December 2017

NEWSLETTER

Hadassah Hospital opens its doors to everyone, irrespective of race, religion, nationality or ethnicity. Hadassah is a microcosm of peace in the region, earning it a Nobel Peace Prize nomination in 2005.

December 2017

NEWSLETTER

Hadassah Hospital opens its doors to everyone, irrespective of race, religion, nationality or ethnicity. Hadassah is a microcosm of peace in the region, earning it a Nobel Peace Prize nomination in 2005.

Hadassah Australia wishes you and your family a

Happy Chanukah

Hadassah Australia
wishes you and
your family a

Happy
Chanukah

SEARCHING FOR A CURE – MS

Mark Lewis is a high profile British investigative attorney, who was instrumental in exposing the News of the World phone tapping scandal in 2011. Mark travels from London to Jerusalem every six weeks to have treatment for multiple sclerosis, under Prof Karussis, Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Center at Hadassah’s Department of Neurology.

Mark’s remarkable battle with MS is captured in a documentary that premiered in November in the UK, ‘The Search for a Miracle Cure’. It documents his experiences as he participates in clinical trials at Hadassah. Watch Mark’s recent interview on BBC Breakfast.

The exciting findings, seen so far in Hadassah’s clinical trials, may change the face of neurological disease. Promising results in MS are likely to have application for treatment in other cases of brain degeneration, such as ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or Lou Gehrig’s disease), Alzheimers, Parkinson’s, stroke and spinal trauma.

In early March 2018 Hadassah Australia will embark on a campaign entitled ‘Stem Neurological Disease’ to raise money for this research. We will be bringing both Prof Karussis and Mark Lewis to Australia for a number of engagements.

To register your interest in the research or the campaign please contact Shelana Silver shsilver@hadassah.org or call 0414 941 413

Mark Lewis
View Mark’s recent interview on BBC Breakfast

HADASSAH’S NEW NICU IS FIRST OF ITS KIND IN ISRAEL

Neonatal being treated at Hadassah Hospital

Tiny patients with big problems are now being treated in the new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem – the first of its kind in Israel.Most babies admitted to the NICU are premature, have a low birth weight, and/or special conditions that need immediate specialised care.

Typically, they are so small you could hold each one in your palm – if they weren’t attached to so many tubes and life-saving devices. The innovative NICU combines advanced technology with private rooms and dedicated multidisciplinary health care professionals, including a nutritionist and physical therapist.

One of the current patients at Hadassah’s new NICU, is a baby boy who needs urgent surgery to correct a faulty connection between his oesophagus and trachea. Air flows into his stomach instead of his lungs. His distraught parents are counting on Hadassah’s team of experts to save him.

“Bonding with a sick infant is crucial,” says Hadassah’s NICU Director, Professor Eventov-Friedman. Hadassah’s new NICU was set up with this in mind, and enables parents to be an integral part of their premature baby’s care.

Close to 13,000 babies were born at Hadassah last year. Because Hadassah is a referral centre for high-risk pregnancy, there is a spiralling need for intensive care, explains Dr. Benjamin Bar-Oz, head of Hadassah’s Neonatology Department.

Huge leaps in neonatal care have enabled sophisticated interventions that save babies’ lives and improve their quality of life – previously these babies would have had a slim chance of surviving. “A child born with low weight or the need for surgical or subspecialist intervention has as good a chance of survival at Hadassah as in any top medical centre in the world,” says Professor Eventov-Friedman.

HADASSAH’S HEAD MEDICAL CLOWN BRINGS EXPERTISE TO LOS ANGELES

The head of Hadassah’s Medical Clown unit, DuSH Barashi, together with his fellow clown, Rotem Goldenberg, travelled to Los Angeles as part of the I Clown You Project. They conducted a weeklong series of workshops, events, hospital visits and seminars. The project aims to increase awareness in the United States about the importance and value of professional medical clowning.

The Medical Clowns visited UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, gave a seminar at the UCLA anthropology department and workshops at the UCLA and USC drama departments, and spoke at the UCLA Center for Israel Studies. Barashi also lectured and gave a master class at American Jewish University.

Hadassah’s medical clowns help children to cope with the anxiety that can be experienced when in hospital.  This enables the medical staff to focus their time on performing other essential tasks.

Head of paediatrics at Hadassah, Professor Eitan Kerem said, “I have witnessed time and again the medical clown’s ability to reduce anxiety and stress in children, both before and during procedures. I cannot stress enough the importance of this program and its continued support.”

Clowning around at Sinai Temple in Los Angeles. Photo courtesy of I Clown You

PROJECT ROZANA MISSION ENDS ON A HIGH

The first international mission to Israel by directors of Project Rozana affiliates set a benchmark that participants agree will be hard to beat.

The mission ran from November 4 – 8 and included representatives of Project Rozana Australia, Canada, USA, Israel and the Palestinian Territories. The Directors met the leadership at key partner hospitals – Hadassah and Augusta Victoria in Jerusalem and Sheba in Tel Aviv. Their evident commitment to working with Project Rozana was reflected in the joint planning that is being undertaken to implement a number of significant programs in training and treating.

Additional highlights included meeting students and professional staff of the World Vision-funded Binational School of Psychotherapy at Hadassah, a tour of An Najah University Hospital in Nablus conducted by its CEO, Dr Saleem Haj-Yahia, meeting with families who are supported by Road to Recovery, and Israeli Palestinian volunteer groups who are providing psycho-social support to Palestinian patients in Israeli hospitals.

The mission also visited the Erez Crossing on the border of Israel and Gaza to meet some of the volunteer drivers and to gain a better understanding of how Road to Recovery works, and a tour of the Children’s Hospital at Sheba Medical Center in Ramat Gan where 50% of hospital beds are routinely occupied by young patients from the West Bank and Gaza.

The mission was coordinated by Ron Finkel AM, Chair of Project Rozana Australia and Project Rozana International.

“It’s hard to imagine a more successful mission than this,” Mr Finkel said. “We met inspirational Israelis and Palestinians who have risen above the sectarian divide because of their shared belief that health is the best approach to achieving a mutually-beneficial future.

“It was four intense and at times difficult but ultimately inspiring days that fuelled our dedication to continue working to realise the Project Rozana mission of training, transporting and treating Palestinians with the support of the Israeli health and medical communities.”

Opening dinner in Jerusalem – PR Directors and guests
Dr Jamal Rifi, Abu Naim (grandfather), Muhi, Riad (Sheba Hospital)
PR Directors and Road to Recovery leadership at Erez crossing
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