26 medical equipment lending centers planned for Europe's Jews before year's end

Free medical equipment lending network for Jewish communities starts roll-out across Europe.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Free Medical Equipment for lending in the first charity center
Free Medical Equipment for lending in the first charity center
Sergey Mamay

One of the most pressing needs faced by many Jewish communities across Europe in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis was the severe shortage of medical equipment to care for community members who were discharged from hospitalization and were recuperating at home due to restrictions and the pressures on the health care systems.

"The lending of medical equipment in the format used in Israel does not exist in many European countries and many members of the community simply could not afford to purchase the equipment. We identified this need arose from almost all our conversations with community leaders whose members contracted the disease,” said the European Rabbinical Centre’s General Director, Rabbi Aryeh Goldberg, which operates within the framework of the European Jewish Association (EJA)

He continued: “After a needs-based survey across the continent, we compiled a diverse list of equipment that will serve the members of the communities - free - from birth to old age," says Rabbi Goldberg.

Rabbi Yossi Beinhaker, VP of the European Rabbinical Center and project manager, said that each charity center boasts over 300 items, including: oxygen generators, wheelchairs, bathing chairs, crutches, rollers, breast pumps, cots, TENS devices, blood pressure monitors and dozens more. In addition, the charity centers will also provide a maintenance service for the preservation, sterilization, and repair of non-perishable medical equipment and accessories, and will manage a logistical system for the distribution and collection of the equipment and accessories to and in the homes of community members in need.

"The first charity center on the network is already operating in the Ukrainian city of Odessa and more branches will open in the coming weeks. By the end of 2021, 26 charity centers will be lending medical equipment in the following countries: Ukraine, Belarus, Bulgaria, Latvia, Romania, Poland, Croatia, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Georgia, and Montenegro,” said Rabbi Beinhaker.

The chairman of the European Jewish Association, Rabbi Menachem Margolin, congratulated the staff of the European Rabbinical Centre on the professional and rapid response to the needs of the communities in implementing the initiative, and announced that the association maintains contacts with medical professionals in various European countries.

“The inauguration of the first center in Ukraine is an exciting milestone,” said Chairman of the Association of Holocaust Survivors in Odessa, Schwartzman Roman Markowitz. “Holocaust survivors were already given hot meals but, in many cases, could not get up from bed and go to the kitchen to eat them. Now, thanks to the Centre, we can also get free medical equipment.”

In the pictures: Free Medical Equipment for lending in the first charity center on the network in the Ukrainian city of Odessa

Free Medical Equipment for lending in the first charity center on the network in the Ukrainian city of Odessa Sergey Mamay
Free Medical Equipment for lending in the first charity center on the network in the Ukrainian city of Odessa Sergey Mamay


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