Roschdy Zem visits Hadassah.

Hadassah, March 27th.

Roschdy Zem is a patron of the Organization A HEART FOR PEACE.

This is why Roschdy wanted to see for himself what happens in real life in the Israeli Hadassah hospital in Jerusalem.

We had the pleasure of receiving him together with his wife, Nicole, and Ariane Toscan du Plantier, Director of Communication and Heritage at Gaumont. Their visit gave them the opportunity of having a long meeting with Professor Rein, Head of the Department of Pediatric Cardiology and Doctor Abu Zahira (in training within the framework of A HEART FOR PEACE) followed by a visit to the children in intensive care.

Roschdy Zem has decided to become even more involved in supporting the organization. We thank him for his commitment to stand by us.



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Between political medicine or politicized medicine:




Professor David Stone (Glasgow University)


Politics in medicine is inevitable and let us say it is even desirable. Doesn't Virchow (1) remind us that "Medicine is a social science and politics is nothing other than medicine on a large scale"? On the other hand, politically driven medicine, which appears when a highly partisan position is adopted either implicitly or explicitly, is unacceptable in medicine.



Professor David Stone, Emeritus Professor of Pediatric Epidemiology at Glasgow University, has studied the true impact of Israel on the health of the Palestinians. The aim of his study, which is the subject of this article, is to reply to a double question.


What is Israel's impact in terms of health and infrastructure?


This published study has the great advantage of presenting recent facts and their sources.


Preventive medicine has also greatly progressed. Thus vaccination coverage is comparable in the Palestinian territories and in Israel with a rate of from 97% to 99% for the following vaccinations: DTP, polio, mumps, hepatitis B (Haemophilus influenza B). These rates are comparable with those found in Jordan, but higher than those found in Egypt and in Lebanon.


Another interesting fact found in UNICEF's 2012 report on children's health shows that the state of nutrition in the Palestinian territories in spite of a lower rate of income, if comparable to that in Lebanon or Jordan, is far better than in Saudi Arabia, which has a far higher rate of income.



Infrastructures and financing


Between 1972 and 1992, the number of homes with running water went from 24% to 79% in the West Bank and from 14% to 93% in Gaza, whereas the number of homes with electricity went from 8% to 96% in the West Bank and from 35% to 98% in Gaza.


At the same time and in accordance with the WHO's recommendations of 1981, Israel has developed medical structures in the Palestinian territories with the creation of 5 universities, the development of structures for primary and secondary care. Access to tertiary level treatment such as complex cardiac operations is granted in Israel. For example, every year 100 000 Palestinians are cared for in Israeli hospitals, which on a par with France, 9 times more populated, would represent 900 000 foreigners cared for in hospitals in France.  Every day, even during periods of tension such as right now, Palestinian patients come to Israel for treatment. For example, Palestinian children suffering from deathly congenital heart disease arrive each week in Hadassah hospital to receive free care, and not one of the 620 children cared for by the organization A Heart for Peace has been stopped at the checkpoint.





The question of financing is essential in order to understand the local situation. Between 1967 and 1993, the Israeli government financed 60% of the health services in the West Bank and 85% in Gaza. The other donors are the United States development programme, The High Commissioner for Refugees, the Arab Medical Welfare organization and various NGOs.



Demographic and epidemiological facts.


Demography has a great advantage, these are so- called "hard" facts, which means they can be measured and verified.


Like the Israeli population, the Palestinian population has virtually tripled in 40 years to reach 4,5 million inhabitants. Life expectancy is 76 years in the West Bank and 75 years in Gaza.


This tripling of the population is primarily due to a lowering of 84% in the rate of infant mortality between 1950 and 1990, a period during which Israel was responsible for the health of the Palestinian population (UNICEF state of the world's children 2012). The infant mortality rate is  13,5/1000 in the West Bank and 15,5/1000 in Gaza, whereas it is still 25/1000 in Morocco, 24,5/1000 in Turkey and 22,4/1000 in Egypt (CIA Fact Book 2014).


The mortality rate of children under 5 also halved between 1980 and the mid-90s while under Israeli control.


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During a trip to Israel and the Palestinian territories from June 11-15, 2013, the Mayor of Paris, Bertrand Delanoë, went, on Thursday, June 13th, to Hadassah hospital precisely to visit the Department of Pediatric Cardiology, directed by Professor Jean-Jacques Azaria Rein,responsible for the project A HEART FOR PEACE in Israël.

Among the members of the delegation accompanying the Mayor of Paris: Pierre Schapira, Deputy Mayor of Paris for International Relations, European Affairs and Francophonie, Bernard Pignerol, International Councillor to the Mayor and Director of International Relations, Francis Sacco,Secretary to the French Embassy in Israel and Jacques Baudier, Attaché for Scientific and Academic Cooperation at the French Embassy in Israel. 

Born from a meeting in 2005 between Doctor Muriel Haïm, President of the Organization, and Professor Rein, A HEART FOR PEACE aims at taking care of a Palestinian child suffering from severe, often deadly, heart malformations  and having him/her operated free of charge by Professor Rein and his mixed team of Israelis and Palestinians in Hadassah hospital.

To date, more than 500 children have thus been saved.


Upon his arrival,Bertrand Delanoë was greeted by Doctor Yuval Weiss, Director of Haddassah hospital at Ein Kerem, who immediately accompanied him to the Pediatric Department.


On the way, the Mayor of Paris was able to appreciate the architectural beauty of the main entrance of the hospital, which he described several times as "magnificent".

He was also able to have a concrete view of the mixture of cultures and populations as soon as he took the lift taking him to Professor Rein's department.


On the above photograph, from left to right: Bertrand Delanoë, Mayor of Paris, Professor Jean-Jacques Azaria Rein, Head of the Department of Pediatric Cardiology at Hadassah hospital an Jacques Baudier, Attaché for Scientific and Academic Cooperation at the French Embassy in Israel. 

Bertrand Delanoë and his collaborators then listened to a brief presentation of the project made by Professor Rein and they were particularly sensitive to the collaborative work carried out in Israel and in the Palestinian territories. Professor Rein emphasized his desire to not confine himself in a paternalistic relationship with his Palestinian colleagues.

The answer, for him, is training as a bridge towards a future peace between the two peoples.


The Mayor of Paris said that he was very impressed by the project and 
invited his collaborators to find practical ways of supporting it. He expressed his desire to come and personally greet the people taking part in the gala soon take place in Paris and which will celebrate the 500th child to be operated on.


Professor Rein also presented various projects of collaboration with hospitals in Paris, including the Necker hospital, and he expressed his hope that this cooperation would increase.

This dossier was handed over to Pierre Schapira, who will examine it upon his return to Paris.






- Roschdy Zem - Patron of the Organization

- Eva Lena Jansson - Swedish MP (PACE)

- Olga Kostenko - Parliamentary Assistant for the PACE Programme, responsible for a report on health in Gaza.



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