TraumaLink is a volunteer-based emergency response system created in 2013 to reduce the number of deaths and injuries on the highways. Road traffic injuries are a rapidly growing public health crisis throughout the developing world, and Bangladesh is one of the nations hardest hit by this epidemic. Our service model utilizes an emergency hotline number, a 24/7 call center, and volunteer first responders recruited from the local community who are trained in basic trauma first aid and provided with necessary medical equipment like stretchers and bandages.
We are currently operating on a total of 55km; 35 km on the Dhaka-Chittagong Highway in Daudkandi and Chandina, and another 20 km on the Dhaka – Aricha Highway in Manikganj, working with 232 volunteers who have already responded to more than 340 emergency calls and treated over 600 injured patients. TraumaLink has provided emergency first aid training to about 700 people including our volunteers, university students, and members of youth organizations. We have also built strong partnerships with a large and growing number of government, academic, and nongovernmental institutions. As our pilot project has been so successful, we are now working to expand our highway operations with a goal of providing services to all Bangladeshis.