While originally located in the heart of the old city of Jerusalem, St. John Ophthalmic Hospital has been relocated four times due to various wars. Now centered in Sheik Jarrah, the hospital has become specialized in providing eye health care for the citizens on the West Bank and Gaza Strip, many of whom are refugees. There’s also an outreach program to bring eye care to remote areas.
In 1982, we were approached by Dr. G.G. Bisley, who was then serving as warden and chief surgeon of the St. John Ophthalmic Hospital. Dr. Bisley was trying to create a small outreach program similar to the one he created in Kenya. With the help of our donors, he was able to purchase a mobile eye unit van. We continued to support the mobile programs for a number of years.