CHEAR ME: Collaboration to Help East African Response to Medical Emergencies

About CHEAR ME

The Collaboration to Help East Africans Respond to Medical Emergencies (CHEAR ME) was launched in 2021 by charter members from Tanzania, Kenya and the US to support the systematic approach to community-based emergency medical services (EMS) development in East Africa through the exchange of ideas, information and experience.

While publicly-funded EMS systems do not exist across much of East Africa, many local communities continue to staff and manage their own volunteer emergency response systems. However, lack of recognition from national government leaders and competition from private ambulance services and well-funded hospitals and NGOs continues to hamper the growth and sustainability of publicly-accessible and locally-managed emergency response services.

In an effort to overcome the fragmentation of community EMS programs and develop local standards of practice, leaders from several East Africa EMS agencies came together to launch CHEAR ME.

The CHEAR ME Charter

MISSION
To improve the quality and accessibility of community-level emergency medical services in East Africa

VISION
A standard of practice for the development and sustainability of community-level emergency medical services in East Africa

GOALS

  • A standard for training community responders
  • A standard for managing response operations
  • A standard for promoting organizations and services
  • A standard for monitoring and evaluation of organizations and services

VALUES

  • Integrity — We do what we say
  • Quality — We provide immediate prehospital care services to the community at our level best
  • Inclusivity— We don’t discriminate
  • Community — We’re focused on empowering communities

CHEAR ME Charter Members

Tanzania Rural Health Movement Logo

Tanzania Rural Health Movement
Mwanza, Tanzania

Tanzania Rural Health Movement works to establish model healthcare services by continually providing and improving innovative hands-on medical services in all its endeavors in Tanzania through the provision of health services, health research and environmental sustainability. TRHM aspires to excel in the provision of equal healthcare services to undeserved communities, so people all over Tanzania can live longer, healthier and happier lives.

Contact:
Dr. Marko Hingi, Founder
Website | Email | Phone

Swift Emergency Response Unit (SERU) Kenya

SWIFT EMERGENCY RESPONSE UNIT (SERU) KENYA
Kiambu, Kenya

SERU KENYA is a community-based volunteer response organization based in Kiambu County, Kenya, whose aim is to be the leading team of volunteer first responders in creating a safer environment in Kiambu county through the recruitment and training of community responders and safety ambassadors to assist in times of disasters and emergencies.

Contact:
Kelvin Naai, Founder
Email | Phone | Facebook

Emergency Medical Response Volunteers EMRV - Mombasa Kenya_Logo

EMERGENCY MEDICAL RESPONSE VOLUNTEERS
Mombasa, Kenya

Emergency Medical Response Volunteers are community first responders in Mombasa, Kenya, who provide altruistic activity by improving human quality of life in Emergency Medical Response. We strive to unite the healthcare community by providing the highest quality of emergency critical care and non-emergency mobile response care.

Contact:
Evans Odour, Founder
Email | Phone

Trek Medics International - Manage Emergency Care Anywhere

TREK MEDICS INTL
Washington, DC, USA

Trek Medics International is a non-governmental organization dedicated to improving access to emergency care and transport in at-risk and vulnerable communities.

Contact:
Jason Friesen, Founder
Email | Phone

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