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Israel: Masters of disaster, IDF Field Hospital May Be Recognized as World’s Best World Health Organization


Israel’s military field hospital, regularly dispatched to disaster zones to provide humanitarian relief - and to win the Jewish state some rare international brownie points - may soon be awarded the World Health Organization’s highest ranking, which would make it the first in the world to be so recognized.\r\nIn 2013, the United Nation’s WHO created a set of criteria to classify foreign medical teams in sudden onset disasters, on a scale from one to three.
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Israel: UN Peacekeepers Turn to IDF for Emergency Training


United Nations peacekeepers will take part in a special seminar in Israel led by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and leading civilian medical professionals.\r\nThe seminar, which grew out of a discussion on improving cooperation between Israel and the U.N., will focus on emergency medicine and providing first response medical personnel in conflict zones throughout the world. Israel is frequently one of the first countries to respond to worldwide humanitarian efforts by sending missions to disaster zones with recent examples including Haiti, the Philippines and Nepal.
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Israel: Magen David Adom to construct world’s first underground blood bank


Magen David will on Wednesday (Nov 16) hold a cornerstone-laying ceremony in Ramle for the world’s first underground blood bank. With the constant security threats faced by Israel on all fronts and rapid growth of its population, the first-aid, ambulance and blood-supply organization decided there is an urgent necessity for a highly secured and technologically advanced underground national blood storage facility to house the state’s blood supply from voluntary donors.\r\n The ceremony will include US Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro and Health Minister Ya’acov Litzman.\r\n \r\nMDA’s National Blood Services Cent
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Israel: UN Ranks IDF Emergency Medical Team as No. 1 in the World


The United Nation’s World Health Organization recognized the Israeli army’s field hospital, which is regularly sent abroad to provide aid at natural disaster sites, as “the number one in the world” in a ceremony last week, classifying it as its first and only “Type 3” field hospital, according to its commander, Lt Col (res.) Dr Ofer Merin.
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Israel: Private Medical Facility Opens in Jerusalem\'s Pisgat Ze\'ev


The answer to overcrowding and long queues in hospital emergency rooms is urgent-care facilities in the community, Health Minister Ya’acov Litzman said on Tuesday (December 27) at the opening of the private Terem urgent-care center in Jerusalem’s Pisgat Ze’ev neighborhood. Litzman said occupancy rates in all the hospitals have been raised due to the current cold season and patients suffering from complications of the flu.\r\nUrgent-care centers have doctors, nurses and equipment to treat patients during the day or after hours (at night, on weekends and holidays), when hospital emergency room staffs are usually reduced and in
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