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Review for Israel Palestinian Cooperative for Economic Expansion, Inc., Woodbury, CT, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Peace Through Medicine ~ pushing forward the spread of prosperity

IPCEE believes that an essential avenue for helping end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is to push forward the spread of economic prosperity and improved healthcare for the Palestinians living in the West Bank.

IPCEE’s ultimate goal is to help realize an independent Palestinian State, living side-by-side with the Jewish State of Israel.

IPCEE’s activities advance economic and physical well-being, but not as a substitute for achieving a political peace: but rather, our initiatives serve to facilitate the process of coexistence that is more worthwhile for the Palestinians … as opposed to the radical Islamist projection of continuing misery and unending conflict.

Our current focus is strictly on Health Care in the West Bank — working from the ground up through cross-border activities.

Our IPCEE Multi-level Healthcare Initiative is rooted in five pragmatic, core principles:

1. Improved healthcare protects our core human assets: namely, the family and the communities in which we live.

2. IPCEE’s activities are deeply rooted in partnership, not paternalism -- in doing things with other people and not for them.

3. Strengthening essential infrastructure and institutional capacity within the West Bank helps to facilitate prosperity and self-reliance -- ultimately leading toward a healthy separation and inter-independence between Palestinians and Israelis.

4. Unlike third-party mediators, we build on voluntary collaboration that is mutually beneficial, so that both Israelis and Palestinians become involved -- out of choice and from the ground-up.

5. Sector specific, cross-border activity such as the IPCEE Multi-level Healthcare Initiative fosters mutually beneficial individual and institutional relationships. To be specific, health care providers share a “common language” and a particular understanding in the field of medicine, facilitating the drive to “improve the physical lot” of those living in their respective communities.

IPCEE, together with select hospitals in Israel and the West Bank, and in coordination with key leadership, have agreed to promote cooperation in the field of medical care on the basis of mutual respect for each other’s autonomy — in conformity with the laws and regulations in force in each country and institution, and within their respective available financial resources.

The IPCEE multi-level Healthcare Initiative is designed to raise healthcare capacity and delivery to world-class standards, while reducing reliance on Israeli medical facilities, through fellowships between hospitals and improved biomedical training and equipment.

The stated goal of our initial initiative model is to improve and increase healthcare capacity and to improve healthcare delivery for the underserved throughout the Palestinian West Bank. IPCEE intends to model the Healthcare Initiative and then to apply this model of multi-level healthcare to other specific areas within the West Bank.

The IPCEE Healthcare Initiative will be conducted with three strategic partners:

1. International SOS or equivalent service will provide an independent, third-party review of the existing healthcare system in Jenin. International SOS will identify required healthcare needs and related costs including: appropriate equipment usage and distribution of biomedical equipment, technical training, and medical supplies.

2. The second IPCEE project partner is MediSend International, based in Dallas Texas, and is certified by the United States Certification Commission (USCC) and the US BMET Board of Examiners; and IPCEE and MediSend International will train and equip a workforce of indigenous biomedical technicians in the internationally recognized MediSend BMET Program: Basic & Intermediate, to support hospitals and clinics in the District of Jenin and select hospitals in Palestine. IPCEE through MediSend International will provide the necessary equipment and tools to establish a biomedical school based at Hadassah Ein Kerem, under Israel’s School of Military Medicine, following the training of MediSend International TOT biomedical technicians in Dallas, TX.

3. The third and critical IPCEE project partners are Israeli hospitals and select hospitals within the West Bank. They include but are not limited to hospitals in the areas of Jenin, Tulkarem, Afula, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa, Ramallah, Hebron, and Nablus. Cooperating hospitals to-date include: Tel Hashomer, Augusta Victoria Hospital, Ichilov General Hospital, Hadassah Ein Karem, Rambam and Emek Medical Center. These IPCEE partner hospitals agree to provide short and long-term fellowships for physicians and nurses, as well as symposia for training in priority areas identified in the initial ISOS review.

Robert Zwang is Founder and CEO of Israel-Palestinian Cooperative for Economic Expansion, Inc. IPCEE promotes peace and pragmatic cooperation between the Israelis and the Palestinians in the West Bank by encouraging mutually beneficial activities and cross-border relationships between individuals and institutions.

Mr. Zwang was previously CEO and Executive Director of the Jewish Federation: Jewish Communities of Western Connecticut for 19 years, directly accountable to the Board of Directors and Federation/Foundation Trustees.

Mr. Zwang led an alliance of individuals and organizations whose support and compassion contributed to successful fundraising and advancing community life, the Jewish State of Israel and support for world Jewry. He promoted a culture of innovation and creativity as a means to educate and motivate individuals, enabling a close attachment to the organization and its mission.

Mail: P.O. Box 5003 ~ Woodbury, CT 06798
E-mail: ~Web:
Office: (203) 707-3078 Mobile: (203) 470-5264 Fax: (203) 263-7539
IPCEE is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization ~ EIN 45-3005555
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