Building systems, changing lives
Click here and here to check out this series of reports by ITV's Granada News for an overview of the kind of work that LITI does in partnership with local hospitals. For Arabic language coverage by Al Jazeera, please click here. For Arabic language coverage by Panorama Asaa on the Palestinian broadcasting network (Palestine TV) please click here.
Our team at LITI have carried out the first two transplants in Nablus, as part of a project we will be launching there to help local medical staff build a transplant unit! Check out this ITV coverage of our trip to the West Bank.
The LITI team have now completed a further round of transplants, bringing the total number of transplants carried out in Gaza by our team up to 25.
Through our partnership with the Qatari Red Crescent (QRC), we are starting to equip the tissue typing lab at Al-Shifa Hospital. Two lab technicians, a clinical scientist, transplant coordinator and transplant nurse are coming to train with us in Liverpool in 2016
The LITI team enjoyed great success in our latest round of transplants, March/April 2015, bringing the number to 18 successful transplants! In the latest round, our team performed transplants for an 18 year old male patient and two female patients, aged 21 and 22. Our next visit to Gaza is scheduled for June. For a full report on the progress of our Gaza project, please visit our dedicated page, or check out some of the highlights below:
IT project success-- our Liverpool-based IT expert, Eddie Scraggs ran a week long IT training workshop for the staff of Al-Shifa Hospital. In addition to the training, we donated IT equipment to Al-Shifa Hospital who have now set a go-live date for their new patient management IT system.
Craig Stennet is a photojournalist who, since covering our Gaza project for the reader's digest, has often accompanied our team to Gaza to witness the development of the project. In the latest visit, he followed up on the lives of some of our patients following their transplants over a year ago.
We are now well on the way to the establishment of a transplant unit, including a tissue typing lab, within the new surgical building currently being built in Gaza.
Our Liverpool team presented a poster featuring the LITI Gaza project at the ISN world congress of nephrology 2015 in South Africa. To view the poster, check out our resources page.
It is a pleasure to confirm that the LITI team's latest round of transplants, December 2014, in Gaza all went very well and the patients (a 13 year old girl, 23 year old man and 59 year old man) are in excellent health! Those of you who speak Arabic may be interested to see this coverage of the trip on Al Jazeera Arabic's Leading Initiatives series, "Zimam al Mubadara". You can also check out photos of the latest trip taken by Craig Stennett, a British photojournalist who travelled to Gaza with our team here.
We are very pleased to confirm that our team have arrived safe and sound in Gaza after crossing the Eratz border for the latest round of transplants. More news to follow....
Click here to see coverage by ITV, explaining the effect of the current attack on Gaza on our ongoing project.
Dialysis patients at Al-Shifa hospital are at risk due to a lack of fuel for Al-Shifa's generators.
Due to the effect of the recent attack on Gaza on Al-Shifa hospital, the team's trip has been postponed and is now scheduled to take place in December.
The next transplant team trip to Gaza has been arranged for October 14th 2014. As well as the 6 scheduled transplants, our team intends to continue their work establishing a renal IT system and tissue typing lab as well as delivering further training for Al-Shifa staff.
LITI medic, Patrick Bogue has just returned from his trip to Al-Shifa, in July 2014. The purpose of his trip was to establish the renal registry IT system. Unfortunately, conditions in Gaza at the moment are very challenging and, although Patrick made some headway, the team plans to continue his work during their next trip in October.
Our team of Liverpool medics returned from Gaza on Wednesday 30th April 2014 after their fourth successful transplant trip! This time, two of our surgeons were assisted solely by the team of Gaza medics who completed their training course here in Liverpool. A total of 4 successful live donor transplants were carried out, including kidney transplants for 9 year old Ilham Nairab who received a kidney from her Dad and 10 year old Ahmad Keshko, whose kidney was donated by his Mum. The planned fifth transplant could not take place, due to the the donor being unwell, highlighting the precarious nature of kidney transplant. Our team was accompanied by photographer Craig Stennett. To see his stunning photographs of the trip click here.
As well as carrying out the transplants our team, our team managed to secure agreement with the Ministry of Health for the establishment of a transplant authority in Gaza, which will monitor and regulate all transplants, with the aid of a renal registry which will be established to monitor the welfare of all patients with renal disease. We also furthered the arrangements for a self sustaining transplant unit in Gaza, agreeing to locate it in the new surgical building in Al-Shifa hospital, with direct access to the nephrology ward.
If you missed coverage of our project on ITV tonight, check it out here, complete with interviews from Gaza medics and our Liverpool team, as well as footage of our on-site training program at the Royal Liverpool Hospital. As Gaza's medics prepare to cross back into the Gaza Strip when the Refah border opens, we congratulate them and the staff at the Royal Liverpool Hospital on their very successful training exchange program!
Gaza medics receive official welcome from Liverpool's Lord Mayor, Gary Millar in a reception organised in their honour at the town hall on 17.2.14.
11 doctors, nurses and technicians have now arrived in Liverpool from Gaza to begin the two month course of intensive training with our team at the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital.
A team of doctors, nurses and technicians are due to arrive in Liverpool on Friday 10th January 2014 to begin a two month training course with our team at the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital, having been delayed several times due to the situation at the Refah crossing.
The work of the Royal Liverpool team has been the feature of a week long special on ITV's Granada program. View coverage of their incredible journey here
The team return to Liverpool after a successful trip to Gaza, having performed three transplants and trained staff at Al-Shifa hospital regarding transplant procedures and IT systems.
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