A two-year old Palestinian boy from the Judea and Samaria region underwent a bone marrow transplant last month at Israel's Chaim Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer. The procedure was funded by the Civil Administration, after the Palestinian Authority declined the family`s request to fund it.

“This procedure will save the child's life,” explained Dalia Bessa, the Health Coordinator for the Civil Administration. “When this sort of procedure is needed and the Palestinian Authority refuses to fund it, the Civil Administration steps in, in order to save lives.”

The child is under the care of a social worker who has been attending to his and his family's needs throughout the duration of the hospital stay. “My position entails taking responsibility for Palestinian patients from the minute they are admitted until they are released from the hospital, while coordinating with the Civil Administration and Dalia Bessa,” said Baloum Raid, a social worker who coordinates the hospitalization of all Palestinian patients at the Sheba Medical Center.

The patient's father expressed satisfaction with the treatment at the hospital, saying, “I am very happy with the dedicated care my son has received. The doctors, staff, and Civil Administration have not spared any effort. Thank you.”

The Civil Administration funds hundreds of operations and medical treatments each year, in addition to its support for the Palestinian health care system. “The level of care in the Palestinian Authority is different from the level of care in Israel,” Bessa said. “We try to provide them with the knowledge and experience through courses and training seminars that take place throughout the year.”