In Israel, Magen David Adom (MDA) stands at the forefront of the battle against COVID-19.
MDA makes a decisive contribution to containing COVID-19 and follows the requirements of the Israeli Ministry of Health.
- In response to the COVID-19 situation, MDA has since 22 February 2020 been operating the national public coronavirus call centre inaddition to its routine work. The daily number of emergency calls has increased from 6,000 before COVID-19 to 82,000 at present.
- MDA paramedics equipped with protective gear visit Israeli homes with suspected COVID-19 patients, collect up to 11,000 swabs daily and bring them to the central laboratories.
- Since March 23, MDA, in coordination with the Ministry of Health, has opened twelve Drive & Test Centres for COVID-19.
- The MDA blood services are calling on the public to donate blood. Plasma from COVID-19 recovered patients is a probable passive vaccine for severe corona cases.
In order to contain the outbreak, most Israelis are ordered to stay at home. Therefore, MDA is working on innovative home telemedicine for patients with chronic illnesses or non-corona medical problems in order to reduce the burden on the national medical system. Highly qualified, physician-supervised paramedics will make virtual and real home visits using sophisticated portable equipment. High-tech diagnostic tools, including rapid blood testers and electrocardiograms, are all online and connected to the physicians at the medical monitoringcenter or designated clinics. This innovative project will continue to function in the future after the coronavirus outbreak.
MDA needs medical equipment in the prolonged battle against the spread of the coronavirus. Diagnostic tools, test kits for the Blood Services, lifesaving and COVID-19 containment disposables such as masks, disinfectants, and other protective gear, and different disposable medical equipment are crucial.
Israel needs your help now. Contribute to MDA’s Coronavirus Emergency Campaign to continue Magen David Adom’s powerful response to the crisis — and help us keep Israelis healthy and safe.