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
School students benefiting from our UJIA JAMS programme in the last year
Our programmes directly reach 11,500 young Jewish lives in the UK each year
YOUNG PEOPLE REACHED BY UJIA IN THE GALIL DIRECTLY EVERY YEAR.
Decline in size of UK Jewish population since its post-war peak
WE SEND MORE THAN 50% OF OUR 16 YEAR-OLDS TO ISRAEL WITH THE UK YOUTH MOVEMENTS EVERY YEAR
Proportion of students at the UJIA-supported Western Galilee college who are women