About the Lehab Association for Premature Infants
The LAB Association - For Premature Infants in Israel (AR) is a nationwide association established by parents of premature infants, with the aim of promoting and improving the condition of premature infants and their families and the condition of premature infants in Israel, and to work towards reducing the number of premature infants born each year and increasing awareness of the dangers of miscarriages. The association, which is based on volunteers and donations, provides its services free of charge and without conditions to anyone who needs them. The association operates on three main levels:
The Lehab Association for Premature Infants works to promote media and institutional exposure to the issue of premature infants in various ways, including the production of Prematurity Day events, Prematurity Awareness Month, as well as increasing public awareness of the problems of miscarriages and the plight of premature infants through diverse activities in the various media.
Promotion of legislation
The association works to promote legislation related to the rights and well-being of premature babies: social rights vis-a-vis social security (maternity leave, disability rates, educational frameworks), medical rights vis-à-vis the Ministry of Health (designated medicine basket, budget and personnel in the preemie).
Support and assistance
The Lehab Association works for the well-being of premature infants and their families, producing initial training booklets for support and information for the premature parent in hospitalization and towards his release. Operating a website, support groups on WhatsApp and Facebook, and a 24/7 active hotline to answer the questions and needs of parents and families, as well as assistance with the institutional authorities and treatment of individual problems.
Working for the rights of premature babies and their families
Thanks to the association's activities, the rights of premature babies were expanded in Israel, including the extension of paid maternity leave, the expansion of RSV vaccine labels up to week 34, repeated publication of premature babies in the community, disability allowances for premature babies, the establishment of a breast milk bank and more.
Training, information and activation of the hotline
The association produces Initial training booklet For support and information for the parent of a premature infant during hospitalization in a nursery and towards his release and operates a network of contacts in nursery schools throughout the country, for the support and well-being of the parents. The hotline is active 24/7 to answer the questions and needs of parents and their families. We work regularly to assist and provide aids for pumping milk, such as: coolers, donation of pumps and more, and we also assist in representing parents in front of the establishment and handling individual problems.
Preventive treatment against the RSV virus
The Lehab Association for Premature Babies promotes the issue of preventive treatment against the RSV virus in Israel - expanding the scope of eligibility for RSV vaccines from week 28 to week 33 and establishing a fund to assist in exceptional cases.
Raising awareness of the issue of miscarriages in all channels
Promoting media and institutional exposure to the issue of premature babies, including the production of premature birth day events, as well as increasing public awareness of the problems of miscarriages and the plight of premature babies.
Fundraising for the well-being of parents of premature babies, to finance medical aids, vaccinations and more
The association holds a proper management certificate and Article 46 for donations.
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The association's staff
The Lehab Association for Premature Babies is operated and managed from the beginning by volunteers.
Over the years there have been CEOs with a modest salary of half a position for short periods but due to budget considerations the association stopped paying salaries during the year 2010.
In 2012, Romi Shouri was elected chairman of the association on a voluntary basis and since then the association has operated through an array of volunteers. As of 2016, she holds the position of CEO of the association and receives a salary for her work.
Throughout the years of its activity, the association has reached many significant achievements
Extension of paid maternity leave for mothers of premature babies and other babies who were hospitalized at the beginning of their lives, RSV vaccines, promoting the establishment of a breast milk bank in Israel, the Ministry of Health circular for the treatment of premature babies in the community, a special allowance for premature babies and more.
15,000 premature babies are born in Israel every year. Every achievement of the association throughout its years of activity touches in one way or another on every child and every family:
If in the cooler that you receive in Pagia, by contacting a hotline, in assisting in the exploitation of rights, in our various support groups in the various media, in Octopus in Pagia or after it, and also in indirect ways, like all the above rights... which did not exist before.
partners on the way
Association of Neonatologists / National Breast Milk Bank - MDA / Abway / AstraZeneca / The Friendship Fund / Fahn Kena Company - CPA / Materna / Arkin Holdings Ltd. / Harel through the MA Foundation founded by Margot and Ernst Hamburger ( Procter & Gamble / Super Pharm