Approximately 1 in 10 Bedouins in Israel suffers from at least one severe genetic disease.
We're on a mission to change that.
We are a non-profit that aims to decrease the prevalence of genetic diseases in the Bedouin community in Israel by spearheading premarital genetic testing through a community-based approach. We believe in the importance of a healthy beginning for all children - notwithstanding culture, tradition, geography or socio-economic status.
Genetic Testing and Counseling
We are working to develop a genetic testing system which is tailor-made for the Bedouin community. This system will provide access to culturally appropriate genetic testing in remote areas and at no cost to the end-user, for all young Bedouins before marriage or pregnancy.
We pilot awareness-raising and educational programming focused on understanding the importance of getting tested through promoting genetic literacy. Our campaigns create a community conversation which empower and enable change.
Local Partners & Community Support
A community-based initiative founded on the belief that real change happens from within, Rodaina was developed by Bedouin opinion leaders and religious figures. All of our activities are conducted in partnership with local municipalities, schools, and community organizations in order to create locally relevant and sustainable solutions.
Our initiative provides a rare opportunity that will enable the Israeli health system to save hundreds of millions of shekels each year by reducing costs of medical care, hospitalization, rehabilitation, and allowances.
A pilot is currently being conducted in the Bedouin community in Israel and will then be expanded to Palestine and across the Middle East. International partnerships are constantly being cultivated for this very purpose.