Qualitätsmedizin allen ermöglichen
Providing Quality Medical Care for All

Promotion of cooperative leadership

Promotion of cooperative leadership

Promotion of cooperative leadership

Promotion of cooperative leadership competence in socio-cultural diversity and in project management-Continuing education project for young men and women in the Arab region

Societies in the Arab world are undergoing a radical and highly complex process of change. The share of the population that is less than 30 years of age represents up to 60% of the total population, depending on the country. This means that the socio-economic and socio-political shaping of societies in the Arab region depends crucially on the current capabilities of this young generation.
In recent years, young men and women have joined forces in various forms of organization or associations, are involved in a wide variety of fields, are networked locally, regionally and in some cases internationally, and have a strong influence on social processes. With a basic attitude favoring the cooperative organization of their socio-culturally diverse coexistence and with extremely scarce resources, they are resolutely opposed to the systematic destruction of their livelihoods by openly internationally organized and financed terror.
Since 2016 medipalestine has supported the continuing education project led by the IKM Institute for Intercultural Communication and Management to promote cooperative leadership skills in socio-cultural diversity for young women and men in Arab countries. The visualization of the course content is assumed by Studio Eusebio.

“Bringing together professional skills”
Projects in Syria

Projects in Syria

Projects in cooperation with the university hospitals in Damascus

Training room:

In 2018, a training room for the approximately 120 assistant physicians will be set up at the gynecological clinic of Damascus University. The aim of the project is to train doctors in laparoscopic surgical methods (also called laparoscopy or buttonhole surgery). The room will be equipped with a laparoscopy simulator and an electronic library. In addition, fast internet access will be installed and the necessary technical resources made available so that congresses and further-education events can be broadcast and training films watched in future.

Operating theatres:

With professional and financial support from medipalestine, two operating theatres will be equipped with new laparoscopic instruments. Operations are also carried out jointly in order to network specialist competencies.

Tumor boards:

With the support of medipalestine, the formation of a tumor board at the Damascus University clinics is being promoted.

Breast centre:

In cooperation with Damascus University Hospital, the establishment of a breast centre is being planned.

Project for professional exchange:

We organize and support the participation of Syrian physicians at congresses in Europe and invite them to visit hospitals in Switzerland.
Dr. Mayada Romieh, Medical Director of the University Women’s Hospital in Damascus, was a visiting physician at the Women’s Practice Lucerne, the Hirslandenklinik St. Anna in Lucerne and the Breast Centre in Zurich from 27 October to 9 November 2017. She also attended the 20th ESGO Congress for Gynecological Oncology in Vienna from 4 to 7 November 2017.

“Bringing together professional skills”
Project Breast Prothesis

Project Breast Prothesis

Project Breast Prosthesis,
“Modell Paula”

Initial Situation

In many regions of the world, as in Palestine, numerous cancer patients who have had breasts amputated have no access to reconstructive surgery and cannot afford the breast prosthesis commercially available. Many of these women suffer from their externally visible affliction. Moreover, the missing breast replacement can lead to chronic life-long postural defects.
Mrs. Paula Jacob and Mr. Schunke from Switzerland have designed a breast prosthesis from inexpensive materials and manufactured and further developed prototypes. Because of the simple process of manufacture and ease of handling, medipalestine is interested in their invention.
The two creators of the product are making their concept available to us. Members of the association are being trained in the manufacturing process and can pass on their acquired know-how to local charitable organizations or to skilled seamstresses in various regions of the world. In this way it is possible to provide those women affected with affordable prosthesis.
In 2013 medipalestine will begin with the implementation of the project in Palestine.
The association will evaluate procurement channels for suitable materials, document the manufacturing technique and brief staff on applying the prosthesis for patients in need.
Local seamstresses are being trained in the manufacture of these special inserts for the bras available. medipalestine is in the process of acquiring and securing funding for the project.

Campaign about breast prosthesis:

“Numerous cancer patients worldwide who have had breasts amputated cannot afford the breast prosthesis commercially available”


Develop, Network, and Realize

We develop solution approaches to meet the genuine medical needs of the population, which are realized in concrete projects with the help of professional, voluntary and financial inputs.

We help to improve the quality of medical service provision in Palestine and assist with the further education of specialist personnel.

We promote cooperation between Swiss, Palestinian and other international institutions and cultivate exchange programs.

medipalestine Switzerland and Germany

medipalestine Switzerland and medipalestine Germany work closely together on the projects. The goals and self-conception of both associations are congruent.

Medipalestine Switzerland:
medipalestine Switzerland is an association according to the Swiss Civil Code Art. 60 ff based in Dietikon ZH, Switzerland. medipalestine supports institutions and projects in Palestine and other Arab countries which serve to improve the health and living situation of the population. medipalestine is a purely humanitarian organization. The non-profit association is party-politically and denominationally neutral. It rejects any form of discrimination or oppression based on ethnicity, gender, nationality, religion or skin color and supports as far as possible projects and institutions which adhere to this principle.
The association does not pursue any commercial purposes and does not strive for profit. Its financial resources consist of membership fees and donations.
All employees are volunteers and do not receive a salary.

medipalestine Germany (a registered association):
medipalestine Germany is a registered association with its headquarters in Munich within the meaning of §§51 to 68 BGB.

Executive Board of medipalestine Switzerland:

President: Dr. Maysoon Iraki
Treasurer: Ms. Monika Schwyter
Mr. Luca Eusebio
Dr. Regina Graf
Mr. Urs Graf (lic. phil.)
Auditor: Ms. Astrid Hälg

Executive Board of medipalestine Germany:

Ms. Silke Jaeger
Dr. Maysoon Iraki
Ms. Monika Schwyter
Secretary: Mr. Quirin Kaletka

“medipalestine is a politically non-partisan and religiously neutral humanitarian organization”

medipalestine means Cooperation

Making quality medicine accessible to everyone

The projects supported and implemented by medipalestine enable the population – regardless of religion, political conviction, nationality or social class – to obtain access to high-quality medicine.

How we promote access to quality medicine:

We organize and finance various training courses for medical personnel. The events take place both in the Arab world and in Europe. In close cooperation with the university hospitals in Damascus, we are designing a tumor centre for the local population.

We founded the ‘Dunya Women’s Cancer Clinic’ in Ramallah, Palestine, in cooperation with local institutions and trained the staff.

Overcoming the Limitations of Isolation

Borders and isolation are much more than tangible barriers and politically imposed restrictions and limitations. The resulting hardship eats away at society and its culture. From this point of view, medipalestine’s projects are much more than humanitarian commitments to alleviate physical distress: they testify to mutual, cross-border respect.
The projects serve society and strengthen confidence in a future.

Where we overcome the limits of isolation:

We always work together with local institutions and organizations. In addition, we are in constant contact with our cooperation partners and the medical institutions in crisis areas.

We promote interdisciplinary and international cooperation.

We organize and support the participation of European doctors at congresses in Palestine and Syria. They play an active role and also give presentations.

Networking professional expertise

Through the direct exchange of expertise, various specialist groups mutually promote each other’s further education. The level of education, experience and social and cultural backgrounds allow competencies to grow in a broad and sustainable manner.

How we network professionally:

We offer the infrastructure for networking via telemedicine and train users accordingly.

We support further training to promote cooperative leadership skills for young men and women in Arab countries.

In cooperation with a plastic manufacturer in Switzerland, we are developing a breast prosthesis for women without access to reconstructive surgery.

“We stand for cross-border cooperation between equals”