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The forum for premature infants in Israel


About 9%- of all babies in Israel are born prematurely (premature). This is about 16,000 babies every year*.
"Premature", according to the definition of the Ministry of Health, is any baby born before the 37th week of pregnancy. Premature babies are at risk of severe morbidity and medical complications. Some do not last long and die in the hospital. The others do not receive the care they deserve, causing great suffering to them and their families. This population of premature babies are at high risk of severe morbidity and even death, even in the late weeks of birth.
Unlike children born on time. The premature is not only a "baby that needs to grow" but he may suffer from the immaturity of various systems such as the nervous system, the respiratory system, improper development of organs and systems, poor development and more. Also, a preemie who develops infections is four times more likely to develop cerebral palsy and disabilities.
Unfortunately, about 50%- of the deaths of babies in Israel are the product of miscarriages. The mortality rate of premature infants weighing 500-1000 grams in Israel is among the highest among developed countries and stands at approximately 40%-, this is compared to 30%-percent in the USA and only 20%-percent in Australia and Germany.
Even if premature babies "survive" the morbidity and medical complications, they are required to continue treatment and special medical follow-up. The problem is that premature infants are not recognized in Israel as newborns with special needs and therefore do not receive optimal follow-up and treatment upon their release from premature birth into the community. The damage of the poor follow-up can be discovered even many years after the birth and sometimes they are even irreversible.
In addition, their parents face a difficult and unique struggle in itself. Insufficient maternity leave, loss of working days, reserves, special equipment and more. Also, there is a continuous shortage of neonatologists, which endangers the continued existence of this profession. A severe shortage is also felt in nursing standards, something that severely affects infection rates from infections of premature babies in piglets and even increases the mortality rate.
Parents of premature babies are exposed to anxiety and stress arising from uncertainty about their child's future. Most premature babies lack the infrastructure to allow parents to be part of the team caring for and supporting their child.
The State of Israel must provide for the special needs of premature infants and their families.
The Forum for Premature Children in Israel was founded on this basis.

* The number of births in Israel is constantly increasing. According to the CBS data, in 2012 there were 170,940 births and in 2013 there were 171,444 births

The forum for premature infants in Israel

The Forum for Premature Babies in Israel was established on September 1, 2011 with the aim of uniting forces and cooperating for the sake of newborns in Israel. It is a representative, non-profit organization, whose main purpose is to raise awareness and put all issues relevant to the health and quality of life of premature babies and their families in Israel - on the public agenda. The forum operates on the basis of a central agenda and takes steps to implement it. Its main goals are: (1) raising awareness and (2) improving the health and well-being of premature infants and their families.
Its main actions:
• Raising awareness.
• The marking of the International Day of Prematurity in Israel, every year.
• Collecting annual data and publishing the annual report on the condition of premature infants.
The members of the forum:
• MK Orli Levy-Abacsis, chairman of the committee for the rights of the child and coordinator of the issue of premature infants and newborns in the Israeli Knesset. The chairman of the forum.
• LAH - the association for premature infants in Israel
• The Association for Neonatology and Pediatrics in Israel
• Senior doctors and directors of newborn and premature wards throughout the country
The forum's activity is supported through grants and sponsorships from organizations and companies. However, it is clarified that the forum for premature babies in Israel is
The sole responsible for initiating the activities, the publications and the communication surrounding them, including the contents and materials related to these activities.


The main topics on the agenda of the forum and International Prematurity Day in Israel

1. Quality care for newborns and premature babies during their hospitalization:
1.1 Severe shortage of professional medical staff, infrastructure and equipment (including paramedical services).
1.2 Determining agreed standards including recognition of preemies as intensive care units and their regulation accordingly.
1.3 The absence of a breast milk bank, which is essential in preventing morbidity and shortening the duration of hospitalization in small premature babies.
1.4 Funding the treatment of premature infants and its designation for this purpose.
1.5 Protecting premature babies and ensuring the safety of premature babies in an emergency.
2. Continued follow-up and proper treatment of premature babies after discharge from the hospital:
2.1 The continuation of treatment, developmental follow-up and accessibility in the community.
2.2 Discrimination of premature infants in insurance.
2.3 Social and other needs.
(RSV)" 2.4 Prophylactic treatment against "prematurity virus

Report on the situation of premature babies in Israel

The report on the condition of premature infants is published by the "Forum for Premature Infants in Israel", and provides a comprehensive (5-year) comparative review of the condition of premature infants in Israel. The report is published every year and refers to the various aspects related to the health and quality of life of premature infants and their families, starting with initial care and follow-up the development that the newborn receives, including the social conditions to which premature infants and their families are entitled. It refers, among other things, to the level of mortality, the quality of medical care and the social rights received by premature babies and their parents.
2012-11 Years: 2008-2012 [Link] Report on the condition of premature infants 01
2013-11 Years: 2013-2009 [Link] Report on the status of premature infants 02
2014-11 Years: 2014-2010 [Link] Report on the status of premature infants 03

International Prematurity Day

Celebrated around the world during the month of November, (World Prematurity Awareness Day) ""The international awareness day for premature babies every year. This day is marked with the aim of raising the level of awareness among the general public about the special needs of babies born before their time (premature babies), putting on the government's agenda the issues that require state care, as well as collecting donations and coordinating other activities for the purpose of improving the health and quality of life of premature babies and their families.
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Israel also marks the day of premature birth, since 2009. The Knesset of Israel dedicates a special plenary discussion to this day and relevant issues are brought up for discussion in the various Knesset committees. The due date is also a platform for supporting legislation and monitoring the issues surrounding the issue. She leads the activities of Yom Peg in the Knesset of Israel MK Orly Levy-Abacsis in collaboration with LHB association andThe Israeli Association for Neonatology, which together form the "Forum for Premature Infants in Israel", which is also responsible for other activities within the framework of this day, which are also carried out in the media arena, in the hospitals and through other activities and events.
This day is an important global opportunity to discuss the many difficulties and risks associated with premature babies, as well as to promote the needs of the families of premature babies and the medical staff who care for them.

Activity support - sponsorships

Similac site    Materna website    Beit Apers website    Productions site 10
Michal Hanig site  Shakti Gorodetsky's Facebook page    Roni's Dough Facebook page 
to the website of AbbVie

Additional sponsors of the association:

AbbVie Began as the leading pharmaceutical company Abbott, which was founded in 1888 by the physician Dr. Wallace Abbott from Chicago. Since then, Abbott has evolved into a leading global healthcare provider, providing pharmaceutical, nutritional, diagnostic and therapeutic products to people in more than 150 countries.
Link to the website of AbbVie
The Medela company understands the importance of breast milk in premature babies. We know that the composition of breast milk makes a significant contribution to the development of premature babies. At Medela, they created an activation card for the Symphony breast pump, adapted for use by premature babies, in order to activate the milk production mechanism and preserve it. We are happy to rent our breast pumps to mothers so that they can continue to pump with a quality pump even when they are out of labor. Our website has a section dedicated to premature babies with research and innovations in the field of breastfeeding premature babies.
Madela site

The WeBe company was founded and operates out of an ambition to improve the quality of life of premature babies and their parents. Therefore, it is important for us to support and strengthen the work of the LAH association for premature babies in making information available to the parents of premature babies, accompanying them - in particular in the transition from the premature baby to home, and in providing aids that will make it possible to improve the quality of life of the premature baby, and as a direct result - that of his parents and the staff caring for him.
WeBe site
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Eitan Liraz International Law Firm Eytan Liraz & Co. Law Offices
For several years now, we have been contributing legal consulting services to all the association's activities.
We thank them from the bottom of our hearts.
the site of Eytan Liraz & Co. Law Offices
Dr Einat Hollander She is a single mother of premature twins who were born at 33 weeks and were in the "Lis" and "Sha'ari Tzedek" nursery. Processing the experience gave rise to Einat, a creative musician, a song called "Givor" which deals with premature babies from the perspective of the parents. Einat donated "Hero" to the association for the purpose of raising awareness and raising donations, and formed a whole team that made the vision a reality: a song and a clip that will henceforth represent the association and accompany it in its activities.
LINKTONE is a kind of small website dedicated entirely to one song. With one click on the link, the editor, broadcaster, or reporter will hear the song and can download it using a username and password to the system.
The LINKTONE that arrives via email, carries the song along with all the PR material, which the artist wants to transfer to the media - photos, communiques, texts, credits and even music videos.
It has never been so easy, pleasant, high-quality and aesthetic to send music to the radio.
It has never been so easy, pleasant, high-quality and aesthetic to receive music from the field.
Beyond a significant reduction in costs, there is also a saving in paper and plastic, which makes the LINKTONE environmentally friendly.
Lincoln's website
Singold is a content distribution company in New Media. The company distributes and collects profits for songs in the internet and mobile music stores in Israel and around the world. Singold represents more and less known artists - whether you started singing yesterday or whether you are a seasoned artist who has already plowed the stages, with us you will find a warm and fair home for your songs. to the Singold site
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Dan Stromer - Design, building websites and digital media
With over 12 years of experience in the internet industry, focusing on the design and construction of websites, interfaces and internet applications, the studio provides a comprehensive and complete solution for internet marketing tools, combining concept building, through design, construction, statistical analysis and more.
Link to the website of Dan Stromer 

We call on other bodies and companies to contribute to this important activity.
Sponsorship Request Letter [link]
For donations and assistance - please contact the LAH association by phone: 03-9533935 or via email

It is hereby clarified that the Forum for Premature Infants in Israel is solely responsible for the production of Prematurity Day, its contents, goals and activities in Israel.

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