This Unimog saves lives

A Unimog rescue vehicle drives along a river

Medical aid in one of Madagascar's poorest regions is all too often too little or too late. The organization "Doctors for Madagascar" (ÄfM) works to help the local population. A donated Unimog serves as an ambulance.

Three days to the next town

Fotadrevo in the south west of Madagascar. The landscape is monotonous, the roads are rough and frequently blocked by massive floods during the monsoon season. Lonely mud huts dot the countryside. Electricity and infrastructure are almost non-existent: it is one of Madagascar's poorest regions. Life here is simple and slow. However, one place in Fotadrevo is surrounded by a hectic atmosphere of tension and concentration: Hopitaly Zoara clinic. The team of 18 headed up by the surgeon, Dr. med. Elson Randrianantenaina, works day and night to provide people with medical care. Zoara is the only hospital in Fotadrevo actually capable of performing surgeries. For thousands of people it is also the only source of medical aid. Because the journey to the next city takes three days in an oxcart – in an emergency that is often too long. An ambulance Unimog donated by the German military ensures safe and rapid transport. The Unimog handles the deep potholes, rough roads and difficult terrain without any problems – making it a lifesaver.

The Unimog is perfectly equipped for difficult terrain

A committed doctor

"We were very happy to receive the vehicle because there are almost no private vehicles here. Now the paramedics can reach distant villages even during the monsoon season such as during immunization campaigns or in order to transport seriously ill patients" states Julius Emmrich, the founder of "Doctors for Madagascar". Julius Emmrich founded the voluntary organization in summer 2012 after meeting the Madagascan surgeon, Dr. Randrianantenaina, during a medical internship in Western Africa. Dr. Randrianantenaina runs the Zoara hospital together with his wife. Highly impressed with the African's exceptional dedication, Julius Emmrich travelled to Madagascar to work at the hospital. Thanks to ÄfM and the donations collected, the hospital has been able to afford medical equipment. The hospital now has its own small laboratory, ultrasound and x-ray equipment along with two completely equipped operating theatres.

Dr. Randrianantenaina and his team provide people with medical care

The people trust in the project

"It is great to see what we can achieve together. In addition, it is immensely motivating to experience how we can help sick people receive high-quality medical care every day. Our project would be impossible without voluntary support and volunteer helpers", explains Emmrich. The inhabitants of the distant villages also appreciate the efforts and there are an enormous number of patients. Many make the difficult journey to receive treatment in Zoara.  Such as Tiana, for example. She was nine months pregnant with a 40° fever and suffering from malaria. Tiana's family travelled for three days with an oxcart. During the journey to the clinic, the cart's drawbar broke and had to be temporarily repaired. Everything ended well and after two weeks Tiana left the clinic in good health.

The Hopitaly Zoara clinic is capable of performing surgeries

The Hopitaly Zoara clinic is the only hospital in Fotadrevo actually capable of performing surgeries.

The ambulance Unimog ensures safe and rapid transport

An ambulance Unimog donated by the German military ensures safe and rapid transport.

Julius Emmrich is the founder of “Doctors for Madagascar”

Julius Emmrich is the founder of the voluntary organization “Doctors for Madagascar”.

With donations the hospital has been able to afford medical equipment

Highly impressed with the African’s exceptional dedication, Julius Emmrich travelled to Madagascar to work at the hospital.

The hospital team works day and night

Thanks to ÄfM and the donations collected, the hospital has been able to afford medical equipment.

Dr. Randrianantenaina and his team provide people with medical care

The hospital now has its own small laboratory, ultrasound and x-ray equipment along with two completely equipped operating theatres.

The journey to the Zoara hospital is difficult

Many inhabitants of the distant villages make the difficult journey to receive treatment in Zoara.

Sick people receive high-quality medical care every day

“It is great to see what we can achieve together. In addition, it is immensely motivating to experience how we can help sick people receive high-quality medical care every day."

The Unimog is a lifesaver in Fotadrevo

The Unimog handles the deep potholes, rough roads and difficult terrain without any problems – making it a lifesaver.

Rough roads are easily handled by the Unimog

Seriously ill patients can be transported rapid to the Hopitaly Zoara clinic.

The Unimog is perfectly equipped for difficult terrain

Now the paramedics can reach distant villages even during the monsoon season.

The instantly repair of the Unimog can save lives

When the Unimog is broke it has to be immediately repaired.

More Links to explore: www.aerzte-fuer-madagaskar.de

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