A community based first responder system providing free care to traffic injury victims

Project start date : 23/11/2014

Beneficiary country : Bangladesh

Healthcare themes targeted

  • Emergency services

Fields of application

  • Health professional training
  • Telemedicine (remote diagnosis and consultations)
  • Information, education and communication for behaviour change (IEC)
  • Patient monitoring and medical data
  • Financial access to care, microinsurance
  • Other(s) (specify)

Stage of development

  • Routine project/operational

Financing method

  • Private (private investors, crowdfunding, philanthropy, etc.)
  • Government agency (USAID, etc.)

Area where the project is utilised

  • Provincial/regional (in one region of a single country)

Economic model(s)

  • Advertising
  • Donations

Target audience

  • Entire population

Project objectives

  • Decreased mortality
  • Decreased morbidity
  • Reduced suffering
  • Improved treatment

Materials used

  • Cellular (mobile) phone
  • Smartphone
  • Computer

Technologies used

  • Mobile telecommunications (without data connection)
  • Internet
  • Geolocation
  • Mobile app (Android, iOS, Windows Phone, HTML5, etc.)
  • Other (please specify)

About the sponsor


TraumaLink is a community-based network of first responders for traffic injury victims. It utilizes an emergency hotline number and 24/7 call center with local volunteers trained in basic trauma first aid, provided with essential medical supplies, and dispatched by SMS messaging to rapidly provide free care at the crash scene. The training curriculum teaches simple but life-saving skills that can be learned and performed by people with any level of education and no prior medical background. The strong community support and rapid, reliable volunteer responses suggest that this cost-effective model could be expanded throughout Bangladesh and adapted for other developing nations.

Sector : Healthcare (professionals and structures)

Country of origin : Bangladesh

Contact : Sponsor website Project website

Offline use


Open source


Open data


Independent evaluation

Yes, auto-evaluated or evaluated by a related organization


  • mPower Social Enterprises

    Institutions (Communities, public authorities, NGOs, foundations, etc.)

  • Centre for Injury Prevention and Research in Bangladesh

    Institutions (Communities, public authorities, NGOs, foundations, etc.)

  • Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed

    Institutions (Communities, public authorities, NGOs, foundations, etc.)

  • Ministry of Health