A team of 15 volunteer medical personnel departed on Saturday night on a humanitarian mission to treat Ukrainian refugees, United Hatzalah and Sheba Medical Center said.

The team landed in Romania and drove seven hours to Moldova to meet the refugees, at the request of the chief rabbi and in collaboration with the Israeli Foreign Ministry.

In the coming days, 30 more doctors and paramedics are expected to join, United Hatzalah said.

The rescue workers brought medical and humanitarian equipment with them for immediate support. This includes devices for remote physical examination, cardiac and vital-signs monitoring and portable ultrasound and blood-test devices.

In addition, Sarit Lerner, the director of technology for Sheba Beyond—Sheba’s virtual hospital—is on the mission and will showcase innovative technologies to treat patients both in person and virtually.

Sarit Lerner, director of technology for Sheba Beyond, heads to Moldova on Feb. 26, 2022. Credit: Sheba Medical Center.

“I have no fear,” Lerner said. “I see the trip as a real mission and part of our commitment to apply the information and capabilities we have to providing humanitarian assistance anywhere in the world that needs it.”

This is a first-of-its-kind humanitarian telehealth mission for Sheba Beyond, she said.

“We have the ability to provide remote assistance and use advanced technologies to bring the high quality of Sheba doctors to areas that are also experiencing medical crises,” said Sheba Beyond director Dr. Galia Barkai. “The advanced equipment in the field will be connected online to Sheba’s computers, so that we can guide, advise and assist the members of the delegation in providing medical care.”

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