ATID – an Israeli Society for the Study and Prevention of SIDS
Non-profit organization established in August 1999, and operated by volunteers

ATID’s Objectives

  • Saving the lives of babies by educating the public and health professionals to a behavior which will reduce the risk of SIDS
  • Raising the awareness to the ability to control the risk factors
  • Providing support to families who lost a baby in a sudden and unexpected way
  • Promoting research in the field.

The Needs

Many people who address ATID express the lack of services which can meet the needs of the families who suffered a sudden loss of a baby. In addition, the lack of information regarding ways to prevent SIDS is felt among parents, as well as extended families, and health professionals. We receive many applications for written information both from families with babies, and from hospitals, infant welfare centers, daycare centers and various instruction centers.

The Activity

  • Organizes lectures to the public and professionals in order to bring them the updated recommendations for keeping babies’ health
  • Operates a hotline for providing support and specific information to callers
  • Distributes information pamphlets to mothers in the maternity hospitals (this activity will expand in the near future)
  • Encourages the referral of parents and caregivers to babies’ resuscitation courses in collaboration with Magen David Adom (Israel’s red cross)
  • Operates a support forum on YNET at www.ynet.co.il/SIDS
  • Operates this internet site

The lectures and the public exposure in the press and on television raised public awareness to the subject as well as that of professionals (doctors, nurses, social workers, psychologists and first aid service providers).

ATID’s work plan for the lectures and the support groups was developed in collaboration with the Bereavement Fund and the Bob Shapell School of Social Work at Tel-Aviv University

ATID Members

ATID’s management and members don’t get paid. All the activity is done by volunteers and with donations from benevolent bodies.