This week, a seven-member volunteer team from Germany starts their medical mission to provide expert spine, maxillofacial and pediatric surgery to children at Al Shifa Hospital in Gaza and later moving to Rafidia Hospital in Nablus. The team includes spine surgeon Dr. Shadi Salem, oral & maxillofacial surgeon Dr. Walid Ayad, and pediatric surgeon Dr.Theophylaktos Emmanouilidis. The team will not only treat over two dozen patients who otherwise would not get the care that they need but also provide much-needed training and experience to the local doctors in an effort to improve the quality of medical care in Nablus and Gaza.