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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is one of the most impressive things I've seen in a while. It's worth your time and your friends' time. The people at United Hatzalah of Israel are doing incredible work. All for free. All to save lives. Here is how they did it. Thank you Eli Beer and the team of volunteers for reaching out to Nas Daily and letting me film your operations. All around impressive.INSTAGRAM: @NasDailyGROUP: Nas Daily Global
Posted by Nas Daily on Wednesday, November 7, 2018
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.