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About Hadassah by: Leslie Bunder
FILED UNDER SOMETHINGISRAELI >> Health & Lifestyle

Hadassah
Hadassah

Until Ariel Sharon went in to Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem, much of the world knew very little of this pioneering medical facility.

As the world's media waited outside to report and update on Mr Sharon's stroke treatment, Hadassah received probably its biggest amount of awareness since it was first built.
 
The Hadassah Media Center is part of the overall Hadassah organisation, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America. The organisation was founded in 1912 by American Henrietta Szold who was concerned about the poverty and poor conditions she found people in Jerusalem.  From 1913 onwards regular help and support started to arrive which over time evolved into building a hospital and providing other medical facilities.
 
For over 90 years, Hadassah has not just been helping people in Israel but also throughout the world with its pioneering medical research.
 
It has developed a vaccine to complement and strengthen treatment against HIV.  Announcing the development in January 2005, Dr Rivka Abulafia-Lapid said: “Our aim was to strengthen the immune system. The vaccination treatment complements the antiviral by stopping the body from continuing to destroy itself.”
 
It has also done much research into Parkinson's Disease by using human embryonic stem cells to try and find ways to combat this debilitating condition.
 
For more information: www.hadassah.org.il/English



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