Augusta Victoria in Jerusalem is the common name for a prominent hospital, church, and tower in Jerusalem, between the Mount of Olives and Mount Scopus. It constitutes one of the three landmark towers that mark the ridge denoting the eastern boundary of Jerusalem.
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AVH or Augusta Victoria Hospital Jerusalem
Augusta Victoria Hospital - AVH
Since 1950 the Augusta Victoria Hospital (AVH) has been a project of the Lutheran World Federation. It's main task has been to provide services for Palestinian Refugees in cooperation with UNRWA, the United Nations agency that has been responsible for the refugee-programs in the region since 1948. Today, the hospital continues to develop services for the Palestinian community, mostly on a charitable basis.
Augusta Victoria Hospital (AVH) is housed in a historical building that, at the time of its dedication as a hospice and rest home in 1910, was the most modern construction in Jerusalem and the first in the Holy Land to have electricity. Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany erected the founder�s intentions. The Lutheran World Federation continues his work of Christian love through the ministry of healing.
The hospital was established as a major medical Facility in Jerusalem after the 1948 war to care for Palestinian refugees. It was first managed by the international Committee of the Red Cross and then, since May 1, 1950, by the Lutheran world Federation .AVH is now a program of LWF�s Department for World Service. A professional board of Governance, appointed by the LWF, manages the hospital and represents a wide variety of Lutheran Churches, local and international, as well as related agencies that support the mission of the hospital. Board members represent the medical, pastoral, and administrative professions.
The main in take continues to be patients who are refugees or in social need. The hospital is committed to serve its patients and community by providing the need health and humanitarian services. The hospital provides employment for over 200 local staff and continues to be a model for building good institutions that are foundations for establishing a civil society.
Augusta Victoria page was last updated 25/11/2007