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MDA is first Israeli team on the ground in Nepal to support rescue efforts after Saturday’s earthquake

Posted By : Leah Breevoort April 27, 2015

After arriving in Katmandu on Sunday, part of Magen David Adom’s emergency relief delegation to Nepal following the devastating earthquake there on Saturday is already back in Israel with five Israeli newborn babies who were born to surrogate mothers in Nepal and the babies’ parents.

MDA evacuated newborn Israeli babies and their parents from Nepal to Israel.

MDA evacuated newborn Israeli babies and their parents from Nepal to Israel.

The rest of the emergency response team remains in Nepal to help rescue earthquake victims, including Israeli visitors to the region. The Magen David Adom-led team of doctors and paramedics was the first Israeli medical team on the ground. Their three-pronged mission is to:

1. Create a first aid station where MDA can provide treatment to injured Nepalese people for the first 48 hours by providing painkillers, antibiotics, bandages, and preparing severely wounded victims for transport to area hospitals.

2. Assist the “second wave” of victims who arrive three or four days later by opening and operating a field hospital.

3. Provide triage style emergency first aid to any wounded Israelis, wherever they are located.

Through its frequent international relief efforts and its extensive work in Haiti in the aftermath of that country’s earthquake in 2010, MDA will be among the most experienced teams in Nepal in addressing this kind of disaster-relief work.

MDA paramedics are on the ground in Nepal to treat earthquake victims.

MDA paramedics are on the ground in Nepal to treat earthquake victims.

For MDA, it was also a busy weekend at home that required paramedics to use an armored ambulance to navigate through a fusillade of rocks thrown by Palestinians in order to evacuate a Israeli policeman who had been stabbed in Jerusalem. But MDA is dedicated to saving lives — whether it’s in Israel or Nepal — work all made possible by your generous donations. To directly support MDA’s medical and disaster-relief work in Nepal, donate at https://afmda.org/donate/.

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