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2017 Shortlist | St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital

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St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital

Shortlist – Improving Impact – charities with 26+ paid staff


Who they are

St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital is the only charitable provider of expert eye care in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem, treating patients regardless of ethnicity, religion or ability to pay.

What they’ve achieved

In 2015 St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital treated around 128,000 patients, and carried out 4,300 surgeries. In recent years SJEHG has increased surgical capacity in Jerusalem, and opened new premises in Hebron and Gaza. Consequently there has been a steady increase in patients treated and operations undertaken. Providing a second vehicle upped the reach of the Mobile Outreach Programme by 50%, to 16,700 people.

An ambitious five-year plan and a supportive board have inspired St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital to increase the level of care it provides in this troubled region. The charity is set to achieve 99% of its strategic goals by the end of 2017, related to everything from expanding clinical services to developing a research unit.

At the heart of the charity’s work are the patients it treats. Patient numbers rose from 114,000 in 2012 to 128,000 in 2015 – proof of its growing impact.

Meanwhile, the charity has developed a Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Programme, which has screened 44,500 patients. Gaza is not an easy place in which to operate – but the charity’s persistence and contacts have enabled them to obtain the necessary permits and access. The sheer volume of contact is impressive in such difficult places.

The judges were impressed by the trustees’ leverage of international contacts to support their development and improvement – for instance through external audits. The board is actively involved, through sub-committees, in driving improvements in care and reach.


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