Rescue squad

In the remote Guatemalan village of Pueblo Nuevo, emergency medical care has long been unavailable. In medical emergencies, residents have usually had to hire an available taxi that was willing to drive the three-hour trip down the northwest highlands to the closest hospital. But thanks to a 22-member volunteer team of US university students working with the Global Healthcare Project (GHP) (Palo Alto, CA, USA), the village recently received its own ambulance, emergency call system, and program for training residents as basic emergency medical technicians (EMTs). This article discusses the effort involved in planning and implementing this effort, a project that was constrained by a 30-day timeframe due to the volunteers' availability. In doing so, it describes the challenges that GHP has encountered in completing this project; it overviews the work that the GHP facilitated and which enabled the community to establish its own emergency care operation. It also looks at the practical concerns that were involved i
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