Zefat Academic College – New School of Nursing
Helping to boost healthcare in a deprived region
Training nurses, improving health
There have been many positive changes in recent years but the Galil remains shockingly under-served in its healthcare provision. At the moment, there are just over half the number of doctors in the Galil as in Tel Aviv, life expectancy is shorter and infant mortality much higher. Crucially, there is a shortage of 6,000 healthcare professionals in the region.
UJIA is playing an important role in turning this around. Since funding the creation of the Galil’s first medical school in Tsfat, we are now committed to support the rebuilding of the School of Nursing at Zefat Academic College (ZAC).
The College is taking the lead in improving the acute shortage of health professionals in Israel and has 2,500 students studying graduate programmes in health sciences, social sciences and the humanities. Crucially, it is the only place in the Galil offering academic degrees in nursing.
The School of Nursing is the largest programme in the college, with a current total enrolment of 276 students. The fact that the student body consists of 95% local residents implies that skills are being retained in the region, with over 70% of graduates working in the Galil in hospitals, clinics and nursing homes.
The nursing programme has an ongoing waiting list and needs to expand to meet the needs of the region. Therefore UJIA, along with partners, is raising money to fund the building of new facilities, including:
– 6 teaching rooms
– 1 large lecture hall
– An auditorium
– Faculty rooms
– Administrative offices
– A conference room
The aim is for the new School of Nursing to open in time for the 2018/19 academic year.
“Every marker for health is worse, for example, there is more diabetes and obesity in this area of the country.” Mary Rudolf, Professor of Public Health at the Faculty of Medicine, Tsfat
Merom Hagalil’s income is almost 40% below the national average
Young people sent on UJIA-supported Israel tour, gap year and other Israel experience programmes last year
OF CHILDREN IN NORTHERN ISRAEL LIVE BELOW THE POVERTY LINE.
Number of youth movements receiving key funding from UJIA
Number of young people in the Galil reached by the UJIA-supported Kibbutz Eshbal
WE SEND MORE THAN 50% OF OUR 16 YEAR-OLDS TO ISRAEL WITH THE UK YOUTH MOVEMENTS EVERY YEAR