In Freetown there are many ambulances donated by the international cooperation during the Ebola outbreak and then abandoned for years in a meadow. CRIMEDIM has just signed a project to create a national emergency medical system in Sierra Leone. Their staff will work together with Doctor with Africa CUAMM and the Veneto Region. The funds from the World Bank amount to 13 million dollars.
In August 2016, Dr. Luca Ragazzoni went to Sierra Leone together with colleagues from CUAMM to design the emergency system and write the project to submit to the attention of the Ministry of Health. He had already worked in the African country as an “Ebola fighter” during December 2014 and January 2015. The project has been successfully selected among 7 other proposals written by organizations coming from all over the World.
The emergency system will cover the entire country of Sierra Leone with those ambulances abandoned for years in a parking lot, on the outskirts of Freetown – the capital. CUAMM – one of the largest Italian NGOs – is the coordinator of the project. The Veneto Region will play a role too, with the contribution of Dr. Paolo Rosi, the CEO of the project in the field. A Team from CRIMEDIM will leave Novara during spring and will stay in Sierra Leone for three months. CRIMEDIM will train a thousand nurses to become ambulance service paramedics. “The project will run for more than two years – says Ragazzoni. Our task is to create emergency medical teams and to prepare local nurses to work on the ambulances”. CRIMEDIM will also conduct a quality research mission, assessing the effectiveness of the emergency service.
At the end of the 2-year work plan, CUAMM, CRIMEDIM and the Veneto Region will release a fully staffed, equipped and functional prehospital emergency medical system providing citizens of Sierra Leone with prompt, safe and effective access to healthcare in times of urgent needs and enabling the Country to leverage existing healthcare infrastructure and local expertise to maximum advantage.