Canada Palestine Health Research Foundation
The Canada-Palestine Health Research Foundation promotes the health and well-being of the Palestinian people through fundamental, applied and clinical research carried out between Canadians and the Palestinians.
CPHRF History
November 1997
November 1997
Mr. David Berger, Canadian ambassador in Tel Aviv initiated the idea for the Canada-Palestine Health Research Foundation during a visit by the Medical Research council of Canada (MRC) officials to Israel.
December 1997
December 1997
Dr. Francis Rolleston and Dr. Henry Friesen of the Medical Research Council of Canada (MRC) staff, and Mr. Shawky Fahel, Chair of the Canada- Palestine Health Research Foundation, discussed the concept. It was agreed that a Partnership between the Canada-Palestine Health Research Foundation and Al Quds University could lead to Significant improvement in health care delivery in Palestine.
January 1998
January 1998
Research began immediately to assess the level of interest in, commitment to and support of a Canada-Palestine Health Research Foundation. Canadians and Palestinians enthusiastically applauded the Canada-Palestine Health Research Foundation's intent to be non-political.
May 10, 1998
May 10, 1998
Doctors, business persons and entrepreneurs from across Canada and Palestine attended the founding meeting of the Canada-Palestine Health Research Foundation. Mr. Faisal Husseini, Senior member of the PLO Executive Committee responsible for the Jerusalem file, was the Guest of Honor. Dr. Francis Rolleston chaired.
The Palestinian delegation from Al Quds University overview of current research conditions in Palestine, and outlined the need for Canadian partnership. An executive Board was set in place, and the discussion paper on the executive operating principles of the Canada-Palestine Health Research Foundation was discussed and approved.
The executive Board members formed science and research, policy and governance, and fundraising, and executive committees to define specific objectives and the means to achieve those objectives. Dr. Henry Friesen and Dr. Francis Rolleston of the Medical Research Council of Canada (MRC) were made Honourary members of the Canada- Palestine Health Research Foundation. Dr. Friesen and Dr. Rolleston subsequently agreed to be on the Canada-Palestine Health Research Executive Board for one year.
July 4, 1998
July 4, 1998
Dr. Francis Rolleston, Dr. Khaled Hasham, and Dr. Joel Wiener, members of the Medical Research Council, joined Canada-Palestine Health Research
Foundation membersMr. Shawky Fahel, Dr. Majed Kraishi and Dr. Rafat Faraawi on a a Medical Research council of Canada (MRC), sponsored visit Jerusalem to participate in workshops arranged by Dr. Varseen Shaheen, Dean, College of Medical Professions Al-Quds University and her colleagues and Dr. Yehia Abed, Director Genera. Research Planning and Development, Palestinian National Authority, Ministry of Health. These important workshops assess the strengths and possibilities for partnership with the MRC.
Many well trained Palestinian doctors and nurses are fully capable of creating a good health care system for their people. Medical research is urgently required to discover the most critical needs of the population, and the most feasible methods of treatment. But medical research costs money, and it requires ongoing contact with other medical professionals. The Palestinian medical community lack both funding and contacts. The Canada-Palestine Health Research Foundation is determined to change that.
It is CPHRF goal to raise the necessary funds for their research, and to connect them with Canadian medical professionals and teaching facilities. Our proposal has brought real hope to our Palestinian partners. The Palestinian authority and the Canadian government, particularly through the Medical Research Council (MRC) are strongly supporting our efforts. We know we are working for a noble cause, and have an extraordinary opportunity to make a significant difference in this war-torn land.
A Canadian team, led by Canadian Trade Minister Sergio Marchi, visited several countries in the Middle East on a trade mission. CIDO Founder and Chairman, Shawky Fahel, joined the team for the last four days in Palestine. Fahel signed an agreement with the president of Palestine's Al Quds University and Joel Weiner, an associate dean of the University of Alberta faculty of medicine and dentistry. That agreement commits the two universities to a collaborative research project that will identify risk factors associated with pre-term delivery in Palestine women.

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