In the Spring of 2015, Trek Medics completed the development of Beacon v2.0, thanks to a generous seed grant from Google and in collaboration with our long-time partners at Vision Point Systems. With a new engine under the hood, we were eager to find new partners to work with, so we put out a general application seeking communities that’d be willing to work with us to develop a community-based EMS system using Beacon to dispatch. After narrowing down the list of contenders, our Director of Field Programs, Benjamin Gilmour packed his bags and set off to Eastern Africa to scout out several locations. When he returned home, he had little doubt he’d found a strong partner in the Rural Tanzania Health Movement (TRHM), a community-based health organization in Mwanza, Tanzania, dedicated to improving health care for all. A few months later, we sent another Australian paramedic, Scott Campbell, out to Mwanza to work alongside TRHM’s Director, the indefatigable Dr. Marko Hingi. Less than four months later, a new EMS system has been born, far exceeding all of our expectations.
Since that first trip to Mwanza in July 2015, Dr. Marko has led a multi-partner effort to deliver emergency care and transport to close to 200 patients, including the local fire department, boda boda moto-taxi drivers, and medical students to a population of over 100,000 Tanzanias who’d previously had very limited access to reliable emergency care and transport.
|Mwanza||Last Updated: Mar. 2017|
|Launch Date||December, 2015|
|Avg. Assignment Time||0:03:44|
|Avg. Arrival Time||0:03:59|
|Avg. Total Scene Time||0:09:36|
|Avg. Total Transport Time||0:15:46|
|Avg. Total Incident Time||0:22:16|
The perception that Bodaboda riders are the cause of all motor vehicle collisions is slowly changing in Mwanza now that they have taken up a new role to save lives.
Many African countries don’t have the resouces for an ecompassing emergency care system. Meet dedicated people from DRC and Tanzania who are set to change that.
Tanzania’s motorcycle taxi drivers, often associated with deadly road accidents, are being trained to become life-savers, writes Ross Velton on BBC.com
Posted Jan. 21, 2016 on CNN.com – “Beacon” is a software program that provides the foundation for emergency response systems in places that don’t have one. CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta has more.
COMMUNITY OUTREACH BEGINS IN EARNEST
Word-of-mouth has helped the launch of the new system in Tanzania, but questions undoubtedly exist among the community so TRHM put together this video to educate the public and provide clear instructions on how to access the service.
Bodaboda Drivers Provide Care to Injured
By Aidan Mhando (Mwananchi Communications)
Mwanza — TRHM, a local agency, has launched a project to train popular bodaboda drivers to provide first aid to injured motorcyclists in the region.
TRHM Director, Mark Hingi says he initiated the project due to data showing that many bodaboda operators and passengers are dying for lack of first aid after accidents and injuries.
Hingi said the project includes the Mwanzan Fire and Rescue Battalion Mwanza, Mwanza City Council and the Emergency Services Call Center at Bugando Medical Center (BMC).
Gadafi Masoud, Training and Information Officer of the Mwanza Fire and Rescue Battalion, said their squad handles various functions including rescue and providing services to a range of accidental injuries occurring in the region.