United Hatzalah :The Response Time Of World Fastest Emergency Service is 180 Seconds

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Last year, during his visit to Israel, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with Eli Beer, the founder of United Hatzalah of Israel, the fastest free medical service in the world. Inspired by Beer’s extraordinary network of volunteer paramedics, who save a life in seconds, the PM expressed his aim to create a similar community-based emergency medical service in India, where healthcare in remote areas is still a major concern.

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The saviours in their ‘ambucycles’

Every year, millions of people succumb to death in cases of medical emergencies, primarily due to the slow response rate of ambulances. On average, ambulance services in the most developed countries like the USA or European nations have clocked the time range of response between eight to ten minutes. But medical experts all over the world agree unanimously that the first three minutes after an accident, heart attack or a cerebral stroke comprise the most crucial time to save a life.

Larger in size than standard four-wheelers, a fully-equipped ambulance needs to bypass traffic, narrow roads and other roadside hindrances before reaching a patient in distress. This delay, even if by a few minutes, contributes to the death of millions every year.

To combat this problem, Eli Beer, the founder of United Hatzalah of Israel, from Israel came up with a unique solution. He replaced the ambulance with the “ambucycle” – a motorcycle equipped with an emergency medication kit – and registered the help of thousands of volunteers. His non-profit organisation has saved countless lives so far by offering immediate life-saving medical service free of charge.

United Hatzalah of Israel trains volunteers into paramedics

As stated in their website, United Hatzalah of Israel is active 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

As a teenager, founder Eli Beer had experienced the aftermath of a bus bombing in his area, when he realised the drawbacks of the existing emergency response service in the country. In 1992, he started his one-of-a-kind mission to save more lives. Instead of restricting medical service exclusively within medical experts, Eli broadened the horizon of medical service to rope in volunteers from all walks of life. He trained everyone for months who became adept paramedics and were then provided with iconic “ambucycles” and medical supplies.

United Hatzalah of Israel’s founder Eli Beer in TedMed talks. Image Source: www.ted.com

How the United Hatzalah of Israel’s ambucycles work

In over twenty-five years, the number of volunteers in the United Hatzalah of Israel has reached five thousand. They work tirelessly in sync with an extensive network, registering a record response time of 3 minutes all over the country, and an astounding 90 seconds in metropolitan areas.

Each emergency call is picked up within three seconds and immediately the closest volunteer is contacted by the control room, who then rushes to the spot and provides the necessary help till an ambulance arrives to take the patient to the hospital.

Different types of emergency response vehicles by United Hatzalah of Israel

Recounting how the organisation saved his life, an accident victim has shared how a group of volunteers turned up instantly upon receiving a call from a passerby. The expertise of the volunteers helped to identify the nature of his injuries and direct him to the best hospital without delay. The team also informed and supported his wife until he was out of danger. Not only this, but some of his lifesavers also visited him later to wish a faster recovery.

United Hatzalah of Israel Helicopter Rescue

Putting humanity first

United Hatzalah of Israel is now officially the fastest and cheapest medical service in the world. Today their outreach is worldwide, with centres in USA, UK, France and Canada.

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Eli Beer, who is a Jew recalls that when his own father suffered a cardiac attack, the first responder was a Muslim person. Thus, another important aspect of his organisation, as subtly evident from their name, is inclusivity. The organisation constitutes volunteers from all age, gender, religion, race and profession – who prioritise saving lives above everything. Without wasting one second to think about the race, caste or religion of the patient, the volunteers suspend their personal activities to save humanity.

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‘Happy Fridge’: The Key To Bridge Food Wastage And Hunger Problem In India

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Rahul Khera and Gautam Jindal, volunteers (aka hunger heroes) at Feeding India, were among the many Delhi NCR residents accustomed to seeing hungry children pick up half-eaten burgers or stale sandwiches from the dustbin and savour those with the brightest smiles. Like many others, they also had the will to promote equitable food distribution but was perplexed about the approach, until they learnt about the community fridge initiative which has gained unprecedented success in Saudi Arabia and few other European countries. Meanwhile, community fridges were already being installed outside restaurants or in public places in a handful of cities like Mumbai, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Coimbatore and Kochi.

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Needless to mention, with a shocking 103rd rank in the Global Hunger Index and a food wastage estimate of around Rs 58,000 crore – India was perhaps the best country to implement such an initiative. With Gautam’s help, an enthusiastic Rahul invested his own savings to install a ‘Happy Fridge’ outside his residence at Sun City, Sector 54 in Gurgaon. Set up in 2017 by these Feeding India volunteers, the fridge in Gurgaon has inspired the NGO to scale up the project across India.

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‘Happy Fridge’ fostered many smiles

It didn’t take long for the local residents to learn about this laudable endeavour. They welcomed it, as wastage of excess food was a recurring problem in almost every household. “Intimating the localities was no mammoth task, thanks to social media. However, it was difficult to spread the word among those who actually needed the food,” shares Rahul, who went from auto stands to slums, inviting rickshaw pullers, ragpickers or roadside vendors to avail the community fridge any time they feel hungry. “The security guards of our residential complex played a huge role in explaining how the fridge works to the beneficiaries,” he adds.

The operational and maintenance costs of the ‘ happy fridge ‘ are being maintained diligently by the community members.

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Making memories, sprouting awareness

“I remember one young man who had arrived from a village looking for some menial day job. Somehow he had run out of his paltry savings and had no money to buy one decent meal a day. For about a month, our happy fridge was his solace, till he earned his first salary from a housekeeping job,” shares a jubilant Rahul.

In another incident, a truck driver returning in the wee hours of midnight was starving after a whole day’s hard work. He had run out of cooking fuel at his home, so our fridge was at his rescue.

“The residents keep all sorts of palatable dishes in the happy fridge, ranging from dry snacks, fruits to cooked meals. Sometimes, they even keep raw vegetables, to ensure not a single bit of good food ends up in their trash while other people go hungry to bed,” reveals Rahul.

On an average, each happy fridge supplies around 10-15 meals in a day. The gratitude and pure smiles of the hungry souls after a fulfilling meal are more than enough to continue to motivate Rahul and his neighbours. In fact, inspired by him, many other communities in the Delhi-NCR region set up community fridges in their areas.

Feeding India will set up 500 Happy Fridges

Since the past few years, Feeding India has been a prominent organisation working in the forefront to solve the hunger problem in India. Primarily, they were involved in redistributing leftover food from weddings and parties among the underprivileged people in different cities of India. Their volunteers, better known as “Hunger Heroes of India”, worked actively to bridge the gap between food wastage and food crisis.

“We used to get a lot of calls from individual households to collect their excess food. However, unfortunately, we lacked the manpower and planning to launch our programme on a door to door basis. We were desperately looking for an alternative when we learnt about the community fridges,” shares Srishti Jain, co-founder of Feeding India.

After interacting with Rahul Khera and other campaigners of community fridges, Feeding India decided to amplify this extraordinary project throughout the length and breadth of India. Presently, they have launched the #FightFoodWaste campaign to install 500 community fridges – nicknamed ‘ Happy Fridge ’. So any passer-by – be it a kid going to school without a lunchbox, or a labourer returning home late at night with no promise of a dinner – can now grab a pack of biscuits or a bowl of ‘dal-chawal’ (rice & lentil soup) to satiate their hunger. Click here to contribute for ‘ Happy Fridge ‘ and ensure India never sleeps hungry again.

Feeding India also urges everyone to make a promise to stop wasting food and instead consider donating it to those in need.

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