Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.
Let's tell the story of Amer, the sole breadwinner for his family. One day, he is struck by a vehicle while crossing the road on his way to work. While his wounds are not fatal, his spinal injury requires medical attention. A crowd tries to help by picking him up by his arms and legs and putting him on a local bus to get to the hospital. Unfortunately, this improper handling severs his spinal cord and he is paralysed. What TraumaLink provides is a widely publicised hotline that Amer and the bystanders could have called, activating our local first responders who would have provided him with targeted trauma care before being transported to the hospital safely. With TraumaLink, Amer would recover fully and return to work in a matter of weeks.
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.
In a survey of 260 people in our pilot site, 100% of respondents said our service would be helpful and that immediate medical care was the most critical thing. Overall, it was estimated that about 300 accidents happened in our pilot area with 750 injuries every year. The need for our service is strong in the pilot site. Based upon a literature review of studies examining traumatic injuries in rural settings and implementation of rural emergency medical services, we anticipate a 10-20% reduction in both the number of deaths and paralysing injuries through our service. At national scale, over 20,000 people die and another 400,000 are injured every year due to road accidents. Thus, the national impact could be 2,000-4,000 fewer deaths and fewer victims suffering from paralysis annually. Internationally, burden is also huge with India alone having 200,000 deaths from road crashes annually.
Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?
Our operations are highly scalable. With our established relationships with the government and leading NGOs in Bangladesh, future expansion will take advantage of their extensive network and the publicity from our pilot to rapidly recruit more first responders. We will also leverage experienced volunteers to serve as our future trainers, saving cost and serving as motivating stories. We will first expand from our pilot site along the Dhaka-Chittagong Highway, and we expect to cover all highways and main roads by 2020. Then we will expand to other South Asian countries with similar needs.