Volunteering in Israel

CHEN: Patient Fertility Association

CHEN was established to assist people with fertility problems in Israel.
CHEN was founded in 1998 by a couple after their two children were born, both following long treatments and by egg donations.

According to medical statistics there are about 160,000 couples (about 10 percent) with fertility problems in Israel. In Israel, the socio-cultural standard encourages every one to have children. CHEN was named after my late father, who passed away just three weeks before my eldest son was born. The CHEN association is based on voluntary manpower only. Currently there ate 25 activists on the board and the executive team . The association has 700 couples as members.

Our main activity areas are:

Personal support -  We have an hot line to help people by listening to their problems and provide them with encouragement, information, advice and moral support, by talking with people that understand their situation from first hand. We have support groups for patients and for their families.

Health Service Providers & Government - We help our members to cope with the Health Service Providers, that sometimes do not supply the needed treatments and medications, that are covered by the National Health Bill. We are campaigning so the government will update the National Health Bill so it will include new medications & treatments.

Legislative  - We are working to submit  new laws and regulations regarding Infertility.On our agenda today is to change the regulations regarding egg donation. In Israel only a woman that is in the IVF process can donate her eggs. Because of that, there are today 5,000 women waiting for an egg donation and the waiting time is between 6-12 months.  The law we submitting will allow that every woman that wants to donate eggs to do so. To achieve this purpose we are lobbying the Israeli parliament members for their support and we are doing a lot of PR work in the media.                                              

Support groups - We organize support groups for patients and their families and lectures all over Israel.

Legal help & advice -  We provide free legal advice by our volunteer lawyers.

International activities We are part of ICSI the international  board of patients fertility associations, support countries that are less progress in the fertility field and part of international surveys and research  activities.

For more information:

Email: amotat_c@netvision.net.il

Tel: 972-3-5050345

Webiste: www.netvision.net.il/~chen



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