Magen David Adom has a fleet of 1,716 ambulances stationed at 168 stations all over Israel, from Metulla in the north to Eilat in the south, and from metropolitan Tel Aviv to the rural Galil.
Here at Magen David Adom UK, we funded the first ambulance station in Sakhnin, an Israeli-Arab town in the Galil, and is in the process of setting up a new one in Marar, a similar town nearby.
Magen David Adom provides an ambulance for every type of medical emergency, including Mobile Intensive Care Unit vehicles for treating heart attacks and serious road traffic accidents and a specialised neo-natal intensive care unit for the transfer of premature high-risk new-born babies.
In the event of a major disaster, 25 mobile field clinics can be quickly deployed, whilst 27 bloodmobiles collect essential blood supplies from donors across the country.
This is an organisation with a heart, so one particular ambulance is worthy of special mention. ‘The Wish Ambulance’ is an initiative which aims to make dreams come true, granting one special last wish to patients with terminal illnesses. Most wishes are deeply personal and the experience itself can be a very emotional one, taking the patient to their favourite site of natural beauty, a landmark sporting event, or for a day-trip to the community in which they grew up.