Magen David Adom faces life-threatening situations including heart attacks, every day. Every ambulance is fitted with defibrillators costing between £3000 and £11,500 per unit. Without this essential equipment, many more lives would be lost. We also rely on thousands of items of disposable medical equipment every day, costing a staggering £2,500,000 per year. These are constantly needed due to the huge number of daily emergencies and mass-casualty situations.
Life Saving Training
Staff development is essential. In Israel it is compulsory to receive first aid training from the age of 14 and indeed many volunteers join Magen David Adom at this age. As they enter adulthood and grow with the organisation, it is vital that they receive constant training. Our training schemes have an annual cost of over £500,000.
Global Positioning System (GPS)
This revolutionary system allows our dispatchers to see the live location of every ambulance, 24 hours a day, enabling us to be on the scene within minutes and to save more lives. The maintenance costs for this system are £250,000 per year.
Our stations across Israel constantly need upgrading and relocating to both improve out-of-date facilities and be best positioned to avoid traffic congestion.
The Blood Service
We are committed to delivering the safest procedures to the people of Israel. Specialist equipment is required for use in bloodmobiles and donor rooms, to improve volunteer donor safety and collection procedures. Each year, we distribute over 300,000 units of blood via blood bags that cost over £3,500,000.
The National Blood & Logistics Centre
Magen David Adom is approaching completion of its most ambitious project to date, a state-of-the-art blood and logistics centre, being funded by a three-way partnership between MDA UK, the Government of Israel, and the American Friends of MDA, at a total cost of £90m. The centre has been under construction for five years and will be completed in 2021. This project is vital for the wellbeing of Israel today and in the future, as it will guarantee Israel’s blood supply in the face of rapid population growth, the on-going threat of terrorism, and the increasingly complex risks of cyber-attack.