Our Mission

Our Mission

St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital Group transforms lives by saving sight in the world’s most unique region facing decades of conflict resulting in the poorest people lacking the basic privileges of ordinary life.

We are the oldest and only charitable provider of expert eye care in the Middle East and have clinics in the West Bank, Gaza, and Jerusalem treating patients regardless of ethnicity, religion or the ability to pay.

Our main hospital in East Jerusalem has been operating for over 137 years. The hospital is the main provider of eye care for Palestinians in East Jerusalem, and sees many of the most complex eye cases from across the oPt, which are referred to us from medical centres across the West Bank and Gaza. As it is the only charitable provider of eye care, the importance of the hospital for the region cannot be overstated.

St John Eye Hospital has a large outpatients department, specialist eye units, operating theatres and 24-hour eye emergency services.

Our facilities are internationally recognised as operating to the highest standards. St John Eye Hospital recently became the first Palestinian hospital to be awarded the three-year Joint Commission International (JCI) accreditation. JCI is a US-based organisation that has established patient safety and quality service standards for health facilities worldwide.

With high rates of poverty in the region, it is essential that we continue to make our services available to all.

One day at St John Eye Hospital

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