Our mission

The conference is a collaboration between Palestinian Society for Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Makassed Charitable Hospital in East Jerusalem and Norwegian Aid Committee (NORWAC). The conference is sponsored by the Norwegian Royal Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In January 2009 a collaboration was established between Makassed Charitable Hospital in East Jerusalem, NORWAC and Norwegian gynecologists from Akershus and UllevÄl University hospitals regarding education and training in endoscopic surgery. The Norwegian gynecologists were also invited to give lectures in Ramallah, Nablus, Jericho and Bethlehem at the West Bank.

During the first eight weeks of this project it became clear that these meeting points resulted in many fruitful discussions. It was also obvious that we needed an occasion to continue these discussions. With this perspective in mind, the first international conference in Gynecology and Obstetrics in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) was held in Jericho 12th-14th May 2010 and involved lecturers from leading hospitals in OPT, the Netherlands, the USA and Norway (http://www.gynjericho2010.com/). The conference was a success! A small study based on a questionnaire to conference participants revealed an interest among the Palestinian medical doctors for a second international conference in OPT.

Our objective is to create a meeting point for medical doctors and a forum for discussions comprising a variety of hot topics in gynecology and obstetrics.