PM thanks MDA for saving lives
We were privileged to receive – and are delighted to share with you – this congratulatory letter from Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu…
March 30th 2016
Letter of congratulations to Magen David Adom
For its ongoing treatment of patients and its lifesaving activities
Dear Eli Bin, MDA Director General, employees, volunteers and friends,
Magen David Adom is the largest and longest serving lifesaving organization in Israel. For decades – even prior to the establishment of the State of Israel and of course since – MDA teams have always been standing at the ready to provide assistance to any person injured or in a life threatening situation.
The dictum holds true, “Whoever saves a single soul… is as though he had saved a whole world,” and those affiliated with your organization should be credited with exactly this.
The readiness and alertness of MDA teams is not limited to hours or days. In routine times and in times of emergency, you are always there – providing first aid, carry out emergency lifesaving medical procedures, training the general public, organizing blood drives and running the national blood services, a national asset. The organization is constantly developing and adopting new technologies, enabling better command and control of field activities, as well as providing high quality medical treatment to all those in need.
Over the last year, the citizens of Israel have been witness to the responsibility and dedication which characterizes MDA employees and volunteers. During this current wave of terror, MDA teams have treated hundreds of casualties with varying levels of injury. It is not only about resuscitation efforts, treating injuries or pain relief, but also about giving peace of mind and encouragement to all those injured and suffering and giving them reassurance that they will never be left alone. Your faithful mission grants you the compassion of the entire spectrum of the Israeli public.
The appreciation that MDA receives goes beyond the borders of Israel. Ten years ago, the organization was welcomed as a full member of the International Committee of the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement. MDA representatives travel to disaster-stricken areas all over the world, even at the risk of their own safety – stretching out a helping hand to those in distress, from all nationalities and religious persuasions. This sacred work is carried out with the utmost sensitivity and professionalism.
MDA team members, I give you my deepest appreciation. I wish for you to continue with your mission and see the blessed fruits of your unsurpassed labor. Go forth and succeed.
With kind regards,
To view a copy of the original letter in Hebrew, click here.
MDA Relief and Rescue Mission to Istanbul
With the landing of the last plane from Istanbul bringing with it the remaining five injured Israelis and the bodies of those killed in the terror attack, the MDA relief and rescue team has completed its mission. The injured Israelis, whose condition was severe, were transferred by MDA MICUs to Soroka, Tel Hashomer, Asaf Harofe and Beilinson hospitals. MDA ambulances transferred the bodies of the victims to Dimona, Kaplan Hospital and Holon.
In less than 24 hours, a mission comprising of doctors, paramedics and medics headed by MDA’s director-general Eli Bin was organized, arrived in Istanbul, assessed the condition of those injured and brought them all home while providing medical treatment and care during the flight.
On Saturday, MDA Director General stated: “Since noon, MDA is in communication with the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs and with the Turkish Red Crescent Director General. We hope that we will be able to bring back all the injured Israelis safely soon”.
Immediately after receiving the information about the terror attack in Istanbul, MDA Director General activated the international relief and rescue protocol of MDA, the Israeli Red Cross organization. The operation was coordinated with the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the “Passport Card” insurance company, with two Israeli aircraft’s being dispatched with MDA doctors, paramedics and Israeli diplomats.
Following the attack, PM Netanyahu issued the following statement: “During the day I received updates about what happened in Istanbul. We can say with certainty that, sadly, two Israeli citizens were killed. It could be that there is a third victim. The two families have been updated; I send them condolences on behalf of the entire Jewish people. There are approximately eleven people who were wounded, the degree of their injuries varies, and we are dealing with them. I directed the dispatch of two planes – one from MDA and one from the IDF – in order to bring them, and the deceased, of course, back to Israel.
MDAUK wishes a speedy recovery to those injured and sends its condolences to the families of the victims who lost their lives.
MDA UK HOLDS ITS FIRST EVER STAKEHOLDERS’ CONFERENCE
For the first time ever, MDA UK held its Stakeholders’ Conference at the Grove.
Guests were presented with the vision for MDA UK over the next few years and had the opportunity to find out more about the launch of our latest campaign ‘Blood, Sweat and Tears’ as well as the results of market research conducted with over 600 respondents into what our supporters think about MDA.
Monetary spending was also discussed with regard to Israel, the UK and overseas and attendees had the chance to learn about the relationship that is held with the British Red Cross.
We are hugely thankful to our stakeholders who are key drivers in the success of MDA UK.