Magen David Adom (MDA)

Magen David Adom (MDA) in Israel is the National Emergency Medical Service (EMS) for the state of Israel, National Blood Service and the National Red Cross Society. MDA has the responsibility to prepare for, respond to and learn from all health-related emergencies. As the national EMS and National Red Cross society, MDA is involved in preparing for and responding to various disasters (conflict-related, natural and technological), by preparing the protocols, purchasing the equipment, and training staff and volunteers. MDA has vast experience in working with Ben Gurion international airport on its emergency plans, including during the SARS outbreak and the preparedness to the H1N1 pandemic. MDA has invested extensively in the preparedness for an “unusual biological event” and participates in every biannual exercise organized by the Israeli Ministry of Health.