As a team of paramedics we came together for the first time to build a toilet and shower block, and make ready a new clinic. This included taking over a substantial quantity of equipment, sufficient to share amongst five health centre’s. We also supplied a Cardiovascular hospital, which happens to be within the region we worked in, with two AEDs, surgical airway and Advanced Life Support equipment. The hospital caters for chronic cardiac conditions for some seventy million people across several countries. It did not have any AEDs. Acute cardiac conditions have no treatment pathway.
The work we did was described as very successful. Once the local children, and of course craftsmen, showed us what to do we got to work digging, plastering and painting. The end result was the completion of the clinic and an amazing opening day just prior to our departure. Much of the clinical workload relates to Musculoskeletal and Respiratory conditions as well Obstetrics. We also encounter conditions we see less frequently in the UK such as Malaria, Sickle Cell and other tropical diseases.
The trip showed what a team of paramedics both wants to do and can do. Between us we believe it’s possible to bring together paramedic teams and build on the work we’ve started. Thus Volunteer Medics was born!!
Tanzania 2019We are currently recruiting volunteers for our next trip early next year to Tanzania. However the places are going quickly, so if you are interested contact us soon! You could of course be thinking of going in a couple of years in which case we are planning for two trips in 2020 so contact us anyway and you’ll benefit from extra time to fundraise and get excited!
We are a newly formed NGO. As such we think our small size is one of our main strengths. We can provide a very personal, paramedic focused volunteering experience, managed by fellow paramedic volunteers that in our experience nobody else can match. However, the scale of the problem of poor access to health services is truly global and as such we want to see the number of trips and the countries in which we work grow. So we have plans underway to operate elsewhere in the future. Watch this space!