Israel’s Health & Illness Charities: A Lifeline For Those Who Need It Most

“Whoever saves a life of Israel, it is considered as if he saved an entire world.” (Talmud, Sanhedrin, 37a)

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To honor Israel’s 70 years of Independence, Haaretz Labels is highlighting the country’s greatest non-profit benefactors from the medical field; organizations who work tirelessly to ensure a healthy, promising future for Israel and its people. Each charitable organization has an underriding mission that guides it. They may strive to cure diseases, promote cutting-edge medical research, treat and support people with life-altering and debilitating diseases, disorders and disabilities (and their loved ones), seek improvements in medical treatments, or promote greater public understanding and awareness of certain health risks, disabilities and medical conditions. And yet, all of these charities work towards achieving similar goals for their recipients: health, wellness, hope and a better quality of life. 

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The work of these organizations is positively inspirational. To continue contributing the country’s medical field, with no gain to the organizations themselves, charitable funding is desperately needed. This Giving Tuesday, contribute to a health and illness charity and help improve the quality of life of lovers of Zion like yourself. Choose the health and illness charity you feel most connected to; by giving back you’ll be allowing these angel benefactors with stethoscopes to give hope to Israel’s sick and disabled citizens. 

The Israel Cancer Association
There are some 200,000 cancer patients and survivors in Israel today and approximately 30,000 people living in Israel are diagnosed with cancer each year. Thanks to the promotion of research and the emphasis on improved early detection and treatment, there has been a considerable increase in the cure rate and survival rate and enhanced quality of life for cancer patients throughout Israel. This is the driving force behind the Israel Cancer Association (ICA) and its 3,500 dedicated volunteers, public committee and executive board members, including leading medical staff and research scientists. These volunteers selflessly give of their valuable time, expecting no personal gain in return, except for the satisfaction they feel when another Israeli life is saved, or made more comfortable by their efforts.      

Established as a voluntary association in 1952, The ICA seeks to reduce cancer morbidity and mortality and to improve the quality of cancer patient's lives in Israel. The ICA spearheads the fight against cancer in Israel by promoting breakthrough, cross-border research, earning the non-profit organization widespread recognition, nationally and internationally and giving hope to cancer patients throughout Israel. ICA works in close collaboration with health authorities, but all its activities are funded by private donations, without government funding.

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There are currently over 20,000 individuals in Israel who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), including 500 infants per year. And while statisticians indicate that these numbers will only continue to grow, ALUT is on a mission to ensure the well-being, rehabilitation, economic status, and future of people with autism and pervasive developmental disorders (PDD) in Israel, 100 percent pro-bono.

Established in 1974 by parents of children with autism, ALUT is Israel’s predominant resource for families coping with autism. The organization’s 2,000 staff members and network of 800 volunteers allows ALUT to revolutionize the treatment of toddlers, children and adults with autism, offering a comprehensive array of services for people with autism and their families, beginning at the time of diagnosis and continuing through adulthood. Services include special educational services at ALUT's nurseries and treatment centers for toddlers (Alutaf), integrated and individualized external educational programs, rehabilitation and occupational centers for adults with autism, residential homes for adults with autism, family support and autism advocacy within greater Israeli society. By law, the Israeli government funds 80 percent of ALUT’s $30 million annual budget. The remaining 20 percent of ALUT’s budget is generously supported through contributions made by individual donors and foundations.

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Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Israel
In Israel, over 350,000 people carry the gene for Cystic Fibrosis (CF), a progressive, multi-system disease, for which there is currently no cure. 650 Israelis live with CF, including over 300 children, all of whom require intensive and time-consuming daily treatments, ranging from lung drainage and nebulizer treatments, to medical interventions and daily physiotherapy sessions, in addition to frequent hospital stays for short-term preventative and infection treatments. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Israel (CFFI) provides critical emotional and financial support to all of Israel’s CF patients and their families, enabling them to feel a part of society and experience a better quality of life. 

Founded in 1967 by parents of children diagnosed with CF, the CFFI serves as a physical and emotional support network for people with CF. The organization assists in the acquisition of medical equipment, offers psychological support and ensures every CF patient has access to necessary medical treatment. The CFFI secures funding for for special treatments, medication and other necessities only partly paid for by the Israeli Ministry of Health and HMOs, including support before and after lung transplants, para-medical and psychosocial therapies, educational assistance for children who would otherwise miss school due to hospitalized, financial assistance for medical and nutritional supplements and support workshops for CF patients and their families.

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The Israel Psoriasis Association
The Israel Psoriasis Association is committed to improving the quality of live of people living with psoriasis in Israel, in addition to advocating for their rights. Established in the early 1970s, the Israel Psoriasis Association endeavors to accurately represent psoriasis patients, raise awareness to this disease, its ramifications and associated costs. The association’s volunteers emotionally and financially support people living with psoriasis in Israel by publishing relevant and reliable information on the disease, publicly lobbying for the recognition of innovative treatments and securing deals & hosting activities for psoriasis patients at the Dead Sea, an area known to provide relief from psoriasis symptoms.

The Israeli government currently subsidizes just 50 percent of the already exorbitant costs associated with treating psoriasis, making it hard for psoriasis patients to afford regular and satisfactory medical care. As such, the Israel Psoriasis Association heavily relies on generous charitable donations to help further their projects and help members of lesser means receive the treatment they need. Members of the Israel Psoriasis Association are eligible to receive preliminary, pro-bono legal advice from an attorney specializing in medical issues, to help them obtain as much treatment and support as possible, via legal channels. 

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Israel Parkinson Association
Living with Parkinson’s disease (PD) can be challenging, as can living with someone with PD. The Israel Parkinson Association (IPA) was born of an initiative to raise Parkinson’s awareness and provide critical physical and emotional support to roughly 20,000 Israelis with the chronic, progressive and pervasive central nervous system disease - and their families. 

Focusing on issues critical to people with PD so they can live well, maintain and even improve their quality of life, the IPA engages in a wide variety of Parkinson’s-related activities and services, without earning any profit of their own. These activities include establishing a Parkinson’s hotline support groups, hosting physical and social activities, maintaining relationships with Israeli government officials and lobbying at the Knesset (Israeli Parliament) on behalf of PD patients living in the periphery and other rights. The IPA also runs seminars, workshops and art exhibitions for its members. The organization additionally publishes an informational newsletter, keeping members up-to-date on new activities and medical breakthroughs, serving as a veritable beacon of hope for people with Parkinson’s across the country. Most of the IPA’s activities are funded via generous charitable donations and are recognized for tax purposes under Israeli income tax law.

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Inspired to contribute to the health and wellness of Israel’s population? Donate now and make Giving Tuesday a day of hope.