TraumaLink Celebrates Five Years of Operations at National Press Club, Dhaka
On the 5th of February 2020, it was an exciting day for TraumaLink as we hosted a daylong event, “TraumaLink: The First Five Years of a Community Based First Responder System for Traffic Injury Victims in Bangladesh” at the National Press Club. The event was organized to celebrate the work of the Volunteer First Responders, raise awareness about TraumaLink’s activities, and advocate for a broader expansion of the service in Bangladesh.
The Chief Guest for the Opening Session was Dr. Hasan Mahmud, MP, Honorable Minister, Ministry of Information.
In his opening remarks Jon Moussally MD, MPH, a Harvard-trained emergency physician and Primary Founder of TraumaLink, expressed his deep appreciation for the work of the volunteer first responders, stating that their work is a testament to the kindness and goodwill of the Bangladeshi people.
Arup Saha, Director of Operations, presented TraumaLink’s model and the results of the first five years of operations in which 2,383 patients involved in 1,109 crashes were treated. First responders were at the crash scene within 5 minutes in 86% of calls, an extraordinary achievement!
To begin the Closing Session, “TraumaLink: Five Years of Volunteers Saving Lives on the Highways”, Dr. Moussally gave a brief speech in Bangla thanking the 120 Volunteers present at the event and praising them for their noble and heroic work. Dr. Md. Abdul Baqi, TraumaLink’s Master Trainer, also expressed his sincere thanks to the volunteers for serving their communities and encouraged them to continue practicing their skills and providing high-quality care at the crash scene. The volunteers were also very inspired by the words of Valerie Taylor, Founder & Chairman of CRP. The Chief Guest for the Closing Session was Lt Col. Zillur Rahman, PSC, Director (Operation & Maintenance), Bangladesh Fire Service and Civil Defence.
The Special Guests for the event included distinguished representatives from MOH&FW, DGHS, BRTA, DMP, RHD, Nirapad Sarak Chai, WHO, ARI-BUET, CRP, UNDP, and the Bangladesh Society of Emergency Medicine. Also joining were other organizations involved in road safety and members of the press.