Health / Medicine

Israel has become one of the global leaders in the field of health, thanks to an extremely qualified workforce and the sophisticated spirit of innovation that dominates the country.

Multiple Israeli companies, whose expertise in innovation and creativity is internationally acknowledged, produce cutting-edge inventions every year.

Among the newest Israeli technologies recently developed in the field of healthcare is the first medical smartphone in the world. Launched by “LifeWatch,” this smartphone is equipped with sensors, allowing users to personally check their heart rate, pulmonary function, blood sugar, body temperature and skin conductance at a moment’s notice.

Another recent innovation, developed by Israeli startup Wheelchairs of Hope, is the colorful, plastic wheelchair produced by 3D printing intended for children with reduced mobility. At only $100 dollars apiece, these wheelchairs have been distributed by the World Health Organization to kids in developing countries throughout the world.  

And several years ago, Israeli company Neuronix developed a technological medical device, called neuroAD, to treat Alzheimer’s disease. In what may be the most advanced non-invasive treatment for Alzheimer’s, the system combines magnetic stimulation to the brain with the performance of cognitive tasks to improve a patient’s cognitive ability remarkably.

 

Agriculture

Israel is a world leader in the agriculture sector and has earned an international reputation of excellence in this industry.

Benefiting from a close cooperation between scientists, farmers, agriculture experts and industrialists, Israel has developed hundreds of cutting-edge technologies at both a national and international level.

Today, due to the rapid growth in world population, a serious challenge is ensuring sufficient global food supply and developing efficient ways of producing healthy, quality produce.

Israel’s arid climates, and the country’s limited resources in drinkable water, have led to the development of technologies aimed at facilitating efficient irrigation, recycling wastewater and waters from phreatic tables, and fighting insects that destroy crops.

Towards the beginning of December 2016, ministers and senior officials from 13 countries of Western Africa (Nigeria, Togo, Liberia, Guinea, Cape Verde, Gambia, Sierra Leone, Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau and Senegal) participated in a conference on the topic of agriculture in Israel, organized by Mashav, the Israeli Agency for International Cooperation to Development. Topics discussed included irrigation, land-managing techniques, dairy technology, and agriculture education.

In Africa, the agriculture sector is also one of the most developed, and the agriculture industry is the backbone of national economy in almost every part of the continent. In Kenya, for example, the agricultural sector represents 51% of the gross domestic product, 70% of the jobs in rural areas and 65% of the country’s exportations.

Africa is a leading supplier of raw materials and foodstuffs such as plantain, wood, manioc, etc. The vast majority of African land is available for exploitation of resources. 

 

Fish farming

Israel has developed a new technology allowing farmers to raise fish even in the harshest of conditions.

Israel has been able to make fish farming possible in the most arid areas of the desert by creating a sustainable and environmentally friendly system that allows raising more than 20 kg of fish in one cubic meter of water.

There is no need to change the used waters nor to treat them chemically; the GFA system uses biological filters and bacteria specially developed for the water. The reservoirs in the system are filled with non-drinkable water coming from the phreatic tables and with fish. Bacteria are then added, which treats the organic waste of nitrogen and by-products of fish production in the reservoir. The natural waste generated by the farmed fish enrich the water, thus allowing the farmers to recycle the water to irrigate their fields or even use it as fertilizer.

A big advantage of the system is that it allow the fish farmers to produce closer to the market, minimizing transportation time and costs.