Started with seed funding from Cardinal Health, Google.org, and USAID, Trek Medics is currently working with local community organizations in the Dominican Republic and Tanzania to provide 24-7 emergency medical response to a combined total of 200,000 persons who otherwise would have no access to pre-hospital care and transport.
Using Beacon, community first responders have responded to over 400 incidents, including both communicable and non-communicable diseases such as cholera, dengue, road traffic accidents, and maternal and neonatal emergencies. Their systems are designed with the objective that 90% of callers in communities using Beacon will be attended to by trained responders within 10 minutes in urban centers and 30 minutes in rural communities.
Trek Medics' approach is based on the belief that 90% of the resources needed to implement effective EMS systems are already available— namely, young adults with phones in their pockets, using vehicles that are already on the road. "Our goal is not to have these communities outsource their EMS systems to us," founder Jason Friesen says. "We offer communities the tools to design, manage, and sustain their own community-based systems. This also provides educational and leadership opportunities to the community's young adults— skills they'll carry with them for a lifetime."
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SOURCE Trek Medics International