Magen David Adom steps up preparedness in response to ongoing violence

Published: 15 July 2014 17:05 CET

As the situation in Israel and the Occupied Territories continues to deteriorate, Magen David Adom in Israel (MDA), the country’s National Society and a member of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), is now on its highest state of alert. The society has stepped up its preparedness to provide assistance to people who may be injured in the fighting.

All 12 of the society’s operational centres are monitoring the situation, ready to dispatch medical teams if and when necessary. Over 1,000 ambulances and emergency vehicles are now on standby 24 hours per day. In addition to staff, hundreds of volunteers are also ready to respond.

"MDA teams are working across Israel and have been reinforced to allow for constant availability,” said MDA Director General, Eli Bin.

Since the start of this emergency, MDA has provided treatment to over 250 people including 75 patients with injuries from shrapnel, and a 180 with stress-related reactions. Meanwhile the society has raised the operations of its blood services and the society’s blood services teams have been reinforcing the blood supplies at the hospitals.

MDA has also offered first aid training to the public through a training project called ‘Until the ambulance arrives’. The society has also distributed first aid kits to some 80 public shelters as part of its preparedness initiatives.

The society continues to provide ambulance transport for critical patients transferred from Gaza. On 10 July, a Palestine Red Crescent Society team transported a newborn baby with congenital heart disease by ambulance from a hospital in Gaza for lifesaving treatment. MDA carried the infant from the Erez crossing by ambulance to a hospital in Tel Aviv, where he is receiving treatment.

IFRC is allocating funds from its Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to Magen David Adom in Israel to enable them to replenish emergency medical stocks as needed, and to provide first aid training to the public.


Magen David Adom in Israel has launched a national emergency appeal to support those affected by the conflict.

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DREF operation:

Israel - Complex Emergency (MDRIL002) 

16 July 2014


Information bulletin no. 1:

Israel: Complex Emergency 

11 July 2014