On 25 February 2019, Caritas Jerusalem in cooperation with community development association (CDA), conducted an open medical day in Khan Yunis. CJ and CDA agreed on conducting open medical days twice every month. The open medical day targeted women, children and the elderly who are marginalized.
Based in the Holy Land, Caritas Jerusalem is a humanitarian and development organization that represents the socio-pastoral service of the Catholic Church in Jerusalem. It was founded in 1967 in the aftermath of the Six-Day War, to respond to the overwhelming needs of Palestinian refugees.
The number of its beneficiaries, from all religious denominations, is approximately 30,000 in the Palestinian territories. Since its inception, Caritas Jerusalem has been active with responding to humanitarian emergencies caused by the ongoing conflicts in the Holy Land.
Caritas Jerusalem operates in the West Bank, Gaza and Jerusalem through five main departments. the Social Services Department, the Health Department, the Livelihood and Food Security Department, the Micro-Credit Department and the Youth Department.
Caritas Jerusalem also founded in 1990 a Day Care Center in Ramallah that takes care of 65 isolated and underprivileged elderly persons. The centre monitors closely the health of its members and renders regular medical check-ups to screen for eyesight, diabetes and blood pressure level. As a member of the world-wide network Caritas Internationalis, Caritas Jerusalem works with other Caritas organizations to support the humanitarian relief at home and around the world, such as Catholic Relief Services.
By: Munir Bayouk