Thu, 04 Nov|
The Chapter Hall, St John’s Gate
St John Eye Hospital, Jerusalem with David Verity, KStJ, MD, MA (Oxon), BM, BCh, FRCOphth,
David Verity, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London, and Hospitaller of the Order of St John, is a tireless supporter and advocate for the essential, life-changing work carried out by the St John Eye Hospital Group in Jerusalem. Join us to hear his inspirational story.
Time & Location
04 Nov 2021, 18:30 – 20:00
The Chapter Hall, St John’s Gate, 26 St John's Ln, London EC1M 4BU, UK
About the Event
David Verity, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London, and Hospitaller of the Order of St John, is a tireless supporter and advocate for the essential, life-changing work carried out by the St John Eye Hospital Group in Jerusalem. Join us to hear the inspirational story behind the current work of the Eye Hospital Group, a key project for the Gateway in 2021/22, and get involved in our sponsored challenge..
A thousand years ago, in 1070, a hospice was established in Jerusalem to care for pilgrims travelling to those distant lands. Founded by Traders from Amalfi (whose armorial cross formed the basis of the modern St John cross you are familiar with), and staffed by monks from a nearby Benedictine abbey, this Hospice treated travellers from all walks of life, irrespective of their origin or creed. Although over time the Hospital of St John developed into a religious and military order, with the subsequent dissolution of the Order, the Hospital ceased to exist. However, in 1882 Queen Victoria gave her support to the formation to a new ‘Eye Hospital of St John in Jerusalem’, once again established to relieve the suffering of patients in this land.
The modern St John Eye Hospital Group now includes the main Hospital in East Jerusalem, the satellite eye care centres in Hebron, Anabta and Gaza, and mobile outreach clinics which operate throughout the West Bank, providing charitable eye care to the people of the occupied Palestine territory, approximately half of whom live in poverty.
Sadly, the rate of blindness in this population is many times higher than in the developed world such as the UK, Europe and the USA; almost a third of the population is under the age of ten, and eye disease is particularly high in this group, including squint, infantile glaucoma (raised pressure in the eye), cataract (preventing normal visual development), and serious eye injuries. In adult patients, the problems of cataract, glaucoma and diabetes remain a major problem, but are potentially treatable.
Despite operating in one of the most challenging and changing geopolitical environments in the world, in 2012 St John treated over 112,500 patients, with over 4700 patients having surgery, all possible due to corporate, institutional and personal charitable donations from countries around the globe.
St John Eye Hospital is one of the three key projects the Gateway is supporting this year. By raising funds and awareness, we can make a life changing difference to those so desperately in need of help.
Join David Verity for the evening to hear about their crucial work, and consider partaking in our sponsored Blindness Challenge https://twitter.com/ThePeakyBlinder/status/941058312329682944?s=20.
St John Gateway Member
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