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Established in 1930, MDA is the national society of Israel.
MDA's objectives and its legal status are defined in section 3 of the Magen David Adom Law passed by the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) on July 12, 1950:
- To carry out the functions of a national society, to be for this purpose an auxiliary service of the Medical Service of the Israeli Defense Forces in time of war and to prepare for this in time of peace;
- To maintain general first aid services;
- To maintain a storage service of blood, plasma and their by-products;
- To carry out any additional functions determined by the Society's By-Laws;
Article 49 of MDA's By-Laws confers the following additional duties on the Society:
- Instruction in first aid and pre-hospital emergency medicine;
- Maintaining a volunteer infrastructure and training them in first aid, basic and advanced life support including Mobile Intensive Care Units; transportation of patients, women in labor, and evacuation of those wounded and killed in road accidents;
- Transportation of doctors, nurses and medical auxiliary forces;
MDA cooperates with the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.