On Passover day, on emergency basis, a baby boy arrived from Bethlehem with a very severe tetralogy of Fallot which was not improved by Prostine, the saturation in oxygen was only 25%. The baby was very cyanotic. He underwent surgey the same day with a total repair of his cardiopathy. 3 days later he is doing fine.
Building on previous experience of transferring knowledge, A Heart for Peace is presently discussing with an hospital of the West Bank to train nurses to intensive care, care unit and surgery rooms.
January and February 2013 news
First the children :
Aldready 474 children underwent surgery. This year we shall celebrate the fifth hundred Palestinian child undergoing surgery. It will be around June as 474 children have already undergone surgery and more and more children are diagnosed and taken care. All your ideas are welcome to make this a big event in Paris, Strasbourg and hopefully Marseille.
Few weeks ago, we informed you of a pregnant lady with a baby who unfortunately had severe congenital cardiac diseases such as transposition of large vessels and inter ventricular communication. The first letter of her husband Saif is already on the web site.
We are extremely happy to let you know that as planed, the mother came to deliver at Hadassah, and immediately after, her son Saleh which means a good man underwent surgery. After 33 days at Hadassah, Saleh was feeling well enough to go back home.
Saif sent us photos of his son taken few minutes afterdelivery, the first bottle, the visit of the grand parents, the smile of the mother when Saleh is in his trolley ready to go back home.
Saif writes to let us know how surprise he is his son got such a good care and not only his son but how his whole family was taken care even if he had a negative image of the Israelis. As I did not intend to get into a sad contest on the number of Palestinian who left their place in 1948 versus the number of Jews who were expelled from Arabic countries, we both decided to look at the future and Saif offered to help usto communicate in his environment. The exchange of mails is alsoon the Web The state of the art Palestinian cardiologic center in Ramallah is doing fine with over 200 children taken care. Among them 24 were refered to Hadassah for surgery. This center fulfills a need for the families willing to have their children treated close to their home.
Dr El Lahham continues to train GPs to the need of early diagnosis for congenital cardiopathy and 50 GPs more were trained. Total to date 206 GPs trained.
A Heart for Peace is considering opening a second center in another city in the West Bank. We shall keep you in the loop.
A Heart for Pace is growing : A Heart for Peace is developing partnership with a Palestinian association A Beating Heart. This partnership is the proof of our strong commitment to transfer knowledge and operations, to build long lasting partnerships to address local needs. His president is a lawyer Mr Imad Abu Ata.
We shall keep you aware of the upcoming programs we are going to develop together.
A Heart for Peace is also growing by opening association in Alsace. His members are Mrs Esther Sittler Senator of Bas Rhin, professor Nizan, Lucie Bloch, Olivier Richard Mollard, Nadia Aubin Directrice du Forum Européen de Bioéthique- Journaliste de strasbourg, (Alsace), Isabelle Strauss, Jean-Luc Fournier.
A press conference has aleady taken place hosted by Mrs Fischer , number 2 of Alsace region.
The opening of the association Un Cœur pour la Paix Midi should happen shortly. We shall keep you updated.
In March A Heart for Peace is invited to a debate in Caen at the University of Pharmacy.
A school in Saint Etienne organized a debate around T Binisti moovie A bottle in the sea and A heart for Peace documentary. We shall have the opportunity to come back with more details.
The city of Clichy with Danielle Rippert its energetic Mayor for culture and sport and all her team are always supporting A Heart for Peace. This year we shall develop together solidarity actions. The goal : expose young people to international solidarity and get ride of misconceptions.
December 2012 news
Great success of the Ceremony which was held within the theatre « Le Vieux Colombier » on Monday, December 10, 2012, during which the organization chaired by Reader’ S Digest awarded us a prize of 1000.00 €uros. The ceremony proceeded in the presence of Véronique Jannot, the godmother and Yves Duteil, the Honorary president. Evening agreeably animated by the persons in charge of the Chain of the Heart.
Association “a Heart for Peace”: a large heart like that!
He is called Saïf and lives in Palestine, in Ramallah. All he dreamed collapsed when a serious cardiac malformation able to be fatal was diagnosed with its baby. But thanks to association a Heart for Peace, his child will be neat free at the Hadassah hospital of Jerusalem. The child of Saïf will join thus the most 400 children of the West Bank and Gaza looked thanks to a Heart for Peace since the creation of the association in May 2005.
November 2012 news
Plasse company funds the surgery of a Palestinien Child.
Put closer Israeli and Palestinian people, Saif’s letter and Pr Rein answer are the living proof. Take the time to read it, it is so moving. We shall keep you updated.
Launch of A Heart for Peace Alsace at a press conference with the presence of Esther Sittler, Senator member of Bas Rhin, of Mrs Fischer Vice President of the region Alsace, of Professor Israël Nisand, in charge of the department of obstetric and gynecology of the university hospital in Strasbourg. A Heart for Peace Alsace will organize actions in 2013, among them a conference on February 6th. The theme will be: Medicine a tools to rebuild dialogue. This conference will follow the one which will be held the day before at the Senate under the auspices of the Senator Esther Sittler. Presentation of A Heart for Peace accomplishments at the invitation of France Israel in Reims ( cf. Article of C. Frey in the newspaper L’Union, L’Ardennais on November 17th).
Presentation also in front of the Rotary Savigny Val d’Orge group in Massy.A remarkable conference during which the Val d’Orge Club has transferred the entirety of the benefit to our association. Many thanks to this club and its President Marie-Ange Domisse. Thanks also to the « Républicain de l’ Essonne » which have agreed to report this splendid conference of Doctor Muriel Haïm on the association “A Heart for Peace”.
October 2012 news
This year again the LEEM, the pharmaceutical industry organization, supported the surgery of one child. Bettencourt Schueller foundation supports this year again the surgeries of 4 children and one support group of Palestinian and Israeli mothers
3 original ideas to save children
- 2 friends Beatrice and Jean Rene invited their friends to a party with one goal: save a child by raising 7000 euros. They organized an auction with, among other things, a gold fish, free hair cuts…and an adolescent gave to the auction his preferred tee shirt signed by his favorite soccer team… At the end of the day 7000 euros were raised - a Belgium couple is getting married and decided to share their happiness by saving a child life. The requested their friends to send their gift to A Heart for Peace - a young lawyer Ophelia pleads at the humanitarian pleas organized alternatively at Caen memorial and at Al Qods University near Jerusalem. The theme of her plea wasthe exploitation of young children in cacao fields. During her visit at Hadassah hospital, visiting A Heart for Peace program, Ophelia announces that she had been looking for an association to support and that she found it. It was a moment of intense emotion. Thanks to Ophelia, a little child Salim will be saved. Photo de Salim Boualem Sansal story, characterized by his generosity came to an end on October 4th at the National Assembly in presence of Mrs E Sittler, Senate member , Francois Zimeray, ambassador of Human rights
Ceremony at the National Assembly
Many people on 4th October to congratulate Boualem Sansal and be part of the initiation of the group of the writers for dialogue and freedom. List up to November 1st of the writers of this groupAit Mohamed Salima Autre Temps Anfray Clélia Gallimard Ansermoz Jean-Pascal Edtions BoD Autin-Grenier Pierre Galimard Barlet Franz Galimard Basse Pierre-Louis Robert Laffont Belaskri Yahia Vent d’ailleurs Benmalek Anouar Fayard Blondel Jean-Philippe Buchet Chastel Bourgeyx Claude Le Seuil Braester Marlena Caractères Brient Véronique Honoré Champion Carton-Jankielewicz Virginie Grasset Cattan Olivia Ramsay Clément Catherine Le Seuil Dantzig Charles Grasset De Turckeim Emilie Eloïse d’Ormesson Dyens Dominique Eloïse D’Ormesson Enthoven Raphaël Gallimard Fabre Dominique L’Olivier Farnel Joseph Denoël Fitoussi Michèle Grasset Fourchard Benoît Dragonne Gacond Dejean Progrès 81 Gattégno Jean-Pierre Calman-Lévy Laclavetine Jean-Marie Gallimard Lafon Marie-Hélène Galimard Le Coz Martine Michalon Mabanckou Alain Fayard Mamou Yves Léo Sheer Martin Frédérique Belfond Mattern Jean Sabine Wespieser Meyer Shmuel Thierry Gallimard Minière Isabelle Le Dilettante Moati Nine Balland Mukasonga Scholastique Gallimard Nathan Tobie Grasset Nikitine Ivan Gros Textes Orner Esther Metropolis (Suisse) Paravel Dominique Serge Safran Perry-Salkow Jacques Flammarion Petersen Pia Actes Sud Pétrès Danièle De Noël Raczymow Henri Gallimard Richioud Laurent S.Million Rozen Anna Le Dillettante Rubinstein Marianne Albin Michel Schneck Colombe Grasset Siguret Catherine Albin Michel Silber Antoine Denoël Tarnero Jacques Armand Colin Urien Emmanuelle Denoël Vladimir Eric Robert Laffont Villard Marc Rivages Waliszek Astrid Grasset Werndorfer Gilbert Fayard Wengow Rebecca BSC Zalberg Carole Actes Sud Zelada Leo Aebius Zenatti Valérie L’école des Loisirs
David Grossman and Boualem Sansal together at the European council to launch the call for freedom in the world.
Call for freedom on October 6th by David Grossman and Boualem Sansal
The call for peace, launched on October 6th, from the city hall of Strasbourg by David Grossman and Boualem Sansal, has been one of the most important event of the first worldwide forum for democracy, which is an historical moment in the history of Strasbourg.
The 20th century saw the powers of the Old Continent, inflamed by nationalisms and colonial greediness, plunge the world twice in the most monstrous wars. With the Shoah, which will forever remain painful and indelible in our memories, humanity reached the extreme limit of barbarity. From Yalta, in February 1945, until the fall of the Berlin Wall, in November 1989, the world was caught in a Cold War between East and West that made humanity live under the constant threat of a nuclear catastrophy. InCuba, in October 1962, exactly 50 years ago, the missiles were indeed armed and the countdown was launched. This century that witnessed all the evil and the worst of threats, finally saw the light and managed to start a long journey towards peace. The Franco-German reconciliation was an essential step for this; it opened the way for European construction and thereby the strengthening of a peace process in the world. In this move, writers were among the first and the most committed. Some of them are among the signatories of this appeal; they were involved in these historic events that revived hope. We would like to particularly welcome them. But the peace project involved only the West. We had forgotten about the rest of the world, the dozens of countries gathered at the periphery, which yet accounted for more than four-fifths of the world population, delivered to underdevelopment and dictatorships. Because peace was not for all, it could not be sustainable. And here we are again faced with immense dangers. Pollution and global warming may soon destroy as much as the nuclear storm threatened to do in the old terror scheme. Poverty, disease, endemic delinquency will take care of the rest. Terrorism, a shocking novelty at this scale, advances at an appalling speed; and the ideologies that feed it attain new ways, in particular through the instrumentalisation of religions to serve political purposes. The developments in some countries make us fear the worst. Barbarian fundamentalism rooted in TalibanAfghanistanhas continued to expand and cause backlash in states of quasi-war in the rest of the world. Spots of tension multiply, in particular in Africa, and the pockets of radical Islamism that develop in many Arab and Muslim countries, and even in democratic countries far from the epicentre, threat to spread all over the world. Already now, basic values such as freedom of religion and of conscience are in danger. Faced with this, the international community remains incredibly inefficient.Americaand Europe dither,RussiaandChinapractice blocking, thus paralysing any possible action from the United-Nations. The “Arab Spring” has created hopes and opportunities, especially as regards democratisation, but has also unleashed enormous internal tensions in the Arab and Muslim countries, which keep worsening and pushing towards extremism. The emergence of very organized Islamist parties, with heavily armed militias, and their coming to power in these countries are a sign of the movement towards fundamentalism. In the looming chaos,Iranaccelerates its nuclear programme to achieve its hegemonic pretensions on a political, military and religious level, and Arab countries in the region might be driven to follow a similar path. In this context, Israel is more directly threatened than ever. Faced with a complex and dangerous situation, it might be tempted to act alone. The decision to strikeIranis on the table, even if by doing soIsraelmight find itself on the edge of existential danger. The already fragile situation in theMiddle Eastwill deteriorate. Once again, the peace-loving Palestinians and Israelis will pay for the pursuit of interests they are not a part of. Israel maintains the Palestinians under occupation for more than 45 years, and this inhuman and immoral situation must stop. Both sides are putting unrealistic conditions to resume negotiations, and meanwhile the Israeli government is building more and more settlements, which prevent achieving sustainable peace. We urge both parties to enter immediately into sincere and serious negotiations. The present blockage endangers peace in the region and in the world. It is urgent that the international community intervenes firmly to bring the Iranian nuclear programme under control and steadily commits to the resolution of the Israel-Palestine conflict, pushing the parties to immediately establish a true direct dialogue, leading as soon as possible to the creation of a Palestinian state next to the State of Israel, both with secure borders, on the basis of painful compromises for both parts though necessary for peace, such as the abandonment of settlements or their exchange against land, the renouncement to the right of return of the 1948 refugees, the sharing of Jerusalem. This is still – but maybe not for long – a possible solution and there are men and women on both sides capable of achieving it. Let us help them do so. In Syria, the Arab Spring has resulted in a crisis of exceptional severity, which threatens the country itself and its people’s very existence. Al-Assad’s regime is methodically killing his people. Sixteen months – and almost 30.000 deaths – after the start of the Syrian revolution, he continues his crimes in complete tranquillity, encouraged firstly byIran,RussiaandChina, and secondly by the hesitations and procrastination of the international community. Human consciousness will long remember the aftermath of this tragedy. Against this background, we writers are signing our commitment to peace and declaring the following :
- Peace is a common and irreplaceable good and its defence is a common obligation. By making it everyone’s affair, we can prevent that the global peace we strive for may end-up being the peace for some at the cost of others.
- Writers have their part in this fight and we hereby express our determination to take it firmly and objectively. We urge all writers in the world to join us. Together, we can influence decision makers and public opinion and thereby also the course of events, ensuring that the values of peace are strengthened throughout the world. Our methods in this fight are literature, debate and vigilance. Maybe it is not much, but it is our way of maintaining our dignity in a world of violence and cynicism.
- The global gathering of writers for peace is not a political party and does not intend to interfere in the internal political affairs of a specific country. This is each one’s affair according to his or her own personal convictions and commitments. However, peace and the values that underpin it – human rights, democracy and culture – are not only internal affairs : they are universal. This is why the gathering will express itself on these issues. It will do so without concession. Here is its scope; there is its line.
- The gathering works as a network, as wide as possible. It will provide itself a secretariat to optimize the flow of information among its members and the organization of its actions. Every two years, it will appoint a “primus inter pares” to represent the gathering and manage its activities.
- The gathering will, as soon as possible, set up working groups to formulate proposals – and develop actions – for addressing the most urgent situations.
- The gathering will seek all possible synergies with national and international organizations for which peace and culture are the missions.
Strasbourg, 11 October 2012
Tours. The association Peace now which fights for peace between Israeli and Palestinian organized in partnership with movie studio the projection of the movie A botttle in the sea by the film maker T Binisti based upon Valerie Zenatti book “ A bottle in Gaza sea” A the end of the projection, a fruitful dialogue took place between the film maker, the writer and the adolescents.
Captivated, asking many questions those adolescents have been moved by the authentical relationship between Naim and Tal. Metaphora of what could happen in the next future between Israeli and Palestinian people.
Septembre 2012 News
News of the children:
440 operated children, the last comes from Hebron, it is Mohamed a 35 day old baby who had just been operated and who waked up. Its mom started to feel reassured because her son smiled. Woel which finished its formation, works 2 days per week with Hadassah and the other days at the hospital Saint-Joseph. Ouda began its Holter formation and ECG.
Two key periods:
1 – The unveiling of the center of cardiology of Ramallah on October 21st, 2012. 2 – A televised report of France3 Hélène Maman, a journalist of France 3 PACA, went to Ramallah in the center cardiology to make a report. She then went to the Hadassah hospital where she filmed a cardiac intervention: a catheterization (operation in closed heart). She interviewed not only families of children who had been operated but also the children who should be in the next days. She met Dr. Gavries and Pr Rein. The report will be diffused in the 2 months to come.
Hélène Maman and her cameraman (France3) Hélène Maman in the center beside Fabrice Lévy and Maya medical secretary Fabice Lévy, Dr.Gavries, Hélène Maman and ameraman Fred
July 2012 news
Two members of Ile de France region went to Hadassah hospital to better understand the reality of the program. Doctor Gavri explained it to them and made a tour in the department. Ile de France region had financed the training to echocardiography for a Palestinian physician 3 years ago. Mifran foundation supports A Heart for Peace; those funds will pay for a meeting between Israeli and Palestinian mothers and their children. Limoges pilgrims went to Hadassah in 2012, met with Pr. Rein and visited the cardiology pediatric department. Father Dubois plans to go back in 2013, an appointment has already been set up.
Boualem Sansal, prix du roman arabe, récompensé par un mystérieux donateur
Par Camille Poirier et Laurent Martinet (LEXPRESS.fr), publié le
L’auteur algérien Boualem Sansal, privé du Prix du roman arabe en juin dernier pour s’être rendu en Israël, devrait recevoir 15000 euros de la part d’un mystérieux donateur suisse. Alors que Boualem Sansal devait recevoir mardi 6 juin dernier le Prix du roman arabe pour Rue Darwin, le conseil des ambassadeurs arabes en France, mécène du Prix, avait brutalement refusé de lui remettre cette récompense et les 15 000 euros qui l’accompagnaient. Selon Olivier Poivre d’Arvor, membre du jury, leur réaction visait à sanctionner l’auteur, qui s’était rendu au festival international des écrivains de Jérusalem du 13 au 16 mai 2012. Le jury du Prix du roman arabe a fini par rompre avec ses mécènes et par décerner son prix à l’auteur de Rue Darwin, jeudi 21 juin, chez son éditeur Gallimard. Selon Libération, un mystérieux donateur suisse aurait remis 10000 euros à Boualem Sansal afin de compenser les 15000 euros manquants. L’écrivain a salué ce geste « grandiose », mais a décidé de reverser la somme à l’association « Un coeur pour la paix » qui regroupe des médecins français, palestiniens et israéliens oeuvrant à soigner des enfants palestiniens malades du coeur. Au mois de septembre, un collectif d’écrivains devrait remettre le chèque à l’auteur, au nom du mystérieux donateur. De qui peut-il s’agir ? « Il ne fait pas partie du milieu de la littérature, a confié un de ses proches à Libération. « Il aime beaucoup les livres de Boualem Sansal, notamment Le Village de l’Allemand. Quand il a vu qu’on voulait le priver de ce prix, ça l’a rendu furieux, il a eu le sentiment d’une injustice ». Contacté par LEXPRESS.fr, Boualem Sansal confirme la donation et souhaite que cette initiative serve « la paix, donc la justice et l’honneur. » Il espère même que le conseil des ambassadeurs s’y associera afin de sauver le prix du roman arabe. Une perspective malheureusement douteuse.
15 000 euros
D’après l’écrivain israélien Schmuel T. Meyer, membre du collectif d’écrivains qui se destine à honorer une nouvelle fois Boualem Sansal en septembre, la donation s’élève à 15 000 euros, et non à 10 000 comme l’indiquait Libération. Elle équivaut ainsi à celle prévue à l’origine par le conseil des ambassadeurs arabes. Le collectif se compose par ailleurs de Pia Petersen, Carole Zalberg , Isabelle Minière, Danièle Pétrès, Dominique Dyens, Esther Orner, Marlena Braester, Jean Marie Laclavetine, Jean Mattern, Pierre Autin-Grenier, Jean-Pierre Gattégno, Dejan Gacond et Antoine Silber. Le chèque sera directement remis par Boualem Sansal et le collectif à l’association Un coeur pour la Paix.
June 2012 news
434 Palestinian children who underwent surgery.
Mohamed is born on October 24th 2011 in Hebron. Since his birth, he is cyanotic and suffers from cardiac insufficiency. Dr Nael El Laham, was called on an emergency basis and diagnosed a complex cardiac malformation. Being 10 weeks old, Mohamed comes to Hadassah for his first cardiac surgery. The surgery went fine but 2 weeks later, when Mohamed was ready to go back home, he developed an endocarditis. Mohamed undergoes again surgery on an emergency basis, and recovers rapidly after this second intervention. Nevertheless, Mohamed will need a third intervention to repair the aortic valve which did not worked properly and put the life of the baby at risk. Mohamed recovered from this extremely complex surgery (repair of truncal valve). At only few months old, Mohamed underwent 3 times heart surgery and has spent more than 3 months in pediatric intensive care unit. Is is now an old story, as Mohamed has fully recovered and is ready to go back to Hebron with his mother.
The Concert by Yannick Noah
A wonderful concert by Yannick Noah in partnership with the city of Clichy Over 600 people gathered around Yannick Noah to celebrate and support a Heart for Peace. An unforgettable evening full of joy and happiness. A big thank you to Yannick, his musicians and his technicians. A big thank you also to the city of Clichy, his mayor and his teams in charge of sport and youth who worked endlessly to make this concert a big success of solidarity. 3500 miles away, thanks to this concert, children will be taken care. Magic mix of music, medicine and solidarity.
The price of Grand Rabbi Joseph Cohen
A Heart for Peace is proud to have received for the second time the award from Chief Rabbi Joseph Cohen. The foundation supports initiatives aiming at developing israelo plalestinian dialogue. The foundation of the « Price Grand Rabbi Joseph Cohen » chaired by Mr. Michel Cohen-Colin honored and encouraged the approaches in favor of the approximation and dialog of the arab-israeli conflict. The winners 2004: Beit Ham ( « The enchanted home » at the service of disadvantaged young people, Jews and Arabs, in Israel); Neveh Shalom/Wahat al-Salam (the Israeli village single or cohabiting of Arabs and Jews and or meet many visitors, conventioneers and students within the framework of its School of peace) ; schools Hand-in-Hand in The Jerusalem and Galilee (or the students follow a bilingual teaching Hebrew-arabic)
New members are joining the association:
And Mrs Isabelle Strasse.
Many articles in regional press:
A Heart for Peace
During a private trip with our friends De Guillebon who were willing to discover Israel and particularly Jerusalem, we had to go to Hadassah hospital; it is Hadassah which receives the donations you are generous enough to give to this association. We have been welcome by Prof. Jean-Jacques Rein, head of department of pediatric cardiology, who is the ‘hand which cures” of A Heart for Peace. Local action: Overheads 1% Sponsoring for 50% of the cost of hospitalization for a child and his mother total cost 14000 euros “Hadassah hospital has been created in 1912” explains Prof. Rein. Its philosophy has always been to take care of every patient whatever his nationality or religion.” Since 2005, every week, one Palestinian child undergoes heart surgery. Over 430 today The association trains Palestinian physicians locally. We are against the fact that physicians come to perform surgery and leave, says Prof. Rein, our modus operandi is to develop competencies locally where they are needed” In the coming months, a Palestinian physician trained at Hadassah will begin working in a brand new cardiologic center which will be opened in Ramallah in the West bank. The objective is that this center will become independent within 3 years and will develop local medical expertise the association provides material. For the children: a pediatric department, decorated with animals in order to create a warm environment for the children A gymnasium and a school for the children to be able to keep up with their educational program when hospitalized. Meetings and events organized to promote contacts between Israeli and Palestinian mothers. 12 brand new intensive care unit rooms will open with bed for the mother For Dr. Muriel Haïm, president founder of A Heart for Peace “the goal of our association is to disappear, that will mean that we fully achieved the transfer of knowledge. Meanwhile, other projects are being evaluated because M Haim has only one wish: save the children and put together those people Let’s go back to Pr. Rein A great man, physically as mentally A bearded giant, his hand is strong but open in a sign of fraternity. I imagine the babies and little children he saves their life. His warm eyes and his warmth make them feel rapidly secure as well as their mother This great man, who is so busy, was humble enough to apologize when he had to leave us to go the surgery room! He has the simplicity of the bright people! He is one of those men whose profession is their passion. He is committed to the people. Cure children without any difference due to race, origin or religion and believe and participate in putting closer people for the Peace of the world. Isabelle, communication manager summarized in one sentences the spirit of Hadassah members in general of particularly of Pr rein:
Here disease is the sole enemy
Saint-Aubin, a city which supports us since many year, its mayor Mr. de Guillebon and one supporter Mr. A. Aumaître went in Hadassah to understand the program by themselves with their spouses. They met with Pr. Rein. A big thank you from the children to whom they gave toys. In Conclusion I thank Saint-Aubin city and all of you generous donors who were generous during the Village event. You will have understood that your donations are only and completely used to support a noble cause.
May 2012 news
First the children with 423 Palestinian children who underwent surgery.
Here is Mohamed and his mum. Mohamed has already spent few days at Hadassah. He underwent surgery a week ago and now with his mum Zoha , he is waiting to fully recover before going back home in Hebron.
The center in Ramallah
We are moving on the project of a cardiology center in Ramallah, soon we should be signing the contract and the opening should take place in October.
The city of Saint Aubin supports the program. This year also, we received 1000 euros. The city is a long lasting friend of A Heart for Peace and very involved in humanitarian actions. Roche laboratory : once more this year, Roche laboratory supports one child intervention. Since 5 years, Roche laboratory has been very involved with <a heart for Peace program.
The inter country committee France Israel of Rotary international represented by its chairman Mariane Fraenkel and its vice president André Added with a magnificent vocal group Viva Vocce specialized in baroque singing have organized a wonderful concert in an antique church in Perigueux. It has been an incredible evening full of pleasure and emotion. The participants were extremely generous and A Heart for peace received 2500 euros.
Meeting at Clichy city hall with the mayor of Beit Sahour, a small town near Bethlehem and with the director of the future hospital/ we discussed about the potential training to echocardiography and catheterism for 2 physicians.
12 Articles in the press as a result of the Concert of Perigueux
(18/05/12 Valérie Desfrançois) Articles: Courrier Français, May 18, 2012 Sud Ouest, May 12,2012 L’Echo Dordogne, May 9, 2012 Sud Ouest (Grand Périgueux), May 5, 2012 Réussir le Périgord, May 4, 2012 Dordogne Libre (Votre week‐end), May 5, 2012 Courrier Français, May 4, 2012 Sud Ouest (Agenda Sortir), May 4, 2012 L’Echo Dordogne, May 2,2012 Dordogne Libre, April 30, 2012 Sud Ouest (Grand Périgueux), April 28, 2012 Journal du Périgord, May/June 2012
Dr. Gerard Lambert of the L. E. N. has addressed this MEDICAL video made from the interview of Madam Muriel Haim and the film, which was been transmitted to him. To see the video, please click on the following link: https://rcpt.yousendit.com/1519858143/0b58a60351a6b396dc1cef7fed5b9c5a
April 2012 news
Today, 419 Palestinian children underwent surgery free of charge at Israeli Hadassah hospital performed by mixed team and Israeli and Palestinian physicians. The last child is a baby girl. Leila was few days old when she came from Bethlehem for an intra-auricular communication. With her close heart surgery, no need for respiratory rehabilitation, no scare and an infectious risk reduced at a minimum level. Leila is now back home in a very good health.
A Heart for Peace has been invited to present its activities at Cartooning for Peace manifestation. Cartooning for peace is an international organization created few years ago by Plantu. Cartooning for Peace in partnership with the Memorial of Caen holds an annual manifestation when cartoonists from all over the world meet for fruitful exchanges.
Cartooning for Peace
A Heart for Peace in the press
Meeting with Muriel Haim
Thanks to our partnership with Reader’s Digest, the Channel of Heart was able to meet Muriel Haim. 6 years ago she created the association « A Heart for Peace » to allow the Palestinian children to undergo heart surgery in Israel . In the long term, the objective would be to create adequate structures so that children can be taken care at home, in Palestine. « A Heart for Peace » is also a means of promoting the linkages between families and the physicians Palestinians and Israelis. Since 2005, more than 400 children could be operated. See the video on the site of « The Channel of Heart » of April 2012 by clicking on the following link: http://www.lachaineducoeur.fr/web_tv/rencontre-avec-muriel-haim Find the article on Muriel Haim in kiosk in the last number of Selection Reader’s Digest or on their website, by clicking here: http://www.selectionclic.com/solidarite-coeur-a-coeur-6063
In charge in the drug industrial company, this Jewish doctor helps and gives assistance to cardiac operations for Palestinian children.On April 19th, 2012 at 19:06
“In May 2005, during a trip of the Association of the doctors Jews from France to Jerusalem, Muriel Haïm discovers the work of professor Jean-Jacques Rein. This one, at the head of the pediatric service of cardiology of the Hadassah hospital, perform surgery for children suffering from congenital cardiopathy, whatever their nationality and their origin. But the needs are enormous: important consanguinity in the West Bank and in Gaza makes that each year, at least 300 Palestinian children are born with cardiac malformations (three times more than in the general population). Jean-Jacques Rein needs money to operate at least 50 children moreover each year and to train Palestinian doctors. An operation costs between 12.000 and 14.000 euros. Muriel Haïm created the association A Heart for Peace to finance surgery. “It is necessary to create territories to speak to each other . “Medicine is one of these territories”, said the one who is from now on director of communications and public affairs of the laboratories Boehringer Ingelheim. And then, as Dr. Haïm remembers Alexandra, she adds: “That will not change the world. But it goes in the right direction.”Extract of the article of EDOUARD LAUNET published on April 20th, 2012 Following the meeting of the Senate the Telegramme.com publishes in date of May 11, 2012 the following article:
A Heart of Peace, stretching a hand?March 14, 2012 Woel Farrah is an echocardiographist in the West Bank. For the first time in his life, few days ago, he left his land for a trip to France. He joined a meeting of the association, A Heart for Peace, which presented its 6 year achievement at a symposium held in the Senat,. The association participates in the financing of surgical interventions for small Palestinian children suffering from congenital heart diseases at Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem. The association also trains Palestinian physicians as Woel Farrah. This « hand stretched out to peace » will allow Palestinian people to get their independence in the screening and even the prevention of those pathologies. “ Hadassah hospital was established in 1912, » explained Pr. Jean-Jacques Rein, head of the department of pediatric cardiology. « Its philosophy has always been to take care of all the patients, regardless of their nationality and religion. With the association, we are in this philosophy “. A Heart for Peace is an French association, which cofounds the surgeries for these young Palestinians. They undergo surgery in Jerusalem, by Israeli doctors. However, the association also trains local doctors, at Hadassah hospital. « We are opposed to the fact that physician come to perform surgery and then go back home » continues Jean-Jacques Rein. « Our way to proceed is to develop skills where they are located. Dr Woel Farrah in is an emblematic exemple. In the months to come, he wil begin to work in a new center of pediatric cardiology for screening and treatment, opened in the West Bank. Privileged witness of these achievements, Pr. Alain Grimfeld, president of the national advisory committee on ethics (CCNE), is very respectful of the work done. « A Heart for Peace puts into practice the foundations of the ethics of the sciences of life and health. Namely the charity, justice, autonomy that It confers to children – and the solidarity of course. “This is an example to imitate and to promote “, he explained. For the Dr. Muriel Haïm, president and founder of A Heart for Peace, « the goal is that our association disappears. It will mean that we have fully succeeded in the transfer of knowledge ». In the meantime, to learn more about this association and to send donations, go on www.uncoeurpourlapaix.org/fr/
A benefit concert
for « A Heart for Peace »
The France-Israel association, the alliance General Koenig of Dijon has organized a concert of David Serero for the benefit of the association, A Heart for Peace.
The France-Israel association, the goal of which is « to make known the truths of Israel » is particularly active in Dijon. Its President Monique Thébault, among her many actions (we remember the booths in the city for Guilad Shalit), wants to help « a heart for Peace » and organized, before Pessah, a unique charitable concert, with the young and talented opera singer, the baritone David Serero. The association, A Heart for Peace, established in 2005 by Dr. Muriel Haïm and Professor Rein, head of service in pediatric cardiology at Hadassah hospital in Jerusalem, has for purpose, beyond saving the lives of children, « to bring closer the Palestinian and Israeli peoples by the actions of health and education. Each week, a Palestinian child suffering from congenital heart disease undergoes surgery at Hadassah performed by Israeli and Palestinians physicians”. David Serero accompanied by his pianist virtuoso David Lehman, has already given more than 500 concerts in the world. In larger audience, certainly, but also, as he explains in an interview in the local newspaper “Le Bien Public » in each country or I played, I am trying to stop in a hospital for children in order to offer them with a concert ». That evening, in the former chapel of the Lycée Carnot of Dijon, in the presence of officials of the town and the regional council, opera, Broadway songs and music of the world made the spectators delighted. With all of his talent, but also with all his heart, the singer was able to communicate to this assembly his solidarity with « A Heart for Peace ». Laurence NGUYEN
March 2012 news
The children-The center of pediatric cardiology in Ramallah is moving fine-Many visits for A Heart for peace in Hadassah-David Serero, a wonderful evening-Yannick Noah will sing to support A Heart for Peace- Opening soon an office in Strasbourg. A Heart for Peace in the press. The children Over 405 Palestinian children underwent surgery, recently Noam also came from the West Bank to undergo surgery. Noam suffered from a very severe congenital cardiopathy. Today Noam is fine and back home in the West Bank. D.M was born at Yata (near Hebron, west bank) on 27/9/2011 after uneventful l gestation and delivery with a normal birth weight of 3.240 Kg. At 3 days of age, he was referred to Yata Hospital with jaundice and difficulty of breathing. A heart murmur was noticed and Dr Nael El Laham who was called upon to examine the baby found severe narrowing of the aortic valve (which convey blood from the heart main chamber to the body) and severely reduced cardiac function. He was referred to the Islamic Makased hospital of Jerusalem for urgent balloon dilation of the valve which was unsuccessful. The baby was then returned to Yata hospital where his breathing difficulty and heart failure increased to such a point that he was again hospitalized at the Palestinian Red Crescent Hospital of Jerusalem to be finally transferred at Hadassah at the age of 3 months. Echo performed at his arrival in Hadassah’s pediatric intensive care unit showed a poorly contracting left ventricle with severe narrowing of the aortic valve. Due to his critical condition we immediately performed percutaneous balloon dilation of this narrowed valve which resulted in relief of the pressure gradient through the valve with immediate improvement of the heart function. Six days later, D.M. was discharged home (Yata village) in good condition. Since then, he is doing extremely well, thriving and developing normally, as assessed by by Dr Nael El Laham’s follow-up.Crédit des photos : Avi Hayun The Center of pediatric cardiology in RamallahWe are get close to our goal, the project is doing fine and we are confident that the center will open fourth quarter 2012. The palestinian team will be able to take care of all the children suffering from congenital cardiopathy from the North of the West Bank.
Visits in HadassahAs there is nothing better than face to face visit to understand what is really going on in the field, 6 French Parliament Members went to Hadassah to meet Pr JJ Rein and understand the different aspects of the program. Picture: Avi Hayun This approach was also the one of a group of 6 former HEC students who went to Hadassah and met Israeli and palestinian health care professionals as well as families. They were hosted by Dr Sami gavri and Isabelle Stroweis.
Last but not least the mayor Saint Aubin, a city which supports A Heart for Peace since many years and one of our strong support Alain Aumaitre , a pintor, came with their spouses to assess A Heart for Peace program. They met with Pr JJ Rein. A big thank you from the children forall the toys they brought.
David serero : A wonderful evening
In Dijon, France Israel association organized a great evening for the benefit of A Heart for Peace. David Serero, a wonderful barytone, electrified the public with his large repertoire from Carmen to Fidler on the roof with his excellent pianist Damien Lehman. David has been able to connect with the public in an incredible way, nobody wanted to leave at the end. With his great generosity, when David is in Israel he goes to Hadassah to sing for the hospitalized children and make them sing with him.
Yannick Noah will sing for the childen on June 23rd at Clichy sur Seine theater. All the team of Clichy city hall is mobilized to make out of this event a wonderful party. Support A Heart for Peace by buying tickets 100 euros, tax relief certificate on 50 euros.
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Soon opening of an office in Strasbourg
A Heart for Peace is expanding by opening an office A Heart for Peace Alsace in Strasbourg. Senatrice Esther Sittler and Pr Nizan, pastor O Richard Mollard among others made us the honour to be part of a Heart for Peace Alsace.
A Heart for Peace in the press
Following the press conference in the Senate in Fevruary,find articles on Femme actuelle and Destination sante( on its website). Following the concert in Dijon, the newspaper Le Bien Public has dedicated a large article to the David concert and his support to a Heart fro Peace. Video: TV5 Monde with David Delos as journaliste and Frantz Vaillant as chied editor interviewed A hear tfor peace in the emission “coup de pouce pour la planete”. This emission has been mentioned by France Palestine Solidarity. Coup de pouce pour la planète: Fondatrice and president of « a Heart for Peace », Muriel Haïm affirms that the health of a child is a cause to be placed beyond all the discords. Each week, this association makes it possible to operate free a Palestinian child reached of cardiac malformations, by mixed teams Israeli and Palestinian doctors. ¶A project which falls under a resolutely humanistic step.Appeared on March 29, 2012 A Heart for Peace is a caritative association which allows each year to the Palestinian children < http://www.aufeminin.com/info-enfant.html > reached cardiac malformations to be made operate at the hospital of Hadassah in Jerusalem.Internet Destination health of March 14, 2012
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A Heart for Peace, a hand which is tightened…[ march 14, 2012 - 09h35]
Woel Farrah is a doctor echocardiographist in the West Bank. For the first time of his life, a few days ago, he left its ground for a voyage in France. He joined a meeting of association there a Heart for the Peace, which presented its assessment of stage at the Senate, after six years of existence. This one which takes part in the financing of surgical operations on small Palestinians reached of cardiac malformations congenital at the Hadassah Hospital of Jerusalem, also trains doctors. And for example Woel Farrah. This « hand tended towards peace » must make it possible the Palestinian populations to conquer their independence in tracking even the prevention of these malformations. « The Hadassah hospital was created in 1912 « , explains us the PR Jean-Jacques Rein, which directs the pediatric service of cardiology from there « Its tradition always was to deal with all the patients, whatever their nationality and their religion. ¶With association, we conform to this pattern. A Heart for Peace is an association of French right, which cofinances the surgical operations from which these young Palestinians profit. They are operated in Jerusalem, by Israeli doctors. However, association trains also local doctors, on place « We are opposed to the fact that doctors come to operate then set out again « , continues Jean-Jacques Rein. “Our way of proceeding, it is to form competences where they are. And where they are missing « .
Surgical operations and transfers of competences
Dr. Woel Farrah is an example emblematic. Besides in the months which come, he will take its functions in a very new center of tracking and treatment in pediatric cardiology, soon open in the West Bank.
Privileged witness of this assessment of stage, Pr Alain Grimfeld, president of the national Consultative Committee of Ethics (CCNE), is very respectful work carried out « a Heart for Peace into practice puts the bases of the ethics of the health and life sciences. Namely the benevolence, justice, autonomy – that it confers to the children – and solidarity of course. It is an example to be imitated, and to promote « , he explained us. For Dr. Muriel Haïm, president-fondatrice of a Heart for Peace, « the goal is that our association disappears. That will mean that we will have quite successfully carried out this transfer of knowledge « . While waiting, to know more about this association and to address gifts, go on www.uncoeurpourlapaix.org/fr/. Source: A Heart for Peace, Paris, February 7, 2012 All in « heart »! Thanks to association a Heart for Peace, 400 small Palestinians reached of cardiac malformation were operated free in Israel by Israeli and Palestinian surgeons. You also can take part (www.uncoeurpourla paix.org). And if peace started in an intensive treatment room where Palestinian and Israeli mothers are very near and close to the bedside of their children? M01188 – March 2012
A Heart for Peace with the Senate HADASSAH (JERUSALEM) To celebrate its six years, association a Heart for Peace is invited to the Senate tomorrow to take stock of stage. Created by doctors of the Hexagon, this French association comes to assistance financially of the Hadassah hospital from Jerusalem, to Israel, to operate free Palestinian children reached of congenital malformations of the heart, Palestine not profiting from a service of cardiac surgery pediatric. The Israeli doctors work in close cooperation with the Palestinian experts of Gaza and of the West Bank. In six years, 400 Palestinian children were thus operated in Hadassah. Association functions with the gifts of the private individuals and the support of the sympathizers.¶Appeared Monday February 6, 2012
A HEART FOR PEACEAssociation wants to bring closer the people Israeli and Palestinian thanks to actions in the fields’ health and education. There are many sick Palestinian children in the West Bank and in Gaza whereas there is no pediatric cardiac surgery (very expensive) on the spot: since 2005, the Hadassah hospital is committed ensuring a half of the financing, very specialized surgical operations, a Heart for Peace finances other half.www.uncoeurpourlapaix.org/. Muriel Haïm is the president of association « a heart for peace « . This French association with no lucrative goal, created in 2006, falls under a resolutely humanistic step. Its goal is to bring closer the Palestinian and Israeli people by actions in the field health and education. « A heart for peace » affirms that: “the health of a child is a cause to be placed beyond all the discords ».Edito:The all small ones initially To overcome skepticism, to balance the prejudices, to whistle the pause of a dirty war to repair and look after the heart of the children, it is the work of Doctor Muriel Haïm. The President of the association « a Heart for Peace » is not woman to be satisfied traversed way. It remains so much to make! In 6 years, with her team and thanks to the work on the spot of the professor Jean-Jacques Rein, it is nearly 400 small Palestinians who were saved. Children originating in the West Bank and Gaza, all reached of a congenital cardiac malformation. As there is no Social security and that the cardiac surgery concerns a very expensive medical specialist, Muriel Haïm multiplies the media interventions. History to sensitize the greatest number with its combat and to carry the voice of her « kids » like she says. Because this humanistic action, of course, is not free. Each operation costs approximately 14 000 euros. The Hadassah hospital in Jerusalem finances of it half, the remainder is with the load of association. The support of the private individuals and the sympathizers brings the essential complement. Muriel Haïm plait itself has to repeat the word of a nurse in intensive treatment room: «here, the enemy, it is the disease ». With the bedside of a sick child, neither political tensions neither hatred nor nothing of other that the hope a cure. All the team of the magazine is proud to receive on its plate a similar lady, which deserved – and ô how much!- famous « Coup de pouce… »F.V Head redactor
News February 2012
Woel Farrah has just completed his training in pediatric echocardiography- A young woman Oudah has just started a course of one year at the electrocardiogram of effort and at the holter- February 7th, A Heart for Peace in the Senate with a press conference and a symposium- a group of pilgrims of Limoges visit Hadassah- A Heart for Peace will open an antenna in Alsace-2 new members join the Committee of honor-David Serrero gives a concert in Dijon for the benefit of A Heart for Peace on March 29. Woel Farrah has just completed his training in pediatric echocardiography
Located in the district of Sheik Jarra, St.Joseph’s hospital was founded in 1954 by the Sisters of Saint Joseph of the Appearance, in order to meet the needs of the population Arab majority. It is the only Catholic hospital of Jerusalem East. The Saint Joseph hospital will open a maternity and should have technicians trained in pediatric echocardiography. It is as well as Woel Farrah echocardiographiste for adult came to train at the pediatric echocardiography at Harassa within the framework of the program of a Heart for Peace. Woel has just completed her training of one year and will go back to work at the Saint Joseph hospital.
A young woman Oudah has just begun one-year training to the electrocardiogram of effort and to the holter.
Oudah has just begun one-year training at the Hadassah hospital in the framework of the training program established by A Heart for Peace. Once formed, she should go to work in Cisjordanie. A Heart for Peace in the Senate with a press conference and a symposium Chaired by the Pr Alain Grimfeld, chairman of the ethics committee of the life sciences, Professor DD Kidney and Woel Farrah have answered the many questions of journalists medical and of the general press. Chaired by Senator Esther Sittler, the symposium: The medicine a way of restoring the dialog, was attended by more than 100 people. Alexandre Adler has done a horizon tour on the Arab spring. Professor JJ Rein presented a review of 2011, Woel explained his action of screening in Cisjordanie as echocardiographiste. M Haim presented the projects for 2012: to support the opening of a cardiac center of tip animated by a Palestinian team, formed by a Heart for peace. This center will be financially self-sufficient in 3 years A group of pilgrims from Limoges visit Hadassah hospital Under the leadership of Father Dubois, a group of 28 pilgrims met the Professor JJ Rein. « We were able to meet the professor Rein in Jerusalem with our 28 pilgrims and those have been very affected by his testimony » said the Father Thierry Dubois. A Heart for Peace will open an antenna in Alsace: We will keep you informed of the members of the Alsatian bureau. 2 New members join the Committee of honor 2 new members joined us to support our effort. Michel Labie chairman of France China Fondation and Patrick Levy Waitz president of PLW holding are part of the Committee of honor of a Heart for Peace. David Serrero supports A Heart for Peace giving a big concert in Dijon on March 29. Reservation with Danièle Paquet at 06 63 14 72 33
NEWS January 2012
405 children underwent surgery – 54 Palestinian general practitioners trained to the necessity to early diagnosis of congenital cardiopathy- Presence at the European congress of cardiology via a booth which has been offered to us- Invitation by France Israel Dijon to present our action- International humanitarian pleadings in Caen, presentation of the association- Noah involved with A Heart for Peace, concert on May 12th at Clichy sur Seine Theatre - Our sponsors
54 Palestinian general practitioners trained to the necessity to early diagnosis of congenital cardiopathy
First group of Palestinian general practitioners to be sensibilized to early diagnosis of congenital cardiopathy. 54 physicians gathered around Dr El Laham to be trained to early diagnosis. At the end of the training, they were able to decide who to be sent to echocardiography.
Presence at the European congress of cardiology via a booth which has been offered to us
For the third year, A Heart for Peace was present during the European congress of cardiology via a booth. The congress was held in Paris at the Palais des Congrès. During 3 days, we had interesting discussions with physicians, many of them coming from Algeria, Marocco and Tunisia. An interesting dialogue which improved the perception of our action and allowed to build strong relationship with those physicians. Thank you to the board of the congress for offering the booth and for this great opportunity.
Yannick Noah involved with A Heart for Peace, concert on June 23rd at Clichy sur Seine Theatre
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Invitation by France Israel Dijon to present our action
Again, we would like to thank all our sponsors. Thanks to them, up to date, 405 Palestinian children underwent surgery free of charge, five Palestinian doctors received scholarship during their training, screening and prevention program were set up, as well as support groups between Israeli and Palestinian mothers, networks of Israeli and Palestinian doctors are organized and genetic counseling consultation was set up. Special thanks to Edwards company who finances surgery for three children. And to Fondation du Grand Orient de France who finances surgery for one child
During the last month, we have been present in the web via a video on cardiologie pratique website and on theheart.org banners during the European Congress of Cardiology.
NEWS December 2011
405 children underwent surgery – A heart for Peace invited at the Senate – Christmas market in Saint-Aubin – Opening a cardiology clinic in Ramallah – Press review – « La vie » in the West-Bank and Israel – Our sponsors
A heart for Peace invited at the Senate
Organization of a symposium at the Senate on February 7th from 6 to 8PM upon invitation from J.P. Plancade, senator of Haute Garonne, with Pr JJ.A. Rein head of department of pediatric cardiology at Hadassah hospital. Pr Rein will present the accomplishment and the 2012 projects, Alexander Adler, Political analyst Theme: “Medecine, a way to retie the threads of dialogue”
Christmas market in Saint-Aubin for the children
Alain Aumaitre, once more this year was present at Saint Aubin Christmas market. With his friends and his wife, paintors as himself, they peint picturessince months to sell them and finance surgery for children. A huge thanks from the whole team.
Opening of a cardiology clinic in Ramallah
A cardiology clinic for children in Ramallah for every child from the North of the West Bank to be able to access state-of-the-art care in cardiology, it is one of our 2012 projects. We are working on this project with Dr El Lahham, cardiologist, who trained with A Heart for Peace. Since 2 years, he works in the West Bank and at Hadassah hospital to screen, diagnose and take care of children suffering from congenital cardiopathy.
Again, we would like to thank all our sponsors. Thanks to them, up to date, 405 Palestinian children underwent surgery free of charge, five Palestinian doctors received scholarship during their training, screening and prevention program were set up, as well as support groups between Israeli and Palestinian mothers, networks of Israeli and Palestinian doctors are organized and genetic counseling consultation was set up. Special thanks to Novalab who finances surgery for a child.
During the last month, we have been present in French and french speaking hebrew lay press with articles in Muse and ptithebedo But also on the television with interviews of Pr Rein at TV5 and france 5. « La vie » in the West-Bank and Israel A journalist went to Israel and to the West Bank, precisely in Hebron, she followed a child Mohamed from the clinic in Hebron till Hadassah hospital where he has been taken care.
NEWS OCTOBER 2011
400 children underwent surgery – Magic afternoon around jack the magician – Article in the magazine Cles – Radio interview on Judaic radio, interview on French TV France 5 – meeting with Pr Rein – our sponsors
she is a 3 month old baby girl Zaira. She comes from Ramallah and she will soon be able to go back home. We shall ensure the follow up next to her home. As we could perform close heart surgery, she will have no scare and her mother is very happy about it, her baby is so pretty.
A magic afternoon
Article in the magazine Cles
Again, we would like to thank all our sponsors. Thanks to them, up to date, 365 Palestinian children underwent surgery free of charge, five Palestinian doctors received scholarship during their training, screening and prevention program were set up, as well as support groups between Israeli and Palestinian mothers, networks of Israeli and Palestinian doctors are organized and genetic counseling consultation was set up. Special thanks to Lundbeck laboratory who finances surgery for two children Special thanks to Actelion laboratory who finances one year of training for a physician
NEWS SEPTEMBER 2011
to date 365 children underwent surgery – 74 children since January 1st 2011 Third support group – Organization of a major even on February 4th 2012 - Video – our sponsors
Support groups with Israeli and Palestinian mothers
The second support group took place in June. Israeli and Palestinian mothers went together to the zoo.Their children enjoyed a lot discovering many species they had never seen before. We plan a third group in November at Hadassah with a magician.
Training of physicians/technicians
Woel, the technician from ST Joseph will complete his training by February 2012. We have already begun to look for the next trainee who will be trained to echocardiography during a full year at Hadassah. The trainee receives a 12000 euros grant for the year. We are initiating in October-November training to 3 groups of 50 Palestinian general practitioners in the West-Bank. The will be made aware of the risk linked to endogamic marriages and the need to send for screening by echocardiography the children coming from those families.
Visit to Hadassah by a group of French citizens from ACPRO group (Citizen for action in Middle East).
Meeting with Pr Rein. Among them a journalist, C. Dansette working for France 24. He went also to Hebron with Dr El laham to understand all the aspects of the program and to make a video.
Again, we would like to thank all our sponsors. Thanks to them, up to date, 365 Palestinian children underwent surgery free of charge, five Palestinian doctors received scholarship during their training, screening and prevention program were set up, as well as support groups between Israeli and Palestinian mothers, networks of Israeli and Palestinian doctors are organized and genetic counseling consultation was set up. Special thanks to Lundbeck laboratory who finances surgery for two children Special thanks to Actelion laboratory who finances one year of training for a physician
NEWS JULY/AUGUST 2011
to date 349 children underwent surgery – 1200 echocardiographies every year performed in Westbank – hospitalization in Westbank – Meeting with the director of Saint-Joseph hospital in Jerusalem – Visit to Hebron and to Hadassah – Press review – our sponsors Visit to Hebron and to Hadassah As every year , I went to Palestine to appreciate in real life how the program is going on and meet potential candidates for training as well as Palestinian hospital directors to develop cooperation. 349 underwent surgery, lately more and more children come to undergo surgery at Hadassah hospital. 72 in 2010, potentially more in 2011. Why? Because screening in the West Bank is doing better and better. In this program, every month about 100 echocardiographies are performed in Hebron, Bethlehem, Ramallah and Kalkyliah. More and more children are diagnosed and treated, it is as simple as that, 100 echocardiographies per month, 1200 per year split between screening echocadiographies and post surgery follow up ones. This will allow some children to be followed up at home instead of being hospitalized at Hadassah hospital.
hospitalization in Westbank
At Red Crescent Palestinian hospital, a 3 days old baby, Mohamed,was hospitalized in intensive care unit for pulmonary hypertension and asphyxia at birth. Before, a baby with such status of health should have been hospitalized at Hadassah hospital, today with the set-up of the echocardiography program for screening and follow up, now Mohamed can be treated in the West Bank which makes life easier for his family.Transfer of knowledge becomes to prove efficacious. When I was there, his mother had just left to take care of her other 3 children and his grandfather was just coming in.
Meeting with the director of Saint-Joseph hospital in Jerusalem
Treating is not enough. We trained physicians and now we are currently training a technician Wael who will have completed his training by February 2012. Wael will go back to work at Saint Joseph hospital. We plan to train 4v more technicians to ensure a good coverage of the West bank. Those technicians, once trained, will be the pillars of screening. Of course the echocardiographies will always been interpreted by a cardiologist.
Again, we would like to thank all our sponsors. Thanks to them, up to date, 322 Palestinian children were treated free of charge, five plasetinian doctors received scholarship during their training, screening and prevention program were set up, as well as support groups between Israeli and Palestinian mothers, networks of Israeli and Palestinian doctors are organized and genetic counseling consultation was set up. Thank you so much to Sodastream which supports the surgery for two children and thank you to Servier laboratory which support one child Without your support, nothing should be possible, even if our overheads are kept very low, around 1%.
During the last 2 months, we have been present n the lay press with articles in Prima, Paris, Paris Normandie and le Progrès de Fécamp. But also on the net with articles on Guysen Un Cœur pour la paix : quand un médecin puise le don de vie dans le judaïsme and on Saphir News With an article by Roschdy Zem Roschdy Zem : « J’ai le cœur qui bat pour la paix »
NEWS JUNE 2011
to date 322 children underwent surgery -Second support group – 24/24 Medical emergency cardiac care in the West Bank - Award Chief Rabbi Joseph Cohen – evening to support us – thanks to our donors – Press Review
June 16, second support group between Israeli and Palestinian mothers.
Let us listen to Jessica in charge of the group: « At 8:30, I met the bus driver I had hired, we go to Kalandia to pick 25 Palestinian mothers and their children. Then we drove to Hadassah hospital where we find the Israeli mothers and their children. Professor Rein welcomed everyone in the auditorium, spoke to them about the program A Heart for Peace. After the thanks, we are on our way to the zoo, we had picnic on the grass and visited the zoo. What a great day »
Pediatric cardiac emergency in the West Bank
Dr. Nael El Laham ensures a 24/24h permanence in the West Bank for pediatric cardiac emergencies. A Heart for Peace provides the Prostine, which helps stabilize the child if necessary for his transfer to hospital. If emergency, a Palestinian child can now be hospitalized 24 / 24 at Hadassah Hospital. Each hour saved means lives saved.
Award Chief Rabbi Joseph Cohen fondation
A Heart for Peace was awarded this year again the award of the Chief Rabbi Cohen Foundation. This award aims at recognizing each year an association dedicated to the reconciliation of human beings. A big thank you to his son who honors the memory of his father, a man of peace.
Thanks to all our donors.
Again, we would like to thank all our sponsors. Thanks to them, up to date, 322 palesitinian children were treated free of charge, five plasetinian doctors received scholarship during their training, screening and prevention program were set up, as well as support groups between Israeli and Palestinian mothers, networks of Israeli and Palestinian doctors are organized and genetic counseling consultation was set up. So thank you to the Bettencourt foundation will support us for 3 years. Thanks also to Leo and Roche Laboratories and to the foundation of the Grand Orient of France, as each of one supported the surgery of a child. Thanks also to the MIFRAN foundation as well as to the city of St. Aubin. Thanks also to the many individuals who support us. Without your support, nothing should be possible, even if our overheads are kept very low, around 1%.
Evening to support A Heart for Peace
Those past two months, we were present in many media, TV, Radio, web sites should they be national or international, medical press or lay press. In the press, we were in 20 minutes, cardiology practice, the Quotidien du Medecin, Les couriers de la Gironde and du Tarn and Garonne. On the net, we are in French, English and Arabic on the website of destinationsante.com (in English: http://url.exen.fr/43002/ in Arabic: http://url.exen.fr/ 42992 /) and on orange.fr (http://url.exen.fr/42989/). On the air with the radio RTL in a reportage with unexpected guest with Christophe Decroix as chief editor and Rochdy Zem and Muriel Haim as guests, with radio J with Rochdy Zem. On TV with France 2 with Telematin, and France 24 who did a reportage in the West Bank as well as at Haddassah hospital. Thank you to all journalists who have allowed us to showcase our work with several million people.
News March 2011
March 17, a conference will take place with Antoine Sfeir and Muriel Haim
- Antoine Sfeir will present an overview of the current situation in the Middle-East
- Muriel Haim will present the last five year achievements and the projects for 2011
The benefits of this manifestation will be used to finance Un Coeur pour la Paix/A Heart for Peace
News February 2011
The conception and the printing of a calendar was offered to Un Coeur pour la Paix /A Heart for Peace by a coach Greg Capra for the photos and by Antoine Sfeir chief editor of “Les Cahiers de l’Orient” for the printing.
Thanks to their generosity and the commitment of all of you who bought this calendar 27 euros per piece, Hamza underwent surgery and was saved. She is now back to Hebron in her family.
It is already February but we have still more calendars and more children to save if you are interested….
News January 2011
“Medecine, a way to rebuild dialogue”
Under the auspices of JP Plancade, senator of Haute Garonne, Vice president of group of friendship France-Israel
With as participants:
- Professor J.J. Azariah Rein, head of department of pediatric cardiology at Hadassah Israeli hospital, Jerusalem, Israel : “living together at the hospital level”
- Doctor Nael El Laham, cardiologist “ A field experience, screening in the West bank”
- Doctor Muriel Haim, president founder of A Heart for Peace “ A Heart for peace after 5 years and 2011 projects”