Respirators for Palestine – emergency Covid-19 appeal

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IMET2000 is a medical education trust working for international cooperation in healthcare education and research. One of the countries where it is most active is Palestine, currently facing a critical emergency because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

On Sunday we received an appeal from IMET2000’s founder and director of overseas development, Colin Green, Emeritus Professor of Surgery at University College, London. The college hospital has worked on development of a respirator for which licences have been granted for production in Gaza and the West Bank. Now the trust has been obliged to launch an emergency appeal in order to bring the project to fruition, because its usual fundraising avenues are closed due to the pandemic.

For more information see the trust’s website.

Donate via the IMET2000 Just Giving page.

Read Prof Green’s appeal below.

This article was originally published by The International Medical Education Trust on Mon 25 May 2020. Read the original here.

Respirators for Palestine – emergency Covid-19 appeal

We fear that the COVID-19 coronavirus storm raging in neighbouring countries is about to break all barriers and go wild in Palestine both in the West Bank and Gaza. As of today, there are 550 cases and four deaths in the West Bank and 50 infected in Gaza.  The PA (Palestinian Authority) Minister of Health has asked IMET2000 to support those hospitals which are dedicated to care of COVID-19 infected patients. We are also supporting other outlying hospitals and small clinics in rural areas unlikely to be properly equipped.

IMET2000 has been asked to raise funds for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure or CPAP respirators, WHO standard personal protective equipment (PPE), COVID-19 specific testing kits and training of many additional healthcare workers in basic life support and critical care nursing specifically for COVID-19-infected patients.

We are making progress. Fortunately, my own UCL Hospital, London, have developed an excellent respirator together with the Formula One and Mercedes- Benz factory in Northants, UK, called the UCL-Ventura CPAP Respirator. This has been used extensively in COVID-19 patients over the past ten weeks in UCLH and other London hospitals and proved so successful that it has been fully approved by the Medicines and Healthcare products Registration Agency (MHRA).The factories are tooled up and producing 1000 per week. The UK government has purchased 10,000 already.

UCL have kindly granted IMET2000 a two-year licence for production in Palestine and we already have the design blueprints (copyright restricted) to allow us to make our own inside Gaza and the West Bank. They have also been incredibly generous in donating six of these respirators to IMET2000 for training and clinical trials and they have already been delivered to us ready for shipment to Palestine. We have booked and will purchase another 15 of these respirators to ship to Palestine as soon as possible.

Our current campaign target of £80,000 will pay for them and other COVID-19 driven activities.  We have already spent £28,000 on PPE and the very latest test kits which are highly sensitive and claim to give an accurate result in just 10 minutes. Our ambition is to manufacture and produce the respirators inside the West Bank and in Gaza with local engineers as well as PPE as a cottage industry, thus providing work and income for otherwise destitute people. As of today, we are also collaborating with the Faculty of Engineering in Al Quds University to produce a basic ventilator as a follow on from the respirator if COVID patients deteriorate.

Our great IMET2000 Team in Ramallah have been working overtime gathering essential items for victims and distributing them. Many Palestinian companies are being generous and donating to IMET2000 for example toiletries and sanitary products. Our complete COVID-19 package is described in the article attached.

This pandemic means that we cannot hold any of the fundraising events planned for this our 20th Anniversary year of IMET2000 working in Palestine. We have no option but to make a special COVID-19 appeal on our website Home page and on Facebook.  As we work pro bono the project is run entirely free of administrative overheads. Our minimalist target is £80,000 but we hope to hit at least £100,000.

Please help us by donating and spreading the word.  It would be wonderful if even a small charity such as IMET2000 could help save lives in Palestine.

Colin Green

Emeritus Professor of Surgery, University College London,
UNESCO Chair and Academician in the Ukraine National Academy of Sciences,
Founder, Director of Overseas Development and Treasurer, IMET2000


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