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Largest single purchase of medical equipment in the history of United Hatzalah
Since the beginning of the war with Hamas that began on Saturday, United Hatzalah of Israel has responded by sending thousands of volunteers to the Gaza periphery and other areas affected by Hamas attacks. Having treated over 2,000 people due to the conflict, many of whom required a large number of bandages, tourniquets, oxygen, and even CPR, has taken a toll on the medical resources and supplies that the organization possesses.
“We are purchasing more than $15 million worth of medical supplies to restock and be prepared for the continuation of the conflict,” said President and Founder of United Hatzalah Eli Beer. “This is the single largest medical supply purchase that this organization has ever made, and I fear it won’t be enough.”
The organization launched a fundraising campaign on its website, in order to restock its depleting medical reserves, with a goal of $20 million, and thanks to generous donors from all over the world, they have managed to raise a bit more than half of that sum. “Everything we do is based on donations. We get no government funding. If we have donations to purchase medical equipment, we can continue to save lives. Without donations, we can’t. It’s as simple as that,” Beer explained.
“As a result of this barbaric attack of historic proportions, the likes of which we have not seen since the Holocaust, we are responding on the southern front, and preparing for the possibility of a need on other fronts as well,” explained Vice President of Operations Dov Maisel. “We are purchasing medical equipment at a rate that has never been done before to supply all of our volunteers who are on the ground and leaving their families to save the lives of those most affected by this human tragedy. We need to be able to continue to give these volunteers the tools they need, both medical supplies and bullet-proof vests and helmets, to do their job safely.”
Maisel concluded by saying, “In the past five days, hundreds of lives have been saved by the hard work of our selfless volunteers and their indomitable spirit. Jews, Christians, and Muslims, all banding together for the common goal of saving lives. Nothing is holier, and we need help to keep doing it.”
Donations can be made via the organization’s website at https://israelrescue.org/campaign/israel-at-war/