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Assaf Harofeh Medical Center’s Amazing Female Team!

CHW proudly supports women who are doing remarkable things for society!

Meet Dr. Inbar Hartman, one of these incredible women! Dr. Hartman is a Specialist in Pediatric Neurology and is the Chairperson of the Assaf Harofeh Child Protection Committee.

Recently, Dr. Hartman, along with her colleagues, Ortal Fadida, social worker, and Maya Cooper, organized a conference in partnership with the Haruv Institute to help deal with different areas of abuse and neglect among children who have special needs.

The motivation for this conference arose following the discovery of a frequency of cases of abuse and neglect in children with special needs. Dr. Hartman has dedicated herself to fight and eradicate this issue. She shares, “Abuse is a form of illness as far as children’s diseases are concerned and should not be ignored under any circumstances. The key to successful treatment of children with special needs is early identification. It is important to keep an eye open for suspicious signs of intentional sabotage, neglect or injury to the child, and follow the procedures, along with reporting to the appropriate authorities.” Dr. Hartman and the Committee are seeking to prevent such abuses and ensure to help children who are themselves helpless.

Assaf Harofeh Medical Center along with Dr. Hartman and the team at the hospital are devoted to doing their utmost to find and treat these children in order to bring about real, positive change.

Hadassah Surgeons Saving Syrian Children

Pediatric surgeons from Hadassah Hospital have come together in a joint project with Baruch Padeh Poriya Hospital in Tiberias (northern Israel) to help save Syrian children who are suffering from heart abnormalities that are life-threatening.

This project falls under the umbrella project that is run by the Israel Defense Forces, IDF, called the “Good Neighbor” which aims to build clinics in Syria, and treat sick children in Israel.

The Pediatric Cardiologists and Cardio-Thoracic Surgeons have already seen over 30 Syrian children and adolescents who are suffering from these complex heart defects; and determined that most of the children they have examined will great benefit from undergoing heart surgery.  

Dr. Julius Golander, Pediatric Cardiologist and Head of Hadassah Ein Kerem Surgical Evaluation is working closely with a team of physicians from Padeh Poriya Hospital and the IDF to properly examine the children and ensure to best treat them.   

Dr. Golander shared, “We will make an initial diagnosis and build a treatment plan for anyone who needs cardiac intervention, whether catheterization or surgery at Hadassah Hospital. “The special cooperation between the Hadassah [Hospital] and Baruch Padeh Poriya Hospital is important and will save the lives of these children. Hadassah will make use of our Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Department and the indispensable Pediatric Intensive Care Unit for this special humanitarian project. The children, some of whom have never been properly treated or examined, will come to Jerusalem for the complex surgery and catheterizations at Hadassah [Hospital] and will continue for follow-up at Pedah Poriya Hospital.”

Many of these children are coming to Tiberias with their mothers in a desperate situation. The reality is that without proper medical intervention, the children’s chances of survival is limited.

Domestic Violence in Real Life

Every day, thousands of women suffer from domestic violence. This year in Israel, 12,000 women were treated for abuse in battered women’s centers across Israel.

CHW, along with World WIZO, are leaders in advocating for women’s rights and issues. Both CHW and World WIZO stand for the advancement of women in all aspects of society; aiming our efforts towards helping women living with domestic violence, single mothers, girls-at-risk, and empowering women to become leaders.

That is why we were so connected to this impactful time-lapse video that shows the visual impact of domestic violence on its victim through taking a selfie a day.

While the video is a parody originally created for a Croatian audience, it has had a universal impact and been widely received for the harsh truth it illustrates.

The main message it aims to share is that we must take an active role in preventing domestic violence and the need for intervention.

For more than 100 years, CHW has proudly worked together with World WIZO in supporting women shelters that help victims of domestic violence escape the dangerous world they are in and regain their freedoms.

World WIZO Making an Impact

Watch this powerful video that highlights the remarkable impact that WIZO has on Israeli society, and internationally, to promote and advance women’s’ rights.

As CHW shared, WIZO undertook a special project for International Women’s Day, the installation of a physical glass ceiling in the centre of Tel Aviv. The goal was to encourage women to break the glass ceiling and aim higher.

WIZO’s primary focus is to empower women through eliminating violence against women, promoting women’s rights, ensuring gender equality, and increasing female leaders. CHW supports WIZO in its endeavors through various life-changing projects including women’s shelters, empowerment programs for women and girls, support groups for single parents, and much more.

Every day, WIZO, with the help CHW, is impacting women’s lives.

Breaking the Glass Ceiling (Intl Women's Day)

WIZO raised the bar in central Tel Aviv on International Women's Day by smashing the glass ceiling on gender inequality in a very innovative way. In keeping with the WIZO ethos of elevating the status of women, we, in Israel, are encouraged to aim higher because we can and because we must.

Posted by World WIZO on Monday, March 19, 2018