On October 16, mayors from around the world representing Bolivia, Bosnia, Cameroon, Cote D’ivoire, Croatia, Denmark, Dominica, Ecuador, Estonia, Ethiopia, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Guinea, Haiti, India, Ireland, Lithuania, Malawi, Peru, Poland, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Tanzania, Uganda, Uruguay, and the United States, participated in a special program at the Hadassah Medical Center while in Israel for the biannual Jerusalem International Conference of Mayors, sponsored by The American Jewish Congress.
Mayor Gilberto Kassab of San Paulo, Brazil visited the Hadassah Medical Center at the end of October, during his very first visit to Israel, accompanied by political advisers and health officials.
Prof. Shmuel Shapira, Deputy Director General of the Hadassah Medical Center, traveled to Costa Rica this past fall to give several days of lectures on various aspects of terrorism and terror medicine.
Fourteen physicians from Marseilles, France, belonging to a physicians’ association entitled MOUJICA (Medecins Orientaux Juifs, Italiens, Corses, Armeniens) visited the Hadassah Medical Center in October, where Dr. Sara Shapira, a Hadassah psychologist, and Michelle Haouzi-Bashan, Head Nurse of the Hadassah AIDS unit, addressed the delegation.
About 80 members of a French group of Free Masons entitled L’etoile de la Paix were briefed during their visit to the Hadassah Medical Center by Dr. Guy Raphaeli, a Hadassah neurologist, and Monique Cohen, who having served as an oncology nurse at Hadassah for four years, described her experience.
Hadassah International is pleased to welcome Øyvind Bernatek, the new President of Norway’s “Help the Jews Home,” an organization that has supported the Hadassah Medical Center and Hadassah International for decades.
Prof. Shlomo Maayan, head of Hadassah’s AIDS Center, recently participated in a four-day international dialogue in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on Israel and Ethiopia’s fruitful partnership in HIV/ AIDS research, training, and clinical practice.
Under the guidance of a Haaretz newspaper cartoonist, Hanoch Fiban, and with a donation from Roche Pharmaceuticals (Israel) Ltd., Hadassah provided an opportunity for cancer patients, their families, and the staff who care for them, to express their feelings by creating their own art collages, using buttons, lentils, quinoa, dried mushrooms, and bottle tops.
By Judy Siegel-Itzkovich
November 10, 2007
Could it be that microscopic human embryos five or six days old were meant to be the source of "spare parts" for adults and children suffering from chronic or degenerative diseases such as Parkinson's, type I diabetes, multiple sclerosis, spinal paralysis and coronary insufficiency? Lines of human embryonic stem cells (hESC), which were first derived in 1998, have not yet been transplanted into a single patient, but Prof. Benjamin Reubinoff - one of the world's leading hESC researchers - is optimistic that they will begin to fulfill their potential in a few short years.
The Hadassah Medical Center and the Jerusalem AIDS Project have teamed up to help stop the spread of HIV in Africa, beginning with a pilot project in Swaziland that promotes the use of male circumcision as a preventive measure.