The Huda Al Masri Pediatric Cancer Department

The first and only public department for children with cancer in Palestine

The building of this department was sparked by the untimely death of our founding head social worker, Huda Al Masri, from leukemia in July 2009. At that time, there was no department for children with cancer in the Palestinian ministry of health, meaning that sick patients had to cross military checkpoints on a regular basis – if they could get permits – for treatment. In 2012, we began building the first and only public cancer department for children in Huda’s name at Beit Jala Hospital near the ancient city of Bethlehem. Thanks to thousands of private donors all over the world, we opened the department in April 2013. We continue to support the training of staff, medical missions to the department, repairs, material, and the social and medical needs of patients in the department to continue to ensure that our children fighting this terrible disease have access the best care possible in the world.

Meet Our Patients

Each child we treat in our department has a face and a name. They are the reason that thousands of donors all over the world made this department possible

The Huda Al Masri Healing Garden

In April of 2015, the PCRF opened the Huda Al Masri Healing Garden at Beit Jala hospital, a playground and garden that allows our patients to relax during their difficult treatment in the hospital. The garden, named after our former head social worker who passed away from leukemia in July 2009, gives our patients a loving and fun atmosphere and is the only garden within any hospital in Palestine of its kind. If you would like to donate to help maintain the garden, please donate here.

Meet Our Staff

The Dr. Nadim Yousif Kassem Scholarship for Training and Education

In 2013, through the generous support of his family, the PCRF launched a fund in the memory of a great supporter of the PCRF, loving father, husband, humanitarian and doctor, Nadim Yousif Kassem.  This fund is to sponsor medical education and training for healthcare providers in Palestine.  Several have travel abroad, mainly to the King Hussein Cancer Center in Amman, Jordan, for training through this fund.

Department Services

The PCRF is one of the few NGOs in Palestine that keeps a permanent presence in a public hospital to ensure that medical and psychosocial support for patients continue unabated.

Birthday Parties
Birthday Parties

While children are in the department getting treatment, the PCRF sponsors birthday parties for them to help support their psychological situation while they undergo treatment. 

Red Nose Clowns
Red Nose Clowns

We work with the “Red Nose Clowns”, a local NGO that comes to the department to entertain the children and bring smiles to their faces during their challenging treatment.

Medical Tests
Medical Tests

Children require lab tests that are not covered by their insurance.  The PCRF covers the cost of them as a way to ensure that they are properly diagnosed and getting the best treatment possible.

Tutoring
Tutoring

Children who are being treated in the department are often there for several weeks at a time, missing  their studies.  We hire students to help tutor them in math, English and Arabic.

Huda al Masri (1962 - 2009)

Huda Al Masri was one of the founders of the PCRF and as our head social worker from 1993 until her tragic death from leukemia in 2009, helped to build the organization. Huda was known by everyone who met her as a loving mother, devoted wife, hard-working social worker, and exemplary leader whose vision and dedication to serving her people in Palestine enabled the PCRF to grow into one of the most respected and established non-profits in the Middle East.

Summer Camps

The PCRF sponsors summer camps for children with cancer in the Huda Al Masri Healing Garden, providing them activities and games to play to help improve their psychology and quality of life and treatment.   

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