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Georgette Rizek

Healthcare Pioneer, Community Leader

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Date of Birth:

1925

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Tulkarm, Palestine

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Why Featured?

Georgette Rizek was a notable Palestinian figure recognized for her remarkable contributions to healthcare and community service in Jerusalem, particularly during times of conflict and displacement.

Brief bio

Rizek was an influential figure in Palestinian society, known for establishing the first emergency medical clinic in the Old City of Jerusalem. Despite lacking formal medical training, she successfully founded and managed the Infant Welfare Center, which provided vital healthcare services to thousands of Palestinians, including vaccinations for children.

Major Milestones

Contributions

  • Graduated from Ramallah Friends School - a formative phase in her education...See More

  • Marriage to Dimitri Rizek on August 17, 1947 - a significant personal event.

  • Founding of the Infant Welfare Center in Jerusalem (1948) - her most notable professional achievement.

  • Involvement in various charitable organizations and receiving numerous awards - reflecting her community impact.

  • Retirement in 2008 and passing away on March 16, 2018 - marking the end of her dedicated service.

  1. Establishing the Infant Welfare Center - a pioneering healthcare initiative in Jerusalem.

  2. Expanding healthcare services - including medical and dental treatment, health education, and immunizations.

  3. Advocating for underprivileged communities - ensuring access to healthcare for those unable to afford it.

  4. Community mobilization and fundraising - demonstrating exceptional leadership and organizational skills.

  5. Active participation in social and political spheres - a testament to her commitment to Palestinian society.

Date of Last Update: 
January 13, 2024

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