine in the European Union since my first year of college. Finally, in Tampere, Finland, the northernmost city in Europe, I recently participated in an elective programme at Tays Hospital.
My heart felt different when I got to Finland. It was my first trip away from Gaza, so I quickly adjusted to the cold weather. But three days later, because of what transpired on October 7, my happiness at getting out of Gaza was incomplete. My focus was taken away from the horrible conflict in the Gaza Strip because I was preoccupied with concerns about my friends and family. As a result, the FQMS course was created. This promptly assisted me and made sure I had everything I needed to finish my student exchange programme. In the end, I completed the student exchange program and joined another gastroenterology programme, thanks to the FQMS Foundation. During this period, they helped me accomplish everything I brought.
We in Palestine and Gaza do not have enough funds to cover such travels due to lack of salaries and support. The assistance helped me encounter different cultures and people, while expanding my medical knowledge and life skills. This was particularly during this difficult period due to the conflict in Gaza.”Hamza
10- Testimonial from Alaa
“It was a normal day when I was off to university as usual when the unfortunate war happened changing everything we ever knew to destruction. The escalating situation took a toll on us physically, mentally, and financially. Fortunately, I fled the ongoing conflict, yet my heart remains deeply connected to the people of Gaza.
As a fourth-year medical student, I believe this challenging time calls for my commitment more than ever. Completing my studies feels not just like a personal goal but an urgent responsibility to serve my community.
I will forever be grateful to FQMS for their unwavering support during these trying times. Their assistance has been invaluable, helping me through these challenging times, and giving me hope to continue.
My ultimate aspiration is to pay this generosity forward and become a source of aid for those in need. FQMS’ support has inspired me to strive for a future where I, too, can offer help and support to others.”Alaa
11- Testimonial from Mohammed
“I am one of the medical students who was affected directly by the ongoing war. I am trapped outside Gaza, without support, cut off from my parents, and in a lost space. Hence, I cannot resume my studies after ending my cultural and medical elective in September 2023, nor can I continue anywhere. I was about to return to my home country on the 10th of October. Unfortunately, it seems, at least for Palestinian medical students sharing the same situation, like life went into a coma after the 7th of Oct. It’s devastating to my motivation. This grant, presented from FQMS, gave me a push in the ocean of uncertainty to continue finding my way to medicine I deeply appreciate your kind support and I hope this extends to enable students in our case to resume their studies and achieve their dreams.”Mohammed
Please keep donating and supporting Palestinian medical students.
Your contribution directly impacts the education, training, and development of these aspiring healthcare professionals, enabling them to provide quality healthcare services to the Palestinians.
Together, we can continue to make a difference.
Last updated 22 November 2023
The Gaza Strip is a small zone (45km long by 12km wide), home to approximately two million Palestinians. So far:
- 13,000 Palestinians were killed including 5,500 children;
- More than 230 healthcare workers were killed.
- 33,000 Palestinians were injured;
- 1.1 million people were ordered to move to southern Gaza;
- More than 1,5 million people were forced to flee their homes;
- 25 out 35 Gaza’s hospitals “out of service”
- *The figures have been reported by the Palestinian health ministry, Palestine Red Crescent Society and Israeli Medical Services.
The situation is dire, described as the toughest escalation in recent Palestinian history.
FQMS supports the two medical schools in Gaza. Our students and their families are living through horrendous conditions. The siege now includes a complete power cut and the barring of entry of food and daily supplies.
FQMS will support the students to help them continue their education and the medical schools in rebuilding what is being destroyed.
Gaza in figures:
- 2.3 million total population.
- 47% are children.
- 1.7 million live in refugee camps.
- Only 1% of Gaza’s population has access to safe drinking water.
- 53% of the residents living in extreme poverty.
- 44.1% is the unemployment rate.
- 80% of the population rely on international humanitarian aid to survive.
- 70% of the Gaza population are refugees.
- All areas in the Gaza Strip suffer from scheduled electricity outages of 12-18 hours a day, while densely populated areas are most affected.
- For more than 16 years, the Gaza Strip has been under blockade.
Briefing and Newsletters:
Check out our briefings and newsletters regarding Gaza’s dire catastrophic situation.
- Ground Zero In Gaza
- Lives Ended…..Futures Erased
- Briefing by FQMS
- Gaza emergency appeal 2
- Gaza emergency appeal 1
Updates from our partners:
The FQMS family mourns the death of so many doctors and medical students in Gaza.
Damaged medical schools in Gaza:
Israeli officers rejoice as they blow up a medical school campus in Gaza. No joy in destroying education.
Updates from our students in Gaza:
Dr. Hamza Elyasji is an emergency doctor at Al-Shifa Hospital. Here is his message from Gaza to the world. 18 October 2023.
A message from Dr. Suhaib Alhamss at the Kuwaiti Specialist Hospital in Rafah , the only surgeon there. He calls for foreign medical delegations to go to Gaza to help, as Palestinian medics are exhausted, expiring and are few in number.
Translation of the audio:Dr sUHAIB Alhamss, 19 oCTOBER
“Hello Doctor. We are still receiving scores of dead and injured and corpses with many missing. The barbaric bombing continues to this moment but we are steadfast and continue working. The health in Gaza collapses more and more. Some hospitals have been shut down. Three governmental. Hospitals have shut down. It’s catastrophic in every sense of the word. Please encourage medical missions to Gaza. Perhaps it’ll lessen the impact of the bombing. God reward you all. They say missions may come in on Saturday and I wish there would be foreign missions to help lessen the bombing and their embassies will look after them.”
A Message of hope. Hisham and Jamal, our graduates of the undergraduate scholarship programme implemented in collaboration with Madrinha-Trust. Despite the horrible conditions and escalation in Gaza, they save lives and spread smiles.
Yesterday, I met Jamal at the hospital. He and his family are all OK, and we are sending you much love.hisham, 23 OCTOBER
If you would like to support our efforts in this emergency appeal, please consider donating through post, bank transfer or by clicking the link below.
(Last updated: 24 October 2023)
As part of its professional development program, FQMS provided partial financial support to Dr. Yazan for his attendance at the AMEE 2023 Conference (An International Association for Medical Education) in Glasgow, United Kingdom, between 27-30 August 2023. Check out his testimonial and photos below.
“The opportunity to attend the AMEE23 Conference was a dream come true for me. As a medical student from Palestine, I have always been passionate about medical education and its role in improving healthcare outcomes, particularly in regions facing numerous challenges like my homeland. Your support allowed me to turn this passion into reality by participating in a conference of global significance.
Presenting my abstract on the “IFMSA Professional Exchange Program – Outcome Evaluation and Impact Assessment” at AMEE23 was a pivotal moment in my academic journey. This abstract represented countless hours of research, dedication, and collaboration with mentors and peers. FQMS’s help made it possible for me to present those ideas and outcomes.
The AMEE23 Conference itself exceeded all my expectations. It was a melting pot of knowledge, innovation, and inspiration. I had the privilege of attending sessions and workshops led by world-renowned experts in medical education. These sessions not only broadened my understanding of the subject but also challenged me to think critically and creatively about the future of medical education, both locally and globally.
Moreover, the networking opportunities at AMEE23 were invaluable. I had the honour of connecting with fellow attendees, speakers, and professionals from diverse backgrounds and countries. These interactions allowed me to exchange ideas, share experiences, and build relationships that I believe will have a lasting impact on my academic and professional journey.
It is evident that the global medical community is dedicated to improving medical education and healthcare systems worldwide. I am grateful for the chance to be a part of this vibrant community.
Your support has not only made a difference in my life but also in the lives of those I hope to serve as a healthcare professional. The knowledge and inspiration I gained at AMEE23 reaffirmed my commitment to addressing healthcare disparities faced by underserved communities, including Palestine. I am more determined than ever to contribute to the advancement of medical education and healthcare in my region, and your support has played a crucial role in shaping this determination.
In closing, I want to express my deepest gratitude to FQMS for making my participation in the AMEE23 Conference possible. Your support has not only enriched my academic and professional journey but also inspired me to continue striving for excellence in medical education and research. I promise to carry the lessons and inspiration gained at AMEE23 forward in my endeavours. I hope to make you proud of the impact your support has had on my life and the lives of those I aim to serve.
Once again, thank you for your unwavering support and belief in my potential.” Yazan
Through the graduate debt relief programme, FQMS successfully assisted 15 graduates in alleviating their financial burden, enabling them to fulfil their outstanding university debts and obtain their long-awaited certificates. The testimonials shared by these graduates attest to the positive impact of the programme on their lives and academic pursuits. Below, you will find their testimonials, highlighting the transformative effects of the debt relief initiative.
- Testimonial from Safia:
Due to the ongoing hard socioeconomic status of the people of Gaza Strip as they are currently only receiving only nearly half of their pay checks, as well as my own tough circumstances that I have been through; my father is currently unemployed, I live in a family of seven in a rented property, my mother is a housewife and our entire income is based on the salary that my father receives due to the fact that he was once a prisoner in the Israeli prison. This salary which is only NIS2,000, barely enough to put food on the table and pay rent, nevertheless pay for my university debts.
I have applied to FQMS with the hope that this might be my only way through to pay my debt, get my diploma, and be able to apply to the Palestinian residency program and work on my career in order to be ready to help the people and the community.Safia
2. Testimonial from Rneem:
I am writing to express my profound gratitude for the generous grant you awarded me to pursue my medical education. This financial assistance comes as a ray of hope and a life-changing opportunity for me and my family. Allow me to provide some insight into my family background. We are a family of seven, and our household income barely exceeds 400$ a month. With such limited resources, providing for my siblings’ college education and meeting our daily expenses has been an immense challenge for my parents. Two of my siblings are attending university, adding to our financial strain. Receiving this grant has transformed my life and given me the chance to pursue my dream of becoming a medical professional. Additionally, it eases the burden on my parents, allowing them to allocate more resources to support my siblings’ academic pursuits. Not only has the grant alleviated our financial worries, but it has also provided me with the means to focus wholeheartedly on my studies. I can now fully engage in my coursework, participate in extracurricular activities, and take advantage of various learning opportunities without constant anxiety about financial constraints. Moreover, this grant has empowered me to dream big and set ambitious goals for my future. I am now confident that I can complete my medical degree and give back to society by serving those in need of healthcare, especially those from underprivileged backgrounds like mine. Once again, I extend my deepest appreciation for your unwavering support. Your kindness and belief in my potential have not only changed my life but also my family members who have supported me through every step of this journey. Your contribution will have a lasting impact on my future and the lives of those I hope to help in the future.
With heartfelt thanks and warm regards,RNEEM
3. Testimonial from Asala:
I am a medical graduate from Al-Azhar University, Gaza, in 2022.
First, you have my full respect and appreciation. Thank you so much
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping.
I am from a family of 10 whose only supporter is my father. He is a employee . I have two of my family studying in universities, this will increase the load on my father and when I learned that I was lucky and my name was among the names that were chosen for the FQMS scholarship, I was very happy because this scholarship will make me able to obtain my university degree then I will start my career and Without this scholarship, I would not have been able to pay my fees and obtain my degree.Asala
4. Testimonial from Maram:
I am Maram, a medical graduate from Al-Azhar University, Gaza, in 2022. I am from a family of 8 whose only breadwinner is my father. He is a retired government employee with a salary of 1600 shekels per month. I have a sister who studies medicine at Al-Azhar University, Gaza, and she is now in her fifth year so it is difficult for my father to carry this burden alone. And when I knew that I was lucky and my name was among the names chosen for the FQMS scholarship, I was very happy because it helped me reduce part of the huge accumulated amount of university fees and for which I could not extract my certificate and in the end I extend my thanks to all who contributed to this good deedMARAM
6. Testimonial from Khalid:
I am Khalid, 25 years old student who graduated from the medical school at Al-Azhar university With a huge debt upon my shoulders which has been accumulating for 6 years reaching approximately 20,000$, after my first year in college I couldn’t be able to even pay the minimum fees that would allow me to only enter exams without knowing my grades or how I did in any of my exams, so I am extremely thankful for your support that helped me to reduce the amount of debt required from me to get my certificate and start practicing my dream’s career.Khalid
7. Testimonial from Momen:
Hello, I am Momen, graduated from medical school at Abu Dis university- Al-Azhar branch.
Coming from a modest background, with a family struggling to make ends meet, and as you know, Israeli air strikes have annihilated hundreds of houses in Gaza. Among these houses ,in the year 2021, was my family’s only house.
Receiving this financial support has been a true blessing. With four siblings and limited family income, pursuing to get my certificate seemed like an unreachable dream. The grant has allowed me to breathe easier, focusing on my studies without worrying about how to cover expenses.
This assistance not only lightens the financial burden but also empowers me to excel academically and aim higher for my future. It’s incredible how this money has transformed my life, turning obstacles into opportunities.
Thank you very much.Momen
8. Testimonial from Refqa:
I am a Palestinian medical graduate. I am writing this letter to request needed financial aid to obtain my university degree and keep up with my academic and professional life.
Since last year in June, I finished my final exams of the last year from the Faculty of Medicine at Al-Azhar University of Gaza.
Currently, I’m desperately unable to get my marks and certificate due to the massive amount of money I’m indebted to the university.
I have no perspective of how my family or I can afford or collect such a massive amount of money to get my certificate.
I am grateful for your assistancerefqa
9. Testimonial from Amir:
Hello, I graduated last year from medical school at Abu Dis university- Al-Azhar branch
Hailing from a low-income household with both parents working tirelessly as laborers, higher education was a distant dream. The financial assistance I received has been a lifeline, allowing me to bridge the gap between aspiration and reality. With a large family to support, money was always scarce, making it difficult to focus on my studies. Now, I can finally breathe and dedicate myself fully to my academic pursuits. This support has enabled me to get my certificate and eventually work as a doctor.
As the first in my family to attend college, this financial aid not only eases the financial burden but also sets a precedent for future generations. I am deeply grateful for the opportunities this money has opened up, and I am committed to making the most of them. With determination and the support I’ve received, I’m now on a path to realizing my dreams and creating a better future for myself and my family.AMIR
12. Testimonial from Mahmoud:
My name is Mahmoud, General practitioner doctor, graduated from Al-Azhar university in the last year, but I could not obtain my university certificate and marks due to incomplete payment to the university. So I am unable to continue on my medical journey.
My family consists of six members and suffer from many financial difficulty. As my father is retired, and my mother does not work and has many diseases. I also have two sisters in university and one brother recently finished university, but is not working.
Today, l am very happy and thankful for your financial aid. I am able to take my university degree and continue in my dream to specialise in orthopaedic surgery and register in employment exams.mahmoud
13. Testimonial from Ola:
I am Doctor Ola. I graduated from Al-Azhar University in 2022. My father is a father of 6 children. His financial income is not sufficient for our needs, especially since we are all university students, my mother does not work, and my brothers are students. My study period was shared with the study period of 3 of my brothers and they were also students at the Faculty of Human Medicine, so it was difficult to pay our tuition fees. I thank you very much for your assistance. This will help me obtain a bachelor’s degree and pay part of the money owed to me.OLA
14. Testimonial from Alaa:
I am Alaa, a graduate doctor. I graduated from Al-Azhar University-Gaza, and I could not get my degree because of the amount of money accumulated on me, and because of the poor financial situation, I will not be able to pay it. I live in a family of 12 people, and the only source of income for my family is my father whose salary does not exceed 2,900 shekels and he has other children who are studying at universities and other great responsibilities that he undertakes, and this scholarship will help me greatly in reducing the burden of the accumulated amount and increasing the chance of obtaining my degree sooner in order to complete my scientific and practical career that I have tried for many years and faced difficulties to reach it, and in conclusion I thank you for your great efforts in supporting and helping students and their families in Science and you are always friendly.ALAA
Haitham has been accepted to complete the elective programme at John Radcliffe Hospital in Surgery in July 2023. Check out his testimonial and photos below.
“My journey began when I received an email from the University of Oxford, confirming that I was granted placement in their prestigious elective program. Eagerly awaiting the completion of my 5th-year exams, I could hardly contain my excitement about the upcoming adventure. It should come as no surprise that it was a lengthy journey I had to undertake. This started with the visa application process that coincided with my 5th year exams. It culminated in the strenuous task of navigating through the Rafah crossing. The four months leading up to the actual journey were demanding. However, after a challenging and long journey, I arrived in the UK on July 11, 2023.
Luckily, I was accepted into two distinct specialties, each for a four-week duration. My first elective took place in the Urology department at the renowned Churchill Hospital—a remarkable opportunity as it’s one of the biggest and premiere centres in the UK. The consultants were very welcoming and proved to be invaluable mentors. Here, I had my preliminary exposure to robotic-assisted surgery, which is standard practice for many procedures in Oxford. I witnessed and participated in a wide array of operations. It was new for me to see clinics run by nurses, such as cystoscopy and prostate biopsies. This immersion in the NHS system gave me insights into medicine. I couldn’t help but hope for a similar healthcare system in Palestine one day.
My second placement led me to UGI (Upper Gastrointestinal) surgery, though it was somewhat smaller in scale compared to Urology. Nevertheless, I gained invaluable experiences, from engaging clinics and enlightening teaching sessions to captivating moments in operating theatres. What surprised me were the innovative techniques and specialized equipment employed here, not readily available in my home country. I was also privileged to witness surgeries I had previously only encountered in textbooks, such as the complex three-stage robotic-assisted esophagealectomy.
Beyond my designated specialties, the welcoming atmosphere allowed me to explore other departments, including LGI (Lower Gastrointestinal) surgery and Breast surgery, where I observed surgeries and participated in multidisciplinary team (MDT) meetings. The complexity of cases handled here, including this particularly challenging colonic segmental resection initially planned for robotic surgery but later converted to laparoscopic and ultimately to open surgery, left a profound impression on me.
During my stay, I had the pleasure of meeting medical students from Jenin who came to Oxford for a short summer school. This provided a rare opportunity to connect with fellow countrymen in a foreign land. Additionally, I engaged with individuals involved in pro-Palestine organizations, discussing the healthcare situation in Palestine and brainstorming potential improvements. An exceptional moment was the chance to meet Sir Iain Chalmers, a co-founder of the Cochrane Collaboration and coordinator of the James Lind Initiative, who himself worked in Gaza as a medical doctor along with his wife Jan during 1969-1970 with whom we discussed the Palestinian political and healthcare challenges. I was immensely pleased to receive one of his books.
Living abroad had its culinary challenges, but I was pleasured to discover my hidden culinary talents. I also cherished the interactions with medical students from Oxford and Elective colleagues coming from various corners of the globe. Comparing and contrasting medical systems between Palestine, their respective countries, and the UK provided valuable insights.
In conclusion, this elective experience at the University of Oxford has been transformative. It has broadened my horizons, deepened my medical knowledge, and expanded my network in the global medical community.
I am profoundly grateful to FQMS for investing in my education. Your generous support enabled me to embark on this extraordinary journey. Thank you!”
Osama completed his elective at the Göztepe Prof. Dr. Süleyman Yalçın Şehir Hastanesi in the Cardio Thorax Surgery Department in July 2023. Check out his testimonial, photos and full report.
“FQMS has give me a substantial opportunity, a sparkle of my dream appeared to be a tiny light coming out the window. The small glow increased as I landed in Istanbul. The dream came true. It gave me a chance to participate in my future career and see medical facilities and surgeries that are not always accessible in my home country. This has opened my eyes to realise that my path should not end there. There are still chapters to be written in the story. I am looking forward to working hard and putting in extra effort to gain more knowledge beyond our border and try to serve it to my home patients, and enhance the medical healthcare industry. Not too hard to achieve. I’m truly grateful and delighted beyond my words for FQMS support and I hope to deliver it back throughout my future outcomes”. Read the full report.