Last year St. Luke’s Hospital in Nablus, the northern West Bank city of 350,000 people, was forced to sideline its 15 year-old ambulance due to constant breakdowns. While depending on other emergency service providers for more than 2,000 patient transfer wasn’t optimal, St. Luke’s director, Dr. Walid Kerry, and rest of his staff adapted to the loss. 

That status quo shifted in the fall of 2018 when Kerry was notified by the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Health that new annual accreditation standards require each full-service hospital to operate a functional ambulance. Without one, St. Luke’s would lose its license and be forced to close its doors. The price tag of $110,000 to purchase, convert, equip, and insure a new ambulance was out of reach for a hospital whose mission is to serve everyone who walks through its doors, irrespective of their religion, ethnicity, or ability to pay.

That’s when AFEDJ supporters stepped up.