In Israel World IBD Day provides us at CCFI with a good opportunity to strengthen the IBD community and raise awareness for IBD on a national level. We are extended our activities to a month long series of events:
Discussion with the Minister of Health - the main event was an open and widely publicized discussion with the Minister of Health on three topics that concern the IBD community in Israel
National IBD Patient Event at the Eretz Israel Museum in Tel Aviv is an event which gathered and strengthened the IBD community and our members’ constituency. The new chairman of - Israel Gastroenterology Association (IGA), Prof. Arber spoke at the event. Additional lectures were about new medical technologies, IBD and sexuality and coaching methods for coping with disease. The coaching session was led by Israel’s ‘celebrity’ coach.
Consortium session with IBD specialists - this project is a first time joint event for WID, organized by CCFI with the IBD society within the Israel Gastroenterology Association. CCFI aimed to provide access for patients with especially complex cases, to an unprecedented ad hoc consortium of the best skilled IBD specialist in the country, who volunteered their time for this event.
Raising awareness media campaign via National TV infomercials - a one minute infomercial on symptoms run on Israel’s main three TV channels starting on May 18th. The production of the infomercial was donated to CCFI by the Yoram Bar Advertising agency and the Israeli Television Authority has donated the air time. Our goal is to raise awareness on symptoms for people who suffer from warning signs identified with IBD, but have yet to be diagnosed, and for the general public.
The Children Empowerment Event was a unique two day experience at the "Nitzana Educational Community" in the Negev Desert. This is a joint event of the Shaare-Zedek Pediatric Gastroenterology Unit, and CCFI. Nitzana is situated in the Western part of the Negev desert.
We would like to thank our dynamic General Manger, Ms. Silvi Omer and the many volunteers, donors, supporters, staff and board members that helped materialize ambitious plans and services for the benefit of the estimated 30,000 IBD patients in Israel.
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