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MDA helps IDF establish largest field hospital

Posted By : Leah Breevoort April 29, 2015
Most of the MDA delegation arrives at Ben Gurion Airport with 700 Israelis and 25 babies born to surrogate mothers.

Most of the MDA delegation arrives at Ben Gurion Airport with 700 Israelis and 25 babies born to surrogate mothers.

As the first Israeli aid organization to arrive in Nepal on Sunday after the devastating earthquake there on Saturday, MDA helped establish the ground work for the Israel Defense Forces field hospital that began operating today. IDF personnel were unable to arrive in Nepal until late Monday due to bad weather, but MDA medics immediately set up a triage system to begin helping injured Nepalese. When fully operating, the field hospital will be able to treat approximately 200 patients a day, the largest ever built by the IDF.

Most of the MDA delegation to Nepal returned to Israel yesterday after evacuating 25 babies born to surrogate mothers and more than 600 Israelis. Dr. Rafi Strugo, head of MDA’s medical division, and Dr. Asaf Chen, a pediatrician, have both stayed behind to assist the Red Cross. Four additional MDA medics have joined with the IDF to help treat patients in the field hospital.

Israel

Israel has more people deployed in Nepal than any other country in the world.

Whether it’s a car accident in Israel or an earthquake in Kathmandu, the men and women of Magen David Adom, Israel’s emergency medical response organization, are dedicated to saving lives. And they do it by having the most experienced paramedics in the world and by getting there fast — whether it’s around the corner or around the world. But being the best is a collaborative effort, between EMTs and people like you.

Donate to support MDA’s mission in Nepal or its daily lifesaving work in Israel.

An MDA paramedic stitches up an abrasion.

An MDA paramedic stitches up an abrasion.

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