Children playing at a nursery 311 .
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
The cabinet on Sunday unanimously approved a major and comprehensive coordinated
plan to promote child safety and bring down the number of deadly and disabling
accidents by 35 percent by 2020.
The proposal was presented by the Health
Ministry and inspired by Beterem, the National Center for Child Safety and
Health, which reported that 500 Israeli children are taken to hospital emergency
rooms each day, and 24,000 are hospitalized and nearly 150 die in an average
year. Accidents include road accidents, falls, drownings, unintentional
poisonings, burns and other preventible incidents.
Deputy Health Minister
Ya’acov Litzman said: “Our children are our future. Responsibility for their
safety has to be at the top of our priorities.
Unfortunately, the vast
majority of such incidents could have been prevented by alertness and
carefulness. We as parents, a society and a state must prevent risk to
The cabinet approval was to map out the current situation, plan a
multi-year program for child safety, and present the document to the government
within a year.
Ministry director-general Prof. Ronni Gamzu will set up an
interministerial team headed by his office that would include representatives
from the Ministries of Finance, Defense, Public Security, Education, Interior,
Welfare and Social Services, Industry, Trade and Labor, and
When needed, representatives from the Justice,
Construction and Housing, Environmental Protection, Culture and Sport and other
government agencies will also be included, as will the Israel Police, National
Insurance Institute, local authorities and Road Safety
Beterem will advise the government offices on the
The budget for preparing the program over the next year will
total NIS 1.9 million.
As reported in The Jerusalem Post last Thursday,
the plan was first publicly announced at the First Child Safety Conference
organized by Beterem and attended by 1,000 people.A feature on the
Beterem conference will appear on
The Post’s Health Page on Sunday, February 26.