ISRAEL’S LARGEST HEALTH SUPPORT ORGANIZATION
Ezer Mizion, the Israel Health Support Organisation, offers an extensive range of medical and social support services to assist Israel’s sick, disabled, elderly and underprivileged populations. Since 1979, Ezer Mizion has grown to become one of the largest non-profit organisations in Israel, benefiting more than 650,000 people annually. Ezer Mizion is supported by more than 11,000 volunteers and has an annual budget of £42 million.
Ezer Mizion’s services include the world’s largest Jewish Bone Marrow Donor Registry and programs for children with special needs, cancer patients, the elderly, and terror victims.
The Bone Marrow Registry
In 1996, Moshe Schayek, a young man desperate for a bone marrow transplant, turned to Ezer Mizion to help find a matching donor. The Cancer Support Division coordinated a bone marrow drive but no match was found among the 5,000 respondents. Sadly, Moshe died but he left a legacy that has enabled hundreds of other sick Jews to live – the Ezer Mizion International Bone Marrow Donor Registry.
As of June 2012, the Registry includes 610,983 potential donors & has made 1,032 lifesaving transplants! An incredible 198,508 of these people are Israeli soldiers who joined following a landmark agreement between Ezer Mizion and the IDF whereby new recruits routinely undergo testing during their induction.
As donors and recipients need to be genetically compatible, Jewish patients generally require Jewish stem-cell donors. Our goal is to reach 1,000,000 potential donors to enable us to provide a match for every Jewish patient in need of a stem cell transplant.