Included here is a brief summary of how are programs are implemented:
1-Identify vehicles that are appropriate for patient transport within the community
2-Train two levels of responders (transport and non-transport) in basic emergency response and first aid
3-Add their personal phone numbers to Beacon distribution lists and teach them to use Beacon
4-Conduct live training exercises including simulations throughout the community of increasing complexity
5-Launch the system in a public ceremony and prepare for word-of-mouth expansion by training neighboring communities
Meanwhile in the middle of no where.. Lack of emergency care is a crisis for many countries resulting in preventable death. Activating a coordinated emergency response system in poor and remote locations has been an extraordinary gift of life to many because of Trek Medics.
I have followed Jason and the passionate caregivers of Trek Medics for the past five years donating money, time and friends to this team. This year I followed them live into remote parts of the Dominican Republic and have seen first hand what an inexpensive SMS-based emergency system means: survival. The Trek Medics approach is not a helicopter drop or band-aid fix but rather a systemic solution empowering local healthcare providers to work with technology and at the top of their license (or local abilities) to help their own. There is a value to every life regardless of location. And with help we can be sure a trek medic is close by. #TrekItOut
Professor, Global Citizen and Proud Trek Me
I've been a mentor to Trek Medics over the past few years and have seen them fight the good fight and find early success on a wide range and diverse set of issues. They have a very innovative software platform that addresses an important issue in developing countries. On top of that, Jason and the team are incredibly dedicated. There stick-to-itiveness is beyond compare. I'm very happy to give my endorsement for Trek Medics and the work they're doing. They will undoubtedly be a valuable addition to the Tamer Fund for Social Venture's mission, providing new insights and rich experiences from a neglected social venture with truly global potential.
Trek Medics International is serving a critical need in an innovative, practical and scalable way. Everyone should have access to emergency medical care and transport. Today, this is a luxury for wealthier communities that is taken for granted. Many communities and countries do not have 911 emergency response systems. The Trek Medics team has developed a text-based emergency response system that can be deployed in communities that cannot afford 911 type systems. Trek Medics implements this system in local communities and also provides training to local community members to use the system and to be the local emergency responders. In this way, they equip communities to provide this care for themselves. This is exactly the kind of scalable and sustainable public health solution that will work. The Trek Medics team consists of incredibly dedicated paramedic and public health professionals that know how to successfully do this work. I endorse Trek Medics wholeheartedly.