The need for emergency responders
Injuries and road accidents result in more than 5.8 million deaths worldwide, the majority (>5.3 million) of which occur in medically under-resourced countries such as Bangladesh where there is no access to formal Emergency Medical Services (EMS).
In these countries, it is estimated that more than 85% of accident victims die before they ever reach the hospital, many of whom could have been saved if they had been given rapid emergency medical care in the street.
CriticaLink was founded in March 2014 as a non-profit organization and is a registered 501(c)(3) with the goal of saving lives in Bangladesh by training community volunteers in life-saving emergency medical skills (bleeding control, splinting of fractures, triage, burn care, CPR, etc.). These volunteers, called “First Responders” are connected using an innovative, location-based mobile technology network that quickly notifies the closest volunteers when there are people who need their help.
Expanding in Bangladesh
CriticaLink has teams of volunteers covering areas over 7M people in Dhaka. Training and team building is taking place in Gazipur, Savar, Chittagong, Comilla, Mymensingh, and Sylhet.
CriticaLink meets with medical students from several medical schools across Bangladesh to organize training and volunteer chapters in more cities, as well as the training of trainers for our advanced volunteers.
We have formed a partnership with the Ministry of Health in South Africa to bring CriticaLink to the Western Cape. The CriticaLink app is ready to be deployed in Cape Town and is awaiting government security clearance.
CriticaLink gave presentations at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and at the United Nations World Summit on Digital Innovation in Singapore.
Moving forward, our goal is to show that CriticaLink is an adaptable platform that can work as a stand-alone system in places, like Bangladesh, with no emergency medical services.
We also hope to showcase how CriticaLink can improve efficacy in existing systems, such as in South Africa. In addition, we have a plan to pilot a project in the United States to show how crowd-sourcing certain kinds of emergency response can still be important in areas served by advanced EMS systems.
Help CriticaLink Save Lives
CriticaLink is a non-profit organization, 501(c)(3) in process, that uses volunteer First Responders to save lives, but we need your help! Please consider making a donation to support our organization.