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ISRAELI TEAM FROM SHEBA

ISRAELI TEAM FROM SHEBA MEDICAL CENTER FIRST TO ARRIVE IN ZAMBIA TO ADDRESS DEADLY CHOLERA OUTBREAK A group of leading medical experts from Israel’s national hospital, Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, delivered emergency relief in Zambia, setting up a treatment center to assist those in need. 176 Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, Israel’s national hospital, has mobilized teams of medical experts and cutting-edge resources to battle the growing and deadly cholera epidemic that has plagued a poverty-stricken neighborhood in Lusaka, Zambia. Sheba Medical Center’s first-response team arrived in Zambia only a few days after the outbreak and were the first and only international medical team to arrive in the African nation for a rescue mission aimed at stopping the outbreak of cholera that, at that time, had already claimed the lives of 54 people. The first response team comprised of Sheba Medical Center physicians who specialize in tropical and traveling medicine, along with water-expert engineers, arrived in Zambia with a clear objective: to survey the situation on the ground by assessing how to best prevent the fatal spread of the disease and protect Zambians from the contaminated water. Sheba Medical Center’s first-response team immediately identified the source of the cholera outbreak and determined that approximately 500.000 people in one of Lusaka’s poorest neighborhoods are being exposed to contaminated water culled from water wells in close proximity to sewage-filled soil. The Israeli experts immediately advised local government officials to prevent the drinking of this contaminated water by blocking all access to the contaminated wells, and helping distribute bottled water. A core priority for Professor Yitzhak Kreiss, Sheba Medical Center’s director general and former Israeli Defense Forces surgeon general, is responding to humanitarian crises effectively with the highest standards of medical care and crisis leadership. “Sheba Medical Center’s humanitarian compassion knows no boundaries, and we deploy teams all around the world to rescue and treat victims in conflict zones or natural disaster situations,” said Prof. Kreiss. “The innovative medical expertise and tactics employed by our experts are today being dedicated to helping the people of Zambia and saving as many lives as possible from the tragic cholera outbreak. Sheba Medical Center’s goal, which echoes the ethos of Israel, is to save lives and make a positive global impact.” A second team from Sheba Medical Center was deployed January 10 to spend two weeks in Zambia. The medical experts treated patients at Lusaka’s National Heroes Stadium, which had been converted into a cholera treatment center. This highly-skilled delegation from Israel’s national hospital included two physicians, two nurses and a lab technician, all of whom have deep experience with international emergency humanitarian rescue missions. The Israel Center for Disaster Medicine and Humanitarian Response at Sheba Medical Center boasts highly experienced specialists who continue to lead the charge in preparing and responding to global humanitarian crises and emergencies. While this is Sheba Medical Center’s first humanitarian mission to Zambia, it has concurrent humanitarian missions operating throughout Africa including in Nigeria and Tanzania. Prof. Kreiss and his team have successfully led life saving humanitarian missions in Puerto Rico, Mexico, Nepal, Haiti and elsewhere. Humanitarian aid has been a part of Sheba Medical Center’s mission since its establishment in 1948. Over the years, Sheba Medical Center has initiated successful projects in all fields of medicine, and has collaborated with national and international organizations in underserved regions. These projects include improvement in patient care, bringing complex patients for treatment back to Sheba, and training local personnel on-site. Born together with Israel in 1948 — both are celebrating their 70th anniversary this year — Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer is the largest and most comprehensive medical center in the Middle East. Sheba is the only medical center in Israel that combines an acute-care hospital and a rehabilitation hospital on one campus, and it is at the forefront of medical treatments, patient care, research and education. As a university teaching hospital affiliated with the Sackler School of Medicine at Tel-Aviv University, it welcomes people from all over the world indiscriminately.

ROLF SACHS FOR DIPLOMATIC WORLD Much too often, I hear from friends and acquaintances “how great the good old times were!”. This attitude does not surprise, but irritates me! We have come a long way in the past centuries, we can travel with ease, to near or far, education has dramatically evolved for most, nutrition has improved dramatically, we can follow or live our interests or tendencies, huge healthcare progresses have been achieved, communication at the touch of a button etc! All of this is obvious, but most forget, that most of these stratospheric advances were achieved in the past century. More importantly we have become more tolerant and understanding, 100 years ago some Catholics would not shake hands with a Protestant! All this stated seems simplistic and, as said, obvious, but if one can reflect to what past times have given us through advances in education, science, technology or the arts, one will be able to assess and envision the future in a much more comforting way! So I firmly believe that we live better than our forefathers, but more importantly, next generations will live, albeit, in a more competitive and crowded, but better world. Of course there are problems to address, probably the biggest being over population and the environment, but hopefully humanity will master itself. As an artist my goals are to help people to be as space free as possible, trying to reach mental freedom and ultimate tolerance. Rolf Sachs Rolf Sachs and Barbara Dietrich, CEO Diplomatic World 177