Ezer Mizion, the Israel Health Support Organization, offers an extensive range of medical and social support services to help Israel’s sick, disabled, elderly and underprivileged populations. Since its founding in 1979, Ezer Mizion has grown to become one of the largest non-profit organizations in Israel, benefiting over 650,000 people every year.
Ezer Mizion was founded in 1979 by Chananya Chollak. Ezer Mizion has 57 branches throughout Israel, with over 14,000 volunteers.
Ezer Mizion’s diverse line-up of services includes specialized programs for children with special needs, cancer patients, the elderly, the mentally ill and the world’s largest Jewish Bone Marrow Donor Registry .
As of March 1, 2014, the Registry has grown to include 720,874 potential donors! An incredible 290,504 of these potential donors are IDF recruits who joined the registry following a landmark agreement between Ezer Mizion and the Israel Defense Forces whereby new recruits routinely undergo testing as part of their induction process.
Since the establishment of Ezer Mizion’s Bone Marrow Donor Registry in 1998, it has handled thousands of search requests from dozens of transplant centers in 48 countries around the world. Ezer Mizion’s Registry has made 7,008 complete donor-patient matches that have facilitated 1,580 stem cell transplants saving the lives of Jewish patients throughout the world and sparing thousands of people untold anguish.
Today, Ezer Mizion’s Bone Marrow Donor Registry is the largest Jewish registry in the world. Because donors and recipients need to be genetically compatible, Jewish patients generally require Jewish stem cell donors donors. The Registry is a vital resource for thousands of Jewish patients and serves as a safety net for Jews everywhere. Our goal is to reach one million donors in the registry so that we will be able to provide a match for every Jewish patient in need of a stem cell transplant.
To learn more about Ezer Mizion, visit their official website.