Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Israeli Medics to Help in the Rehabilitation of Amputees in Haiti

ALYN Hospital experts from Israel are flying to Haiti to assist in the Rehabilitation of Amputeesand begin the next phase of recovery.

Medical professionals from ALYN Hospital – (www.alyn.org) – Israel’s premier rehabilitation center for physically disabled children and adolescents – under the auspices of IsraAID (www.israaid.org), will arrive in Haiti Wednesday, February 17th to examine and evaluate the type and number of injuries an amputations, as well as assess the abilities of the local medical staff in Haiti to carry out the necessary rehabilitation of its people.

The exact number of injuries and amputees in Haiti is still unclear, but experts believe that record numbers of people may have lost limbs either from injuries sustained from building collapses and falling debris or from life-threatening infections contracted in the days and weeks following the quake. As the emergency response shifts from rescue and recovery to rehabilitation in Haiti, Israel is at the forefront again, sending a team of experts who specialize in rehabilitation.

ALYN Hospital has a wealth of expertise in the types of injuries children in Haiti have suffered from as a result of the devastating earthquake, particularly in rehabilitating children with prosthetics, orthopedic injuries, spinal cord injuries and head traumas. “We are terribly saddened by the heartbreaking number of amputees in Haiti, but are grateful for the opportunity to be a part of IsraAID’s mission so that we can lend our expertise in rehabilitation to the people who need it most,” said the Director General of ALYN Hospital. “Our therapists - as part of the IsraAID team will make a ground assessment of the rehabilitation and resources needed. If a decision is made - at some point in time - to bring Haitian children and medical professionals to Israel, ALYN will be honored to open its facility to them in an effort to provide rehabilitation for the injured children and hands-on-training to potential therapists so that they can return to Haiti well equipped to rehabilitate the growing number of injuries.”

This mission is part of a broader mission to Haiti that includes the Israel Center for the Treatment of Psychotrauma of Herzog Hospital and "Tevel b'Tzedek" which would include nation wide post trauma training for international staff and government officials on the ground.


ALYN Hospital is Israel’s premiere comprehensive rehabilitation center for physically disabled children, adolescents and young adults. It is unique in both what it offers and how it offers rehabilitation. All of the necessary rehabilitation services (medical, para-medical and educational) are under one roof and the staff combines expertise with love to help each child reach his or her highest possible levels of mobility an independence.


Tevel b'Tzedek is a pioneering Israeli NGO working on issues of social and environmental justice. It is the first Israeli NGO to bring Israeli and Diaspora Jews together to study and work in developing countries and at home in order to eliminate poverty and develop a Jewish approach to justice in a global world. Tevel b'Tzedek's projects integrate education, youth and women's empowerment, health, agriculture and income generation in order to revive marginalized communities in Nepal, Israel and now Haiti.

20 comments:

bazza said...

Do you think the fact that (presumably) this was a mostly female event helped it to become a reality. Maybe we have something to learn from the women?
PS: I have a step-brother in Haifa.

Haifa Diarist said...

This was not a purely female event. However I do happen to think women can play a very positive role. The problem for the Palestinians is their perception of women is that of a subservient role in society.

bazza said...

Doh! I meant to place the above comment in the Feb 20 post!
It makes more sense there.

Haifa Diarist said...

Yes you are right, however my comments also apply to that blog

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