MDA & COVID-19

Approximately 300% increase in 101 MDA hotline calls this weekend

Due to the increase in cases of Corona virus infection, Magen David Adom reports an increase of hundreds of percent in calls to 101 Hotline…

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Magen David Adom’s summary from the last two months of fighting the deadly virus

See the work of Israel’s National Emergency Medical and Blood Services Organisation in these unprecedented times…

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Magen David Adom Helps Medical Agencies in Congo Setup

Congo in Central Africa has been impressed by Magen David Adom’s “Drive Thru” sampling facilities, which have been operating since the Corona crisis began throughout Israel. Dan Gertler, Congo’s Honorary Consul in Israel, contacted Magen David Adom…

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Corona Virus update
31st May 2020

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MDA at the Forefront of the Fight to Prevent the Spread of the CoronaVirus

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31.5.20
Following the request of Clalit and Meuchedet HMOs, MDA set up this morning (Saturday) “Drive Thru” compounds near Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem…

COVID-19 Update from Israel & How MDA is tackling the virus

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International Solidarity Event for those effected by COVID-19

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13.5.20
Tonight MDA will hold a solidarity event with communities in honour of those effected by Corona Virus around the world…

COVID-19 Transport Buses

In order to continue the battle against #coronavirus, Magen David Adom, along with several of our partners, has developed two buses that can transport multiple sick and injured people to a place where they can receive treatment…

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MDA ambulances maintain 8-minute average response during peak of coronavirus in Israel

Analysis finds MDA able to maintain 8-minute average response time throughout Israel, roughly equal to its response prior to coronavirus…

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MDA has been at the forefront of the fight against Corona, an intermediate summary:

5.5.20
245,460 people have been sampled, 6,500 samplers, 4,270 Evacuations to hospital, and more than 2,000,000 calls since the beginning: MDA has been at the forefront of the fight against Corona, an intermediate summary…

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MDA teams took 3,166 swab samples at the new “Keren Or” mobile station developed by the IDF and MDA

3.5.20
In the Geula (ultra-orthodox) neighbourhood of Jerusalem a special Coronavirus swab samples station was activated. The station, built in a container, developed by the IDF and MDA, is designated to swab civilians without signs and symptoms…

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Key Stats as of 27th April 2020

MDA’s paramedics have administered both in-house and drive-through tests to more than 206,000 people nationwide. 15,466 Israelis have tested positive for the disease. 129 people are in serious condition with 96 are on ventilators, and 204 have died from complications from the coronavirus. 6,796 Israelis have made a full recovery…

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Samples taken from nursing home

27.4.20
The Corona testing unit from the Lachish Region arrived at a nursing home and took samples from the residents. After a long and productive day, they were surprised to receive gift packages and thank you letters for all of their hard work…

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MDA paramedic walks father through home birth amid lockdown

A Magen David Adom (MDA) paramedic acted quickly to walk a man through a home birth after the father-to-be called the MDA hotline and told them that his wife was in advanced stages of labor…

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Saving Lives during Ramadan

26.4.20
MDA teams have opened Drive-Thru complexes in cities with large Muslim populations for Ramadan, where they are sampling the residents. So far it has received positive responses, and they are expecting to be there all day to continue the important work…

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Wonder Woman of MDA

19.4.20
Thank you to the ladies of =Magen David Adom who spent long hours sampling people in nursing homes in the North, and did not leave until every tenant was checked. Todah Rabah for ensuring the safety of all Israelis.

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Magen David Adom lit up the old city

21.4.20
Beautiful recognition from the city of Jerusalem, where the walls of the old city were lit up with the words “Jerusalem salutes Magen David Adom”.

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Update on COVID-19 crisis in Israel

Magen David Adom Australia held zoom conference moderated by Glynis Lipson, Chairperson of Magen David Adom Australia, Professor Eilat Shinar, Head of Blood Services, Yoni Yogodovsky, Director of Fundraising & International Relations & Uri Shacham, Chief of staff of MDA to discuss how Magen David Adom is at the forefront of fighting the corona virus in Israel…

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MDA Director General Eli Bin toast

7.4.20
Just like every Pesach, MDA Director General Eli Bin gave a toast. This year was different, taking place through a video call. The toast was still attended by hundreds of MDA EMTs and paramedics from all over the country!..

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MDA sells the organization’s remaining Chametz

7.4.20
Every year before Passover, MDA sells the organization’s remaining Chametz as required by Jewish law. This year, due to the Coronavirus outbreak, MDA senior staff met with Chief Rabbi Shlomo Moshe ar (who is based in Jerusalem) over zoom to perform the ceremony for the sale of the Chametz…

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A beautiful story during such a difficult time

7.4.20
Orit and Peter (both lab workers) got engaged last August and planned a wedding for April 2020. It seemed that coronavirus would spoil their plans, especially since Orit’s Grandmother is in poor health condition…

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The Fire Fighters Salute Magen David Adom Teams

7.4.20
On Tuesday afternoon, fire fighters across the country saluted Magen David Adom teams, who are at the forefront of the battle against the spread of the Corona virus. Fire and Rescue Commissioner Daddy Simhi arrived at Magen David…

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The Doctor who recovered from Corona Donated Plasma to Save the Lives of Patients with the Virus

6.4.2020
Dr. Ofer Rak, a specialist in orthopaedic surgery, recovered from the corona virus about  two weeks ago, after contracting it during a vacation in Italy. When Magen David Adom’s Blood Services contacted him to donate a plasma (the blood…

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After Recovering from the Coronavirus: Father and Son Returned to MDA

It all started less than a month ago. Yoel Galtt (45) from Einav, a senior medic in MDA, began to feel unwell. He did not return from abroad, had not been in direct with a confirmed patient, there were less than 30 patients in Israel, and Yoel did not think for a moment about the possibility of being in sick with the Coronavirus…

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Israel ranked as Number one for safest countries

It is incredible to see #Israel ranked as Number one for safest countries around the world amid #Covid19. We take great pride in our staff and volunteers who have been working hard from the beginning to keep Israelis as safe as possible and we thank every single health professional who are working to combat this virus…

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Israel’s MDA to treat coronavirus patients with new ‘passive vaccine’

26.3.20
Avraham Mintz and Zoher Abu Jama just finished responding to a call regarding a 41-year-old woman having respiratory problems in the southern Israeli city of…

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The city of Tel Aviv Salutes Magen David Adom

01.04.20
This assumes that those who have recovered from COVID-19 have developed special anti-virus proteins or antibodies in their plasma, which could therefore help sick patients cope with the disease…

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MDA will collect Plasma from recovered corona donors

Ministry of Health appeals to MDA to prepare plasma units from people who recovered from Corona.  MDA Deputy Director General- Blood Services Prof. Eilat Shinar:  “the FDA has already approved a similar protocol in the US this week and use of plasma from corona virus recipients is already underway in China”…

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MDA in the front line facing the corona

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MDA to operate two mobile drive through testing in Wadi Ara

Magen David Adom and the Ministry of Health will operate two mobile “Drive Thru” complexes that will begin operating today in Wadi Ara and reach communities throughout the country…

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MDA Ambulance for Corona patients

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The cast of Fauda thank Magen David Adom for their tireless efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic

Since the outbreak, Magen David Adom has been on the front lines in the battle against coronavirus and the cast of Fauda has something to say about it…

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Muslim and Jewish paramedics pause to pray together. One of many inspiring moments in the coronavirus crisis

26.3.20
Avraham Mintz and Zoher Abu Jama just finished responding to a call regarding a 41-year-old woman having respiratory problems in the southern Israeli city of…

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Magen David Adom Invests in Special Dispatch System for Coronavirus Testing

26.3.20
As the national EMS organization in Israel, and the only ambulance service and blood bank mandated by law, Magen David Adom (MDA) is at the forefront of…

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First responder wonderful gesture

24.3.20
A medic from the Negev region of Meir Avivi, who serves as a first responder, discovered a wonderful and moving gesture this morning. The neighbourhood children had drawn him pictures expressing gratitude to put on his ambulance…

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Israel’s Deputy Minister of Defense visit

Israel’s Deputy Minister of Defense Avi Dichter visited several MDA locations that have been set up as centres dedicated to addressing #coronavirus, including hospitals, MDA’s National Operations Centre, MDA’s pop-up tent centre and the Shimon Peres junior high school, where all the classrooms have been converted to an MDA call centre…

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“You do sacred work with great devotion to the health of the public”

24.3.20
Yesterday, Education Minister Rafi Peretz toured the MDA National Operations Dispatch Centre in Kiryat Ono and the nearby Shimon Peres School, which was also converted to MDA dispatch centre.  All classrooms have been converted into call centres and are staffed by up to 10 volunteers staying within 2 meters from…

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“Drive and Test” facilities in the north, south and Jerusalem areas

24.3.20
This evening (Monday March 23rd.) from 5pm till 11pm, MDA conducts a pilot test, taking swab test for detecting Coronavirus in three new locations placed by MDA and the Health Ministry: 1. the Teddy Stadium eastern parking lot, next to the Arena Sports Centre, 2. The Haifa Conference Centre, 3. The Beer Sheba…

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National effort to donate blood

23.3.20
IDF Chief of Staff, lieutenant General Aviv Kochavi, and Chief Medical Officer, Brigadier General Dr. Tarif Bader, contributed to the national effort and responded to MDA’s request. This morning, each of them donated blood to save 6 people! Join you and save lives together!

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Drive and Check

22.3.20
There additional locations for coronavirus swab tests will be opened by MDA.  Facing the coronavirus outbreak and according with the Health Ministry guidelines, Magen David Adom in striving to increase the number of swab tests collected across the country. One Drive and Check location is already active at the Tel Aviv Ganei Yehoshua parking area; Israelis are arriving driving their private car and…

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Do a good deed!

19.3.2020
Ofira Israeli, an MDA EMT at the National Operations Centre*. In the two and a half years that I’ve been working at the National Operations Centre, I have handled dozens of calls, of accidents, resuscitations, but this was the first time I burst into tears while taking a call…

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“Test and Drive”

19.3.20
Tomorrow (Friday 20.3.20), MDA will hold a pilot for several hours to take samples in order to diagnose the Corona virus at the “test-and Drive” complex of Magen David Adom and the Ministry of Health in the Ganei Yehoshua parking lot in Tel Aviv…

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Blood Donation Campaign in Neighbourhoods – We Need You More Than Ever!

19.3.20
The closure of schools, public places and workplaces, and uncertainty about being at the out uncertain, but one thing must be certain: we must continue left many Israelis feeling provided blood to those in need!…

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Corona Online Automatic response on My MDA App

13.3.20
As a public service, Magen David Adom launches a digital questionnaire within the ‘My MDA’ app. By answering the questionnaire, every citizen can understand what the correct guidelines are for him, and how he should behave and conduct himself regarding the issue of the Coronavirus…

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MDA EMTs and paramedics were trained to operate an ambulance disinfection system

3.3.20
MDA EMTs and paramedics were trained to operate an ambulance disinfection system. Thirty EMTs and paramedics at Magen David Adom from across the country underwent training this week on how to fully disinfect ambulances…

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Blood Brothers

17.3.20
As of March 17, 2020, some 324 Israelis have been diagnosed with Corona patients, over 73,000 are in isolation, tens of thousands are confined to their homes due to cancellation of studies and the partial closure of the country, the country in silence. This situation created a real lack of blood donations and jeopardized Israel’s blood supply…

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Treating Corona with technology

The coronavirus pandemic poses a serious challenge. How can doctors examine patients without exposing themselves, and ultimately hundreds of other patients, some of them already immunocompromised, to the disease?…

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Medical students will double the number of sample takers across the country; the Ministry of Health and Magen David Adom will increase their number of examinations

16.3.20
Approximately 700 medical students from five faculties across Israel, who are…

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Shave off their beards

In order that they can wear protective masks safely; Hundreds of EMTs and Paramedics at MDA shave off their beards

From Metula to Eilat, hundreds of bearded EMTs and paramedics who work or volunteer at Magen David Adom have joined in the fight against Coronavirus. In order to properly wear the anti-infection protective masks, they have…

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Drive-thru Corona testing

18.3.20
In the wake of the spread of the Corona virus in Israel, and in accordance with the Ministry of Health’s instructions, Magen David Adom is preparing to significantly increase the number of people being tested throughout the country, to thousands a day.  Most of the samples will be collected, starting tomorrow, in Drive-thru complexes, to which citizens will arrive in their private vehicles, with the sample…

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