When little Eritrean refugee, Yonatan, became separated from his biological mother and ended up in Israel, Magen David Adom’s Tracing Department, in cooperation with international agencies, began searching for his biological mother.
An MDA Paramedic’s Experiences in Haiti
Nothing in the world – not past experience, not briefings on the way to the rescue mission, not even live reports from the scene of one of the world’s biggest natural disasters in recent times –
could prepare her for the profound difficulties of working in Haiti after the massive earthquake decimated the island nation.
But eight years’ of intensive work with Magen David Adom trained MDA Paramedic Maayan Lanzman, 23, of Rishon LeZion, to cope with the difficult challenges and the fateful decisions which she faced
Click HERE to read Maayan’s story!
MDA Sends Aid to Tsunami Victims
Within three days of the Tsumani disaster, Magen David Adom, following a request made by the International Red Cross, dispatched via air, urgent medical supplies in order to relieve the casualties
of a devastated Sri Lanka.
The cargo included 4,080 vials of Albumin (valued over US$100,000) that were distributed amongst hospitals in the Sri Lankan capital, Columbo.
The donation was welcomed by the Sri Lankan authorities, and were put to immediate use to relieve the struck nation.
Albumin is protein that accounts for 55 percent of the total protein in blood plasma. Its major function is to help maintain the osmotic pressure between the blood vessels and tissues.
It is vital during this overwhelming calamity, as protein levels drop as the result of severe wounds, and the casualties similarly suffer from drastic malnutrition and trauma.
MDA Stations Serve as Collection Points
Israeli companies, organisations, individuals, families and students all rallied to deliver food products to MDA Stations nationwide to alleviate the hunger of the victims of the SE Asia
Within two days, Magen David Adom Station-by-Station collections totalled over 15 tons of dried food products and mineral water. The “Ein Gedi” Mineral Water plant donated 3,000 1.5 litre bottles.
Several food companies and wholesalers from the Arab community also donated hundreds of kilograms to the effort which were collected at MDA Stations in the lower and western Gallilee and Jerusalem
MDA volunteers and staff opened collection centres in supermarkets and shopping malls to collect further donations from the Israeli public.
Shoppers were encouraged to donate by receiving a list of needed foodstuffs for the effort and to leave them with the MDA teams as they left the store. According to one MDA volunteer, “Every single
shopper is giving something.”
The food products and mineral water were all dispatched to Sri Lanka within days of the Tsunami disaster.