One of the biggest modules of our Medical program actually overlaps with Shelter: the donation and setup of field hospitals to restore access to medical care in a disaster or crisis affected region. We use a range of tents and inflatable medical units from companies like Weatherhaven and Alaska to serve these needs. Through the program we also support local health professionals with the paramedics, doctors, and nurses that are part of our Rapid Response Team. These volunteers provide treatments (anything from running IVs to doing emergency field amputations in Haiti) in both static and mobile capacities. Our volunteers have often deployed to remote areas with backpack jumpkits and essential medical supplies in order to help to those in need who would otherwise have no access to medical care.
Through the Emergency Medical Program we also provide:
- Medical supplies
- Birthing kits
- First Aid kits
The program has also proven to be a powerful learning experience for the professional responders on our team, as they encounter cases that they would rarely experience within Canada (severe dehydration and malnutrition, cholera, etc.) GlobalMedic has also been active in medical training missions. Our volunteers have travelled around the world to help instruct people like the Mines Advisory Group in trauma management. We have also donated medical supplies and equipment in capacity-building measures in developing countries world-wide.