TraumaLink Celebrates Five Years of Operations
TraumaLink reached a historic milestone on 23 November, 2019 as we celebrated five years of operations! Since launching our service in Daudkandi on 23 November, 2014 covering 14 km, we have grown to 545 volunteers serving a total of 135 km on three national highways. We take this opportunity to recognize our talented and inspiring staff, our courageous and reliable volunteers, and all those who have supported us in this journey.
In the first five years nearly 2,400 patients involved in over 1,100 crashes were treated. First responders had a 100% response rate and in 85% of calls, they were at the scene in 5 minutes or less. The majority of patients have been younger men, who are often family breadwinners, so the benefits of the program extend far beyond the patients themselves, also impacting all the people who love and rely on them.
TraumaLink has received a number of awards and honors since its founding. They were finalists in the 2013 Harvard University Dean’s Health and Life Sciences Challenge, and semi-finalists in the 2014 Harvard Business School New Venture Competition and 2014 MassChallenge Startup Accelerator. TraumaLink was a 2015 Manthan Award Winner for eHealth, received a USAID DIV award in 2016, and was a recipient of the 2018 Global South eHealth Observatory Award.
In June 2018 the Harvard Case Based Teaching and Learning Initiative published a teaching case about TraumaLink. The case is being widely used as a teaching tool at the Harvard Chan School and other educational institutions. For the last two years it has been distributed to all incoming Harvard MPH students as an example of how to address problems in public health.
Looking ahead, TraumaLink’s goal is to continue expanding its services within Bangladesh and to serve as an example for other developing nations facing similar challenges on their roads. The many successes of the model, including its strong community support and rapid and reliable volunteer responses, suggest that it can still help many thousands more traffic injury victims at the time when they need it the most.