Quick Facts

  • Officially the State of Israel
  • Independence from British mandate for Palestine 1948
  • A parliamentary democracy
  • Capital city: Jerusalem (pop. 839,000)
  • Divided into six administrative districts
  • Population: 8,049,314
  • Climate: temperate/tropical to mediterranean depending on region
  • Economy: high tech products, manufacturing, aviation, telecommunications, software
  • Literacy rate: 97.8%
  • Current weather conditions: www.weather.com
  • Tips for travel in country: www.travel.state.gov
  • Currency exchange rates: www.xe.com

Government in Power

  • President Reuven Rivlin (since 2014)
  • Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu (since 2009)

Healthcare Statistics

  • Maternal mortality rate: 5/100,000
  • Infant mortality rate: 3.55/1,000
  • Life expectancy: 82.27 years
  • Health expenditures: 7.2% GDP
  • Physicians density: 3.34/1,000
  • Hospital bed density: 3.3/1,000
  • HIV/AIDS adult prevalence rate: 0.2%
  • Infectious disease updates: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.htm

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Field Stories

        My first medical  mission trip:    In the following pages I will talk about my experiences on my first trip to Haiti following the devastating earthquake in January 2010.   The biggest “first” is it was my first medical trip outside the United States.  I had done disaster relief for Hurricane […]


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