Koranda O’Tool Paramedics Incorporated (KOPI) is a Minnesota based 501(c)(3) responsible for consultation and education in emergency medicine and mental health. In 2018 we began The Arusha Project (TAP), after spending six weeks in Arusha working with Arusha Lutheran Medical Center (ALMC). KOPI is currently working to raise funds to support a trauma training course for police officers in Arusha.
WE NEED YOUR HELP TO MAKE THIS PROGRAM A SUCCESS. YOUR FUNDS WILL PURCHASE NEEDED TRAINING MATERIAL FOR THE PHASE ONE TRAINING THIS NOVEMBER.
There are limited options available for emergency treatment and transport to the hospital in Arusha, Tanzania. This has had a dramatic impact on health, wellbeing, and life expectancy within this community. In Tanzania, traffic related deaths account for 32.9 deaths per 100,000 people, according to the World Health Organization. This is more than three times the incidence in the United States.
We are looking to fund a Police Trauma Treatment Introduction (PTTI) course developed by KOPI and hosted at ALMC. The Arusha Regional Police Department (APD) employees 293 officers. These officers have personal vehicles, radio communication capability, and a functioning dispatch center. KOPI and ALMC believe that by training these officers in basic trauma care and implementing a clear transport protocol, we will improve mortality rates in prehospital trauma victims.The course will start on November 10, 2019 and end on November 26, 2019. KOPI will utilize paramedics, nurses, doctors, and therapists as their primary instructors and curriculum authors. Topics will include hemorrhage control, spinal immobilization, airway management, treatment, transport, and mental health.
WHAT SETS US APART
A unique part of our model is the incorporation of mental health education. We recognize the impact of trauma on the prehospital provider. We have partnered with PrairieCare, a U.S. based psychiatric organization, as well as an Dr. Rupa Joshi, an Arusha based psychologist to develop a component that will support patient and police mental health. Topics will include discussion on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), support for the trauma victim, and critical incident stress debriefing. All of this will be tailored to be culturally competent.
SUSTAINABILITY IS IMPORTANT
Beginning on day one, ALMC staff will be working alongside KOPI. We will host a train-the-trainer course with the goal of having ALMC staff independently train the last cohort of police officers. By the time of our departure, 100 of the 293 officers will have completed this training and ALMC will completely own the material and process in order to train the remaining 193 officers.
We need your help to fund this phase of The Arusha Project. Every dollar you donate will save lives and improve patient care in Arusha.We cannot put into words how large of an impact this program will make in Arusha.
This short but thorough training will have a monumental effect on trauma outcomes for the region. Any donated funds will help us collaborate effectively with ALMC to ensure that the Arusha Police Department is appropriately prepared to address traumatic injuries.
100% of the proceeds from this campaign will go directly to supporting TAP by paying for program and administration costs.