For over 40 years, the Hebrew University has trained and graduated over 1000 Masters of Public Health graduates from 100+ countries sharing expertise, knowledge and know-how to help make improve public health and save lives in their home countries. Endless case studies exist showing how our alumni positively impact society in many ways and themselves benefit by sharing knowledge in the alumni community
A graduate from Burundi who graduated last year, posted that he has been tasked with drafting the national policy and protocols for COVID-19. He asked if anyone in the group – the World Health Organisation East Africa group – had information they could share. Within three to four hours, alumni from all countries in the large East and Southeast groups had posted their country’s policies, their own experiences, academic links, including a WhatsApp group for the WHO AFRO region whose webinars started yesterday. On the West African side, a Hebrew University alumnus, currently leading on the malaria vaccine Phase 5 trial in Ghana, asked for urgent info re COVID-19. We reposted from the EA group to all other regions. He is very senior but just didn’t have the same networks as the younger alumni. He was thrilled! An alumnus from Colombia remembered her site visit to Magen David Adom two years ago here and wanted to take their info/protocols to the meeting she was having the next day with her Ministry of Health. Hebrew University faculty (despite home-working) were able to forward material to her as well as to her region. The Central American group has now also become very active through these posts.
The British Friends acknowledge the multi-year generosity for Hebrew University International Students by Pears Foundation along with other UK donors. Their support is demonstrably an example of Tikkun Olam in action in line with Einstein’s vision that the Hebrew University would be a centre of learning and research sharing knowledge among all nations.