Mobile Health and Rights Center
- The YEDID Mobile Health and Rights Center began operation in June 2005, with the support and financial backing of Pfizer-Israel. The Mobile Center is part of Pfizer-Israel's community project, "The Right to Health is in Your Hands."
- This is the first venture of it kind. The Mobile Center provides preventive medical exams, information concerning health services, and information about other social rights. The program targets low-income residents of the periphery.
- The Mobile Center visits the peripheral cities of Israel with the goal of exposing residents to preventive medicine through a wide variety of health exams including blood pressure, height, weight, and sucrose and cholesterol levels. In addition, the Mobile Center offers individualized information concerning the residents' rights to health care and other citizen's rights issues.
- The Mobile Center's goal is to empower and strengthen the residents of the periphery in the area of personal health, help them navigate their way through the national health system, and provide information about health care rights.
- During 2009, the Mobile Center concentrated its visits on villages and towns in the North of Israel, including the villages in the Jezreel Valley area, Carmiel, Shefaram, Tamra, Sakhnin, and Upper Nazareth.
- One of the main services of the Mobile Center is providing information about various social rights. Since its inception, the Center has served about 90 clients each month.
- About 45% of the clients served in 2009 received assistance with health issues, including those who received medical exams. The remainder of cases dealt with other social issues, such as the National Insurance Institute, the Repossession Authority, the legal system, housing rights, and more.
- Through providing routine health exams, dozens of clients were diagnosed with high blood pressure and were immediately referred to their family doctors for continued care. Volunteers from the Mobile Center are following up with these clients to ensure that they receive the medical care they require.
- In order to make its services widely accessible, the Mobile Center conducts special informational sessions in convenient locations, such as community centers and shopping centers.
- From January to October 2009, 3,515 men and women received medical testing at the Mobile Health and Rights Center. In addition, 515 clients received assistance regarding other social rights.
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A single mother of 8-year-old twins came to the
A resident of the village of Mazra in the Western Galilee turned to the
A young pregnant woman from Shefaram asked the
A single mother from Afula in a difficult financial situation participated in a Financial Management course, and as a result of the course, she realized the seriousness of her financial crisis. She was in debt to six banks and had no control of her income and expenses. At the end of the course, a personal consultant helped her reschedule her payments and adjusted her personal budget. She was also received assistance in finding a better-paying job.