A LIFESAVING PACKAGE TO PERU
On Thursday 16th February 2017, Magen David Adom in Israel flew its first consignment of blood units to Peru after getting the green light from the Lima hospital that is looking after a young Israeli left in critical condition by a blood infection.
Female traveller Zohar Katz, 21 from Kibbutz Yotvata had been kept sedated in intensive care in a Lima hospital while doctors carried out intensive dialysis as treatment for a severe blood infection.
Katz’s family had initially made an appeal on social media for Israeli’s in the area to donate blood. While many answered the call, the majority were prevented from donating because of strict regulations preventing those who had recently been vaccinated from giving blood.
MDA set to work straight away to overcome the tricky bureaucracy involved and obtain all the necessary permits to fly the blood to Lima.
MDA Director General Eli Bin said on Thursday, “The MDA doctor and paramedic who have been sent to Peru are doing everything in their power to look after Zohar.We all hope that these efforts will assist in stabilising her condition, and eventually in bringing her back home.”
The MDA Trek Returns
We are delighted to announce that the MDA Trek is back for 2017!
60 exhausting kilometres of trekking from station to station, learning about the incredible work of MDA, meeting inspiring people, and all in aid of the lifesaving work of Israel’s only dedicated ambulance service. This is a fantastic fundraising opportunity for supporters old and new.
To find out more and to sign up click here.
To see pictures of last year’s trek click here.
Dedicated by You
Magen David Adom UK supporters have donated eight ambulances, seven Mobile Intensive Care Units (MICUs), one 4X4 ambulance, one logistics truck and 23 motorbikes, in addition to the refurbishment of the Makor Hayim Station which was generously funded by the members of Hale Synagogue.
Magen David Israel UK 2016 dinner breaks new records
On September 26th, 300 long-standing friends and newer supporters gathered at the Rosewood, London for the annual MDA UK dinner. Amongst the honoured guests invited to take the stage, keynote speaker MK Avi Dicter – former director of the Shin Bet – shared his thoughtful analysis and keen insight into the current security situation in Israel and wider Middle East.
The appeal this year focused on the challenges MDA faces in being ready to respond to any situation – at any time. American-Israeli lawyer from Jerusalem, Aaron Adler, shared his experience of what it really means to be ‘Always Ready’.
Our donors proved that they too were ready to respond to the need – resulting in an outstanding £2m for Magen David Adom, Israel’s only national medical emergency and blood service.
400 young new volunteers join MDA Jerusalem
Earlier this week, hundreds of young volunteers have joined Magen David Adom Jerusalem. A ceremony was held at Safra Square in Jerusalem to welcome the 400 young new lifesavers who joined MDA Jerusalem’s volunteer ranks. They participated in a project organised by Jerusalem’s municipality and MDA, in which they completed MDA first aid course. After welcoming speeches from the senior staff, the ceremony included the new young volunteers showcasing their medical treatment knowledge.
©Photos by the MDA Operational Photographers Unit