The COVID-19 pandemic continues to ravage communities worldwide, including Israel and Australia. We look at how Hadassah is supporting a significant number of Israel’s COVID-19 patients. The surge in cases has challenged Israel's leading hospital in unprecedented ways.

Hadassah's resourcefulness is on display in multiple ways, including a clinical trial in partnership with Israel-based manufacturer, SodaStream.  We also look at how Hadassah doctors have scooped major research awards in Israel.  And so much more. 

Please enjoy our August newsletter.


From the President - Ron Finkel AM

 As I write, news from Israel could hardly be worse.  The sabre-rattling on the country’s northern border foreshadows war and all that means for the people of Israel and for its healthcare system. 

While the many declared and undeclared wars that Israel fought since its founding have impacted on its health infrastructure, its hospitals have always been prepared for the worst-case scenario.

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 Bursting the Corona bubble 
Quite apart from new learnings about the epidemiology of viral infections, we are also witnessing a rise in wild theories. But some of these are worth pursuing, including a clinical trial involving Hadassah Hospital and SodaStream.

My brush with COVID-19

Hadassah Australia long-term friend and Committee Member, Michael Krape, discovered the real impact of the our Ethiopian nursing scholarships after an unplanned visit to Hadassah Hospital’s emergency room earlier this year. 

Fellowship in times of COVID

Hadassah-trained medico, Rani Haj Yahya, arrived in Australia in January 2020 just before the coronavirus pandemic struck. He will return after completing advanced training in maternal fetal medicine at the Royal Women’s Hospital. His visit follows a similar route to the one travelled by previous Hadassah Fellows.

Nurses in the Middle East

US-born Julie Benbenishty, Nurse Coordinator of Hadassah Hospital’s Trauma Unit and co-founder of Nurses in the Middle East (NME), is advocating for healthier communities through care, compassion and understanding.

Hadassah researchers secure 75% of Science Foundation awards

Researchers at the Hadassah received six of the eight coveted awards granted this year by the Israel Science Foundation, the Israeli agency that supports breakthrough basic science in various fields of knowledge.

Opening our eyes to the world of an autistic child

Soon after birth, Yitzhak E was diagnosed with severe autism. As he grew, evidence of that autism was more pronounced. But it was only when the young boy had his eyes checked at the age of six, common with all children in Israel at that age, he was found to have lost his sight.

A non-COVID love story

With the chaos surrounding us, you could be forgiven for thinking that every hospital admission is related to COVID-19. In reality, hospitals are dealing with many other critical and chronic issues. Few hold our interest in the same way that a pandemic does, but here is one exception.