Tanzania

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Development in
TANZANIA

INFO

BACKGROUND

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.

PARTNERS

Tanzania Rural Health Movement
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ABOUT
TANZANIA

Tanzania


Capital – 
Dodoma
Largest City – 
Dar Es Salaam
National language –  Swahili
Population – 51,820,000

To learn more about emergency medical services in East Africa, visit the Tanzania page along with many other countries in our EMS DATABASE.

INCIDENTS CHART
DATA
MwanzaLast Updated: Jun. 2017
Launch DateDecember, 2015
Emergency Incidents213
Population Coverage~100,000
Trained Responders22
Avg. Assignment Time0:03:44
Avg. Arrival Time0:03:59
Avg. Total Scene Time0:09:36
Avg. Total Transport Time0:15:46
Avg. Total Incident Time0:22:16
PRESS
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THE LIFE SAVING DEEDS OF CITY BODABODA RIDERS

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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.

Deutsche Welle

RESTORING HEARTBEATS AND IMPROVING EMERGENCY CARE IN AFRICA

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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.

BBC News

THE LIFE-SAVING MISSION OF TANZANIA’S KILLER TAXI BIKES

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Tanzania’s motorcycle taxi drivers, often associated with deadly road accidents, are being trained to become life-savers, writes Ross Velton on BBC.com

VIDEO

HOW A SOFTWARE PROGRAM CAN SAVE LIVES

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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.

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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.

SUPPORT

With generous support from:

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And a very special thanks to:

The Thomas J. Barker Family
The Bill and Ann Bresnan Foundation
The MacPhee Family
The Henry E. Niles Foundation
The Widgeon Point Charitable Foundation

UPDATES

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.

HUDUMA YA KWANZA

Videos courtesy Samuel Busch.
See the full series here.

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Recovery Position

Critical Bleeding

Rescue Grip

Rescue Blanket

Carrying Ring

Spinal Injuries

Burns

Head Injuries

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