Senior officials of Magen David Adom, Israel’s national emergency and blood-services network, are helping the Providencia municipality in the Chilean capital city of Santiago to train municipal security personnel as first responders in medical emergencies.

MDA has a long-standing partnership with the regional emergency medical service, SAMU R.M. This latest pilot project is part of a series of activities initiated by the Israeli embassy in Santiago to support emergency medical services in the Chilean capital following a tragedy at the embassy three years ago.

A municipal security worker in Providencia learning how to respond to an emergency. Photo courtesy of MDA/SAMU

The recent joint activity ended with a workshop initiated and hosted by the governor of the capital district in her offices in downtown Santiago. The workshop dealt with the experience gained by MDA in organizing and providing medical coverage for large-scale public events, especially those where dignitaries are present.

The meeting was held in anticipation of two major conferences to be held in Chile at the end of the year: APEC (International Conference of Heads of Major Economies in Asia Pacific) and COP25 (UN climate conference).

MDA Chief of staff Uri Shacham with Dr. Méndez, director of the Central Metropolitan Health Service in Santiago. . Photo courtesy of MDA/SAMU

“Magen David Adom EMTs and paramedics are saving lives every day throughout the country. It is gratifying and exciting to see how, with the unique experience accumulated by the MDA teams in Israel, we can contribute to saving lives around the world,” said MDA Director-General Eli Bin. “The cooperation with the ambulance service in Santiago is very important for the residents, and we are grateful for the opportunity to help them save lives.”