Blood is life across armed borders

August 19, 2019

Amid the historical tensions between Israel and Palestine, blood centers and hospitals have formed an alliance to share blood across borders.

The story of this unique partnership was featured in the August issue of American Society of Hematology.

The cooperation falls under the haunting reality of the acts of violence, terror, and warfare that citizens experience from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Magen David Adom (MDA) manages the blood supply of Israel. MDA conducts lifesaving missions transporting blood to ailing citizens and troops in hospitals across war zones.

“Blood is the one area where there is complete brotherhood and sisterhood between Jews and Arabs in this country, and good coordination and cooperation between Jews and Palestinians in the territories,” said Dr. Asher Moser, Deputy Director of MDA Blood Services, in the interview.

Because of militant presence and seismic activity, protecting the blood supply safe is important. So MDA took an innovative approach of making its new blood center underground and earthquake proof.

Talks are in place for transfusion training between hospital blood banks in Palestine and MDA blood center in Israel, but clearance is pending because of political and security concerns.

“I think this is a great example of communities working together to ensure patients are taken care of,” said Dr. Samantha Gomez Ngamsuntikul, Associate Medical Director at BioBridge Global.

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