Five physicians from Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center recently brought medical equipment to Kathmandu and shared their expertise on women’s and children’s health with the medical staffs of two local hospitals.

Sponsored by the Embassy of Israel in Nepal, the Israeli team led a week of workshops and continuing medical education courses in neonatology, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology. They taught the Nepali medical professionals how to use the new lifesaving technologies they donated.

Senior gynecologist Dr. Ronit Almog said this was the fifth such foreign delegation sent out by Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center in the past year.

“Our aim is to reduce fetal and maternal morbidity and mortality in developing nations,” she said. “We met warm and welcoming medical teams and had a great cooperation. We saw a very good health level and system in Nepal and look forward to future mutual cooperation.”

Dr. Shyam Sundar Dhaubhadel, founder and president of Siddhi Memorial Foundation – which provides accessible healthcare services for women and children through Siddhi Memorial Hospital– compared the two nations to siblings. “Nepal is a toddler; Israel is a grown-up sister that has to share her expertise.”

Wheelchairs of Hope were donated to Nepalese children by the Israeli Embassy in Nepal in August 2019. Photo courtesy of the Embassy of Israel in Nepal

In August, Israeli Ambassador to Nepal Benny Omer arranged for the donation of colorful, lightweight Israeli-made Wheelchairs of Hope to Nepalese children at Patan Community Based Rehabilitation Organization.

“The Embassy hopes that the kids will get access to mobility with this small contribution which, will also give them a sense of freedom,” said Deputy Chief of MissionTal Shvartsman.