Magen David Adom distributes over 300,000 units of blood via blood bags that cost over £3,500,000 per annum. The need for this service will increase year-on-year in line with Israel’s population growth.
Mobile units visit schools, factories, community centres and army bases. This service is highly sophisticated and is considered to be one of the most advanced blood services in the world – collecting, checking and distributing blood to wherever it is needed.
Being a true ‘melting pot’ of cultures, Israel is one of the few countries that store unique blood groups collected from their citizens, whether they be Muslims, Jews, Druze, Bedouin or Christians.
The Magen David Adom Blood Centre at Tel Hashomer conducts world-leading research into blood disorders and has initiated a state-of-the-art national cord blood bank. This assists people suffering from inherited or cancerous disorders of the blood and immune systems and investigates the transplantation of stem cells as a treatment option.
A new state-of-the-art blood and logistics centre is due to be completed in 2021, and is Magen David Adom’s most ambitious project to date, at a total cost of £90m. Funded by a three-way partnership between MDA UK, the Government of Israel, and the American Friends of MDA, 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.