Faculty of Medicine in tsfat
Opening up opportunity and transforming the healthcare provision for a whole region.
The Galil is shockingly under-served in its healthcare provision. The area suffers from an acute shortage of doctors, with only 2.2 doctors for every 1,000 Israelis compared with 4.3 in Tel Aviv. And the healthcare problems that exist are part of a wider picture of low income and lack of opportunity across the region.
In 2011, United Jewish Israel Appeal (UJIA) joined forces with Bar Ilan University to embark on a major project – the building of a medical school in the Galil.
The new campus for teaching and research will help to meet the shortage of doctors in the area, as well as promote employment, education and expertise in Israel’s science and technology industry. It has also been a catalyst for upgrading facilities at hospitals across the region, serving both Jewish and Arab communities, and helping to improve their health.
And it’s not just the health of the population that has benefited, but the health of the economy as well, creating many jobs, both directly and indirectly.
Work is already complete on the initial teaching and research facility and it is already breathing new life into the Galil by offering ground-breaking research and bringing back to Israel highly skilled and professional personnel, including those who have left prestigious positions at Yale University and Harvard Medical School amongst others.
UJIA has been a lead supporter of the new medical school, and it is just one of the ways we are supporting education to transform lives in the Galil.
"The life expectancy of people in the Galil is some eight years less than in the centre of Israel; the infant mortality rates are higher here… every mark of health is worse." – Professor Mary Rudolf
Number of young people in the Galil reached by the UJIA-supported Kibbutz Eshbal
Merom Hagalil’s income is almost 40% below the national average
WE SEND MORE THAN 50% OF OUR 16 YEAR-OLDS TO ISRAEL WITH THE UK YOUTH MOVEMENTS EVERY YEAR
Young people sent on UJIA-supported Israel tour, gap year and other Israel experience programmes last year
Decline in size of UK Jewish population since its post-war peak
OF CHILDREN IN NORTHERN ISRAEL LIVE BELOW THE POVERTY LINE.