You too can be a life­saver

Free first aid lessons from emer­gency medics

The Jewish Chronicle - JC Magazine - - Magen David Adom -

AS IS­RAEL’S only na­tional am­bu­lance a n d med­i­cal emer­gency ser­vice, Ma­gen David Adom re­sponds to over 600,000 calls a year with a fleet of 900 ve­hi­cles in­clud­ing 750 am­bu­lances at 119 sta­tions across the length and breadth of the coun­try. Its work­force of 13,600 com­prises 12,000 vol­un­teers, mak­ing it Is­rael’s largest vol­un­tary or­gan­i­sa­tion and en­sur­ing that ev­ery pound raised is used as pro­duc­tively as pos­si­ble.

It is not only am­bu­lances and emer­gency re­sponse that Ma­gen David Adom pro­vides. The or­gan­i­sa­tion also col­lects and sup­plies 300,000 units of blood each year for the peo­ple of Is­rael and is re­spon­si­ble for all Is­rael’s first aid and pre-hospi­tal med­i­cal emer­gency train­ing.

It is with this ex­pe­ri­ence that now, for the first time ever, Ma­gen David Adom UK has launched First Aid cour­ses for the Jewish com­mu­nity in the UK — free of charge. Al­ready schools and or­gan­i­sa­tions across the coun­try have taken ad­van­tage of MDA’s life-sav­ing ex­per­tise. The cour­ses, gen­er­ously spon­sored by donors keen to see MDA shar­ing its knowl­edge glob­ally, are aimed at pro­vid­ing ba­sic life-sav­ing and re­cov­ery skills over a two-hour ses­sion.

Ma­gen David Adom also works in­ter­na­tion­ally to share its sup­port and ex­per­tise with those in need around the world. As a mem­ber of the In­ter­na­tional Fed­er­a­tion of Red Cross and Red Cres­cent So­ci­eties, Ma­gen David Adom has helped in New Or­leans, In­done­sia, Haiti and count­less other lo­ca­tions in need of ur­gent sup­port. Re­cently, a di­rect ap­proach was made to MDA UK by the Is­raeli Am­bas­sador to South Su­dan to help de­liver vi­tal med­i­cal sup­plies to a coun­try im­pov­er­ished by civil war. In or­der to make this hap­pen MDA UK part- nered with In­ter­na­tional Health Part­ners (IHP), a char­ity ded­i­cated to im­prov­ing ac­cess to health­care and medicines in the de­vel­op­ing world.

The work of Ma­gen David Adom UK takes place in or­der to raise funds for ev­ery­thing from dis­pos­able med­i­cal equip­ment such as gauzes through to de­fib­ril­la­tors, am­bu­lances, blood­mo­biles and even sta­tions. The con­tri­bu­tion from thou­sands of sup­port­ers in the UK can­not be un­der­es­ti­mated. There are en­tire re­gions of Is­rael that would not have fully func­tion­ing am­bu­lance sta­tions were it not for the gen­eros­ity of peo­ple like you. The equip­ment pur­chased and in­fra­struc­ture built ben­e­fits all Is­rael’s ci­ti­zens — Arabs, Chris­tians, Druze and Jews. Ma­gen David Adom saves lives wher­ever lives need sav­ing. Ma­gen David Adom UK en­ables this to hap­pen.

Ma­gen David Adom is a non-gov­ern­men­tal, not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion. For nearly 65 years, MDA UK has been rais­ing funds and aware­ness so Ma­gen David Adom can save more lives in Is­rael.

MDA first aid trainer in ac­tion

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