Ethiopian MDA 370.
(photo credit: Ethiopian Foreign Ministry)
The head of the situation room at Ethiopia’s Foreign Ministry and his deputy
visited Magen David Adom on Tuesday to learn from Israel’s first aid, ambulance
and blood supply organization.
The state visit by Getachew Teshoma and
his assistant, Yeganaw Mengist Belay, was announced on Thursday by MDA. They
were accompanied by new Ethiopian Ambassador Beylanesh Zevadia.
MDA officials, including director-general Eli Bin, described organizational
lifesaving activities and showed them the advanced computerized control and
monitoring systems that had just been installed. The Ethiopian visitors also
took a close look at the latest mobile intensive care units, jeeps, motorcycles
and “Make-A-Wish” ambulances (in which the severely ill are taken to the places
they request at no cost).
The two visitors were especially interested in
MDA’s strategies for coping with emergencies and catastrophes using current
technologies and how it makes use of volunteers – saying Ethiopia is undergoing
a process of modernization and needs to learn from the organization’s
Bin said he was glad the state visit was made at MDA
headquarters in Tel Aviv and promised to remain in contact with the Ethiopian
Foreign Ministry and provide assistance as needed.