Because every minute counts

In genuine medical emergencies, a quick response is all-important. But there are many places in the world where ambulances cannot be at hand. For example, the remote villages of the Moboma community in the Central African Republic. For this reason, FAIRMED has established an emergency transport and treatment system that had been piloted in recent months.

Many villages in Moboma are very isolated. Photo: Peter Käser

“In the isolated Moboma villages, the barely driveable roads and lack of communication possibilities mean that the prompt and adequate treatment of emergency patients is an immense challenge,” says FAIRMED country manager Emmanuel Mbouem Mbeck of the local situation. “Against this background, we began a trial for the transport and care of patients in emergency situations.”

In the project, villages are provided with bicycles so that in emergencies, a member of the village can reach and alert the nearest health station. From there, motorcycles can pick up and transport the patient to a proper health centre. In particularly difficult cases, transport to a district hospital is also possible. The streets of Moboma are in an extremely poor condition, making motorcycles the best-suited for emergency transportation.

“A clear response to the problems faced by communities”
The pilot phase began in late 2018, preceded by no small amount of preliminary work and preparation: “During the development of the emergency transport and treatment system, a central goal was to properly involve all of the stakeholders and to raise awareness of the project. As well as the people of the region, this includes local authorities and health workers,” explains Emmanuel Mbouem Mbeck. Thanks to broad support from all participants, the groundwork has been laid for the successful continuation of the project.