Tel Aviv PE - Hadassah Hospital Team Up for Medical Mission for Children of OFWs in Israel

 

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04 November 2012, Tel Aviv, State of Israel – The Philippine Embassy in Tel Aviv and volunteer doctors from Hadassah Hospital in Mt. Scopus, Jerusalem, in cooperation with Western Union – Israel Post, conducted a medical mission for children of Overseas Filipino Workers in Israel on Saturday, 03 November 2011.

Accompanied by their parents, around fifty children flocked to the Embassy to avail themselves of free medical consultations, physical check-ups and free vaccinations against flu.

3rdChildrensMedicalMission4The medical team was composed of pediatricians headed by Dr. Alex Gileles-Hillel. Joining the team were Dr. Liya Kerem, Dr. Ira Erlichman and Dr. Mohammad Natour. Hadassah clowns Moshe Tito Twito and Shiri Boyer entertained the children, putting them at ease and dispelling their fears of needles and medical instruments.

Ambassador Generoso D.G. Calonge welcomed the Hadassah Hospital team and thanked them for their untiring support for the Embassy's programs for Filipino children in Israel. He noted that the medical mission was very helpful to the parents as medical services in Israel can be costly, especially for those with no insurance coverage.

3rdChildrensMedicalMission5The concept of a medical mission for children was initiated by the Philippine Embassy and the Pediatric Department of Hadassah Hospital Mt. Scopus in 2010 with the aim of providing free medical consultations and flu vaccinations to children of Filipino workers in Israel.

The resounding success of the first mission on 11 December 2010 led the Filipino community to request for more medical missions, leading to the second medical mission on 14 January 2012 and the third on 03 November 2012.

In true bayanihan spirit, members of the Filipino community and family members of Embassy personnel volunteered as medical assistants, while Western Union donated medical supplies and food for the participants. —END—