The number of individuals in Israel diagnosed with the COVID-19 coronavirus rises daily, and pro-Israel Christian organizations have joined the struggle to help contend with the pandemic in the Jewish state.
The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ) has decided to lend a hand in Israel’s fight against the pandemic and approved over the weekend $2 million in special grants to 15 hospitals for respiratory equipment and other lifesaving machinery.
Additionally, The IFCJ purchased 20 special testing devices for Magen David Adom (MDA), Israel’s emergency medical response organization. The devices will help the staff test patients and reduce the burden on hospitals, preventing unnecessary contact between Coronavirus patients and their surroundings.
The organization says that it has received dozens of requests over the past week from hospitals finding it difficult to manage without some of the required medical equipment. The IFCJ has expedited grant approvals and the hospitals have already begun the procurement process.
The IFCJ has put emphasis is prioritizing hospitals in Israel’s periphery which are at increased risk of collapse in the event of a Coronavirus patient overload.
The assistance to hospitals is part of a $5 million emergency fund that the Fellowship announced earlier this month. The fund also provides basic needs to the elderly who are more vulnerable to the Coronavirus than other age groups.