Who We Are
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 90 km; 50 km on the Dhaka-Chittagong Highway in Daudkandi and Chandina, 30 km on the Dhaka – Aricha Highway in Manikganj, and 10 km in Dhaka-Mymesingh Highway, working with around 400 volunteers who have already responded to over 500 emergency calls and treated over 1000 injured patients.
TraumaLink has provided Emergency First Aid Training to over 800 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.
The primary founders of TraumaLink are Dr. Jon Moussally, Ryan Fu, and Eric Dunipace from the Harvard School of Public Health; and Mridul Chowdhury, CEO of mPower Social Enterprises Ltd. Initially, with incubation support from mPower, TraumaLink started its pilot operations as a social enterprise on a 19 km stretch of the Dhaka-Chittagong Highway in Daudkandi. During this time, TraumaLink received recognition from USAID Development Innovation Ventures and the mBillionth Award.
After the 18-month phase of pilot operations, in 2016, TraumaLink in Bangladesh was established as a Trust to begin its formal operations on the Dhaka-Chittagong and Dhaka-Aricha-Highways, and to work towards creating a self-sustaining model to reduce the burden of traffic injuries in Bangladesh. TraumaLink aims to expand and extend its highway operations with a goal of one day providing services to all of Bangladesh.
Our service model
Bangladesh does not currently have a national emergency hotline number, which often creates significant delays in injured patients being able to access care. Traumalink provides an effective way to connect these injured patients with trained first responders.
What We Do
Injured patients are much more likely to survive if they receive treatment quickly, so having rapid access to medical care at the crash scene is essential. Fortunately, within the first hour after injury, simple medical treatments can be highly effective at preventing paralysis and death. This critical window is known as the “Golden Hour” and is the period of time during which TraumaLink First Responders work.
TraumaLink recruits volunteers from the local community who are able to arrive at the crash scene within minutes. Volunteer first responders work under the direction of full time TraumaLink Field Staff.
Once the recruitment of TraumaLink volunteers is completed, they are provided with free emergency first aid training before beginning their service.