Good Health and Well-Being
Yad Sarah - Improving Healthcare services to the most vulnerable
In Israel, healthcare is universal and a vital service that the government provides to all residents. Several volunteer organizations specialize in healthcare services to the most vulnerable, including the elderly and people with disabilities. These include Yad Sarah, Israel’s largest volunteer-led social support agency working to fulfill the UN’s 17 SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) by 2030.
About Yad Sarah
Started in 1979, Yad Sarah is Israel’s leading volunteer organization that helps the public by providing compassionate healthcare through lending medical and rehabilitative equipment. It has more than 6,000 volunteers who deliver essential medical services and equipment to the elderly, the sick, children with special needs, and victims of terror attacks. The organization has more than 100 branches across Israel and provides caring assistance to more than half a million Israelis in need.
Below are some of the services offered by Yad Sarah that help in improving the quality of life of people in the country.
One of the significant activities that Yad Sarah involves in is lending of home care items such as wheelchairs, oxygen concentrators, crutches, hospital beds, and more. The equipment is lent for a short time completely free of charge. The items’ borrowers provide a security deposit to the organization and use the equipment for up to three months. Once the borrowers return their items, they receive a full refund of the security deposit.
The organization accepts donations of both new and old equipment from foreign and local donors. Yad Sarah also has resources and exhibition centers. Here, people can view and test home care equipment along with training on using them.
Yad Sarah has specially equipped vans to aid in the safe transport of persons in wheelchairs during doctor’s appointments or any other place the disabled person wants to attend. These provide vital mobility for social occasions, voting, or other errands. The organization also provides transport services to tourists with disabilities. They pick up and return disabled tourists at the airport.
Services for the homebound
Yad Sarah also offers a wide range of services to the elderly and homebound individuals to improve the quality of their lives. The organization offers meals to homebound people in Israel. It collaborates with a catering school and delivers cooked and frozen meals to these individuals’ homes for a nominal fee.
It also offers laundry services to the elderly and homebound people in 3 major cities in Israel. Yad Sarah volunteers pick up dirty bedclothes from such people, clean, iron, and return them at a nominal fee. The volunteers also visit the elderly and homebound people weekly and engage them in activities such as wheelchair outings, computer instruction, handicrafts, and many more.
Yad Sarah and the UN’s SDGs
The services Yad Sarah offers in Israel contributes to the UNs 17 SDGs to attain a bright future for all by 2030. The SDG 3 is to guarantee good health lives and promote well-being for all people of all ages. The world is aging rapidly, and individuals aged 60 years and above make up 12.3% of the global population. Yad Sarah provides services to improve the quality of life for senior citizens in Israel.
Also, SGD’s goal number 10 is to reduce inequalities. The goal aims to ensure healthy living and promote well-being for persons with disabilities. According to the UN, in 43 countries, 42% of people with disabilities perceive their health services as inferior compared to 6% of people without disabilities. The wheelchair transportation services enable easy movement of persons with disabilities during their visit to the doctor and for general errands that are a part of everyday life.
Yad Sarah organization offers services to the most vulnerable populations of Israel mostly the elderly and people with disabilities. The equipment lending, wheelchair transportation, and homebound services are all examples of how Yad Sara is working to fulfill the UN SDG goals and inspire other social impact organizations in Israel and abroad in improving the quality of fellow humans lives.