Israel makes commitment to child injury prevention

10/07/2009

Israeli Parliament hosts a joint discussion to promote a Child Safety Action Plan in Israel

On July 7th the Israeli Parliament hosted a joint discussion of two committees to promote a Child Safety Action Plan in Israel: the Committee on the Rights of the Child and the Economics Affairs Committee.

During the meeting, Dr. Chezi Levy, Director of Medical Administration of the Ministry of Health, declared that the Ministry of Health is committed to developing a Child Safety Action Plan for Israel and intends to promote a government resolution and appoint an interministerial committee. Dr. Levy called on all other Ministries to join this initiative.

Ms. Yonat Marton, Deputy Director of the Population Division in Israel's National Road Safety Authority added that they are promoting a National Forum for Child Road Safety that will write and implement a Child Road Safety Action Plan.

The session started with the launch of Israel's Child Safety Report Card, which was presented by Ms. Liri Endy-Findling, Deputy Director General Research & Policy of BETEREM National Center For Children's Safety And Health. The guest of honor at the meeting, Ms. Joanne Vincenten, Director of the European Child Safety Alliance, presented the Child Safety Action Plan initiative and the main findings regarding Israel's performance in the 24 country assessment on national policy to support child safety.

In the closing remarks of the meeting, MP Dani Danon, Chairman of the Rights of the Child Committee called on all government ministries to take part in the Child Safety Action Plan and expressed his intention to closely supervise the advancement of the Action Plan.

More information can be found at www.beterem.org

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