TRHM Opens New Emergency Dispatch Center In Mwanza
Five years ago, Dr. Marko Hingi, decided to start an emergency medical system in Mwanza, Tanzania. He didn’t know a whole lot about emergency medical services (EMS), but he knew that Mwanza needed one. A study published by doctors from the city’s main medical center showed that less than 1% of road traffic injury victims were being transported to their hospital by ambulance — most were arriving under the care of untrained responders in private vehicles. The same was true for patients with other types of emergency condition – whether it was a mother in labor, a child who had drowned, or a baby with diarrhea, patients with life-threatening medical conditions were basically on their own to find a way to the hospital. This wasn’t an academic topic for Dr. Hingi, either: he knew from personal experience how difficult it was for the acutely ill and injured to find transport to the hospital in Tanzania. Equipped with little more than the desire to do some good and an Internet connection, Dr. Hingi and his nonprofit organization, the Tanzania Rural Health Movement (TRHM), set out on a mission to launch Mwanza’s first prehospital emergency care system. Five years, and close to 1,000 emergency responses later, Dr. Hingi is getting ready to open a new emergency dispatch center in Mwanza.
Funded through support from private donors, Trek Medics International, and the Segal Family Foundation, the new building will serve dual purposes, housing TRHM’s dispatch center as well as a dispensary to support street medicine program where TRHM serves through their community medical outreaches. We sat down with Dr. Hingi recently to get updates on the new dispatch center and learn more about TRHM’s plans for improving access to prehospital emergency care in Mwanza.
I am so grateful for the healthcare workers (Prehospital Care Systems and First Responders) who are putting their lives on the line to care for the sick
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