The primary objective of the PCRF is to identify and treat every child in the Middle East in need of specialized surgery not available to them locally. PCRF locates, sponsors and runs volunteer medical missions to the Middle East in Pediatric Cardiac Surgery, Pediatric Cardiology, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Maxillofacial Surgery, Pediatric Urology, Ophthalmology, Vascular Surgery, Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery, Pediatric Urology and Pediatric Surgery as well as many other specialties. They also locate abroad free medical care for children who cannot be adequately treated in the Middle East. PCRF is the main organization regularly sending injured and sick Arab children to North and South America, the Middle East and Europe for free care that is not available to them. Since 1991 over 1,000 children have been abroad for millions of dollars of donated care through the PCRF.
The PCRF also helps to improve the quality of medical care in the Middle East by sending medical equipment and supplies to the West Bank and Gaza Strip, as well as training local Palestinian medical personnel to improve the quality of care and services within the public sector.
The Palestine Children’s Relief Fund is an American registered Non-Profit Organization with over 23 years of experience in arranging cost-free medical care for sick and injured children in the Middle East that is not available to them locally. PCRF is able to do this by sending needy children abroad to hospitals in the US, Europe and other parts of the Middle East. Since being established in 1991, PCRF has sent over 1,000 children abroad for donated care to notable hospitals throughout the world including Cleveland Clinic, Mayo Clinic, George Washington Hospital, King Hussein Medical Center and the Shriners Hospitals. As you can see, the success of this work is much dependent on the goodwill of Doctors and Hospitals all over the world who are willing to donate their services and facilities to treat these children, who have no other means to receive the care they need. This work is also dependent on the hard work of volunteers who help cultivate good relationships with their local hospitals.
PCRF South Africa:
The Cape Town Chapter of PCRF has taken on the initiative of locating Doctors and Hospitals in South Africa and Lebanon that may be willing to accept children in their facilities on a charitable basis. In August of 2014, Dr. Vincent Joseph gathered a team of various interested people and a Cape Town chapter of PCRF was established.
Currently, in Durban, a Kwazulu-Natal Branch is being established too and handled by Mr. Sam Prakash (Former MK for Umkhonto).
Dr. Joseph will be embarking on a trip to Tripoli in Lebanon on Tuesday 16th September 2014, where he will join a mission from PCRF Chicago under the supervision of Dr Khaled Abughazaleh. This mission will identify and treat refuge children who suffer from a cleft lip and/or palate disability. When on this mission Dr Joseph will conduct a needs assessment as well for the PCRF Chapter in South Africa. He will also visit hospitals in Saida, Beirut and Tripoli to establish the viability of future South African missions of surgical teams to these areas.
PCRF aims to provide and care of sick and injured children who are in desperate need of urgent care that isn’t available to them in their country. The organization covers all travel, housing and logistical costs, so the hospital is only responsible for treating the child. Currently patients are from Damascus, Syria; Jenin, Tul Karm, and Hebron, all from the West Bank.
The PCRF Humanitarian Projects is committed to helping poor and needy children throughout the region through the distribution of wheelchairs, eyeglasses, clothing and food.
The projects also sponsor several summer camps for children.