About Us

The name ‘Magen David Adom’ means ‘Red Shield or Red Star of David.

Magen David Adom is Israel’s only national medical emergency, disaster, ambulance and blood service. Since June 2006 Magen David Adom has been officially recognised by the International Committee of the Red Cross as the national aid society of Israel. It serves as emergency medical first responders for the Israeli state’s over 9 million people.

Established by volunteers in 1930, MDA’s objectives and its legal status were officially defined in the ‘Magen David Adom Law’ passed by the Knesset (Israel’s Parliament) on July 12, 1950. However, MDA is not a government agency so it substantially relies on donations from people like you for funding to continue its work.

Magen David Adom has approximately 2,000 professional staff and over 10,000 trained volunteers from across Israel – Jewish, Moslem, Christian and Druze.  The volunteers are active in providing medical treatment to casualties and patients as part of ambulance teams, at MDA stations and wherever else needed in accordance with MDA procedures. The importance of volunteers is particularly significant in multi- casualty events, which can result from a traffic accident, terrorist attack or natural disaster.

Magen David Adom’s activities include:

  • Responsibility for all Israel’s first aid and pre-hospital medical emergency training
  • Providing and maintaining Israel’s 1,100 ambulances, stationed across Israel
  • The collection and supply of 300,000 units of blood each year
  • Cooperation with the Palestinian Red Crescent
  • Sharing experience internationally on emergency medical response and also on dealing with mass casualty situations
  • Local social-action projects

There are Magen David Adom support groups in many countries. Magen David Adom Ireland was established to financially assist Magen David Adom in Israel in the work of providing medical care and treatment for persons irrespective of their nationality, race religion, ethnic origin, age, disability, sexual orientation or political affiliation.

Magen David Adom Ireland is made up of a group of dedicated volunteers who are completely committed to the cause. Supporters throughout Ireland continue to play their part in supporting Israel’s only medical emergency service. Magen David Adom Ireland is registered as a charity with Ireland’s Charities Regulatory Authority