Over the past six years, MDA together with the government of Israel, has been working on a new $200M building – ‘Marcus National Blood Services Center’ in Ramla.
The success of this project will guarantee Israel’s blood supply in the face of rapid population growth, the ongoing threat of terrorism and the increasingly complex risks of cyber-attack.
The official opening of the new building is set for 2th of May 2022
The new National Blood Services Centre is the most important strategic security project in Israel today
Australian Friends of Magen David Adom are still raising funds for the first underground and shielded Blood Bank in the world, which will keep Israel’s vital blood supplies safe.
The new Centre is a massive 51,100 square metre campus located on 2.3 hectares in Ramle, in central Israel.
To protect the blood supply, the three critical floors dedicated for blood storage, testing and processing will be underground, shielded and armoured to withstand the impact of a rocket or missile attack and or earthquake.
A sophisticated air filtration system will protect the facility against chemical or biological warfare and the latest Israeli technology will protect against cyberattack.
This Centre will serve Israel’s blood processing and banking requirements for the next 30 years, doubling the capacity for blood processing from 250,000 to 500,000 units per year, expanding research laboratories for transfusion medicine, and housing Israel’s Rare Blood Archive, National Cord Blood Bank. It will house a new National Human Milk Bank, National Blood Reference Laboratory, a training wing, the huge main supply inventory warehouses for MDA Emergency Medical Service operations nationwide, and a Blood Vault protected by a massive reinforced concrete and steel shell that will store the national reserve blood inventory.
MDA’s National Blood Services provides 100% of the blood supply needed by the IDF and 97% of the blood supply for Israel’s population.
The new National Blood Services Centre is the most important strategic security project in Israel today. While Australia has over 96 permanent blood donation centres across the country, Israel has only one, built in 1987 on the Tel Hashomer Hospital campus.
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