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Hadassah Medical Center: One of Eight ASHA Grantees in the Middle East

Through the United States Agency for International Development's American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA) program, the Hadassah Medical Center—one of eight grantees in the Middle East--received over one million dollars in Fiscal Year 2012 to upgrade its surgical equipment.

ASHA's 2012 Annual Report notes: "ASHA has empowered Hadassah to incorporate the most effective advancements in surgery and technology to continue to be a model of American medical practices in the Middle East." This funding, it continues, "has provided an upgrade in surgical tools and medical equipment," including "surgical lamps, surgical tables, anesthesia systems and monitors, mobile x-ray systems, and laser surgery equipment."

In the over half century of its existence, the ASHA grant program has assisted 257 institutions in more than 75 countries. In FY 2012, ASHA awarded more than $20.5 million in grants and cooperative agreements, with about 38 percent—$7,900,000--going to the Middle East.

The eight Middle East ASHA grantees for Fiscal Year 2012 are:

  • American University of Beirut, Lebanon--$1,800,000
  • Hadassah Medical Center, Jerusalem, Israel--$1,300,000
  • Weizmann Institute of Science Feinberg Graduate School, Rehovot, Israel— $1,000,000
  • Lebanese American University, Beirut--$900,00
  • Ramallah Friends School, West Bank--$900,000
  • American University, Cairo, Egypt--$800,000
  • Shaare Zedek Medical Center, Jerusalem--$700,000
  • American Community School, Beirut--$500,000.
Date: 3/6/2013
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