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CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - In response to a projected deficit of medical doctors, Nefesh B'Nefesh (soul to soul) has launched an initiative to encourage medical doctors to make aliyah (immigrate to Israel).

Nefesh B'Nefesh, an organization that helps North American and British Jews with the aliyah process, will be working in tandem with the Health Ministry and the Immigration and Absorption Ministry to avert the projected shortage of doctors over the next decade.

According to the Council for Higher Education's Planning and Budgeting Committee, today's ratio of 3.5 medical doctors per one thousand people is expected to drop to less than 2.5 per thousand over a 10-year period.

The aliyah initiative provides an initial fellowship for newly arrived physicians and monthly income supplements during their first two years in Israel, totaling some $60,000.

"Nefesh B'Nefesh recognizes the seriousness of this national need and is honored to be able to leverage our existing infrastructure to strengthen the medical community here," said the program's co-founder and executive director Rabbi Yehoshua Fass.

Israeli Minister of Health Yaacov Ben Yizri praised the joint initiative.

"We welcome this vital initiative, not only because of the importance of aliyah, but also because of the expected shortage of doctors in Israel in the coming years," he said.

"The shortage of doctors anticipated over the next few years compels the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption to join this initiative and allocate funds to ensure physicians' successful absorption into the Israeli health system," said Minister of Immigrant Absorption Yaacov Edery, who would like to see Israel maintain the high level of medical practice in the country.

Source: YNet news service

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