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Everyone deserves a hug

Connecting the dots

People have always been forcedto cope with illness that alienated them from society. Our goal is to standbeside patients, support them and renew their connection to their community. Weknow that people are different and have different needs. This is what we arehere for; we look at people holistically and strive to address the needs ofpatients and their families through personal encounters and referrals tocommunity solutions.

We believe the whole is greaterthan the sum of its parts. Every individual, every organization, is a worldonto itself. But once connected, new worlds are revealed. Just as health ismore than just medicine, people are more than just a living body; People haveemotional and social needs. Addressing these can promote one’s welfare andbenefit society as well.

Communities thrive when theysupport the individuals they are made up of; engaging them and enabling them togive back to the community.

Connecting is not only our role and a significant part ofour identity; it is also the foundation for the value we provide to ouraudiences.

So how do we hug?

Hibuk – Linking health and community


We believe
that by providing broad, comprehensive solutionsfor patients in their homes, we can significantly improve their quality oflives and the lives of their caregivers, and possibly their health as well.Hundreds of initiatives, organizations and volunteers are out there, willingand ready to help. There are public services as well, and the business sectoris often engaged and willing to contribute to the community. On the other hand,there are thousands of patients with needs that go unaddressed, who are notfamiliar with the various organizations and how they may be approached, whorefrain from turning to them due to various obstacles.

How does the project operate?
Initially, HMO nurses refer students of medicine andpara-medicine professions - such as nursing, social work, manual therapy andphysiotherapy - to patients’ homes, to begin the process of getting to know thepatients and mapping out their needs. Following an initial conversation,students contact the relevant community aids, such as NGOs, municipal volunteercoordinators, civil society organizations, corporate community engagementcoordinators, as well as, of course, public health services, and coordinatetheir outreach to the patient.


WIN WIN WIN
The initiative’s purpose is to create value for all thosewho partake in it:First and foremost, patients’ and caregivers’ needs areaddressed along with the hardships that stem from the necessity to cope withthe burden of chronic disease and caring for the patient at home.Secondly, participating students of medical and para-medicalprofessions are compensated by a scholarship and academic points. Through theirparticipation in the project, they learn the complexity of caring for a patientin the community and are able to begin their career with a broader perspectiveon their profession. Thirdly, organizations that students turn to are able toreach their target audiences. Fourthly, through students’ connection and the improvementof patients’ lives, the HMOs and the State benefit from a reduced load,enabling the system to provide better, more professional service to patients inneed of medical care.

Target audience
The initiative’s target audienceis made up of patients with chronic diseases who are unable to, or struggle to goout of their homes. These are mostly senior citizens from of low socio-economicstratums, who are unable to extract their rights. As part of the organization’sgoals, we strive to focus our activity on the social and geographicalperiphery.

Stories from the field

Improving eyesight with Hibuk

Mor and Noa, nursing students who participate in Hibuk for ascholarship, arrived at the home of a patient who has no family to care forher. For years, she was barely able to see anything, since she was unable to reachand fund vision tests. Mor and Noa managed to attain funding by contacting thewelfare authorities in the city and accompanied the patient to an optometrist’sclinic to purchase a new pair of glasses.

Hibuk on wheels

A physiotherapy student who participates in Hibuk helped apatient benefit from transportation services that now enable him to comfortablyarrive at a clinic for his health check-ups.

We won’t let you fall down

Daniel, a medical student at Ben-Gurion University, visiteda patient who told him she fell twice in the bathroom in the past two years.Daniel contacted the Eitan Moshavech NGO, and they sent Omer to installa safety handle in the bathroom and toilet. The patient was very touched fromtheir help.

Hibuk from nurses’ point of view

Wahid is a dialysis nurse who works in a primary clinic inSouth Tel Aviv. He is the nursing manager in an HMO and a clinical guide at theIchilov Hospital. When he heard about Hibuk, he decided to join and assist theinitiative as much as he can. His clinic is located at the heart of a lowsocio-economic neighborhood, and Wahid felt that he has much to contribute, andthat many of his patients have much to gain from the Initiative.
When seeing his patients, Wahid checks their condition and,after coordinating with their physician, connects between them and Hibuk’sstudents. “I like to help people, especially the population I work with. Ibelieve that through Hibuk we may reach out to many patients that have a lot tobenefit from proper guidance and help, and improve their health and theirsocial and mental condition. I am glad to partake in the initiative whichcontributes so much to
the community.”

Wahid is only one of the many nurses who worked with us thisyear, collaborating and partaking in Hibuk’s value and purpose.

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