Why is AidWEST unique?
Our volunteers fill an important need by providing the most time-consuming yet critically important task of wound treatment. AidWEST is envisioned as having a “ready reserve” of trained first-responders that can speedily move, independently or in small groups, via whatever is the best and safest route to clinics and temporary hospitals, and “do whatever it takes” to work with the numerically few doctors and nurses, allowing these professionals to focus on the most demanding procedures. We are also unique in our medical care delivery, in that other groups set up clinics and our volunteers go tent-to-tent. This was found to be most appropriate to the tent city (IDP camp) situation, where people do not have the ability or peace of mind to leave their tents to wait in long lines for care. It also allows our volunteers to assess the complete situation, from the patients’ point of view.
What are some of the accomplishments of the volunteer team members?
Who sponsors, supports and interacts with AidWEST?
Do AidWEST volunteers replace medical professionals?
(1) time-consuming and labor-intensive bandage removal/wound cleaning/bandage dressing,
(2) dispensing of antibiotics and pain relieving medicines during the initial weeks after a large-scale catastrophe and
(3) long-term care involving physical and emotional therapy. The work of our volunteers simply allows medical professionals an opportunity to focus on the most difficult cases. Our volunteers are categorized in three levels, ranging from “Support” to “Medical Professional,” with the higher level having extensive experience and medical training from working as an EMT, first responder, registered nurse, or anesthesiologist.
What kind of an organization is AidWEST?
What’s after Haiti for AidWEST?
Sadly, as the 2010 earthquake and consequent tsunami in Chile showed, there are many vulnerable areas of the Western hemisphere where a medical crisis can occur. Nicaragua, for example is “overdue” for their typically 40-year cycle of catastrophic earthquakes. Our organization will best serve by becoming proactive, acquiring key contacts, building inventories of supplies, mapping routes and contingencies, and growing a pool of qualified and motivated volunteers who are able to move, in just a few hours, to wherever victims are in urgent need. AidWEST is envisioned as providing aid anywhere within the Western hemisphere, with the volunteer resource coming from the same region in order to reach the injured as quickly as possible.