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Jun 14, 2019

Still Struggling to Obtain a Major Grant

Paramedics = 20 Minutes/Other Drivers = Immediate
Paramedics = 20 Minutes/Other Drivers = Immediate

Dear Friends,

It's not always easy to convey some fundamental realities to our supporters.   Nonetheless, one reality we have been dealing with for many months now is an inability to snare a major grant to fund this very important and innovative project.

This roadblock hasn't been for lack of trying, or anything other than determined and skilful approaches.  Since last September, IMCRA has applied for no fewer than 13 grants; and in each case we've selected a grantor whose goals, mission and requirements have matched precisely the goals, mission and needs of PIVAT.  Unfortunately and frustratingly in each case, despite well-composed, informative and comprehensive applications, bolstered by engaging supportive materials, these applications have been dismissed with little more than a generic form letter.  

In most cases such communications note the "large number of applications" received.  We find this a tremendously inappropriate excuse for a form letter since the value and importance of an individual project bears no relation to the number of applications received.  PIVAT stands alone and above other favored projects as it answers a critical and always-pressing need in a way no other program has to date anywhere around the world. 

By affording those first on the scene in a medical emergency the chance to access medical professional-approved advice and instructions for rapid therapeutic intervention, well before any EMT becomes available, countless lives may be saved and long-term complications avoided.  This need is overwhelmingly the case in rural areas around the world where professional help may be hours or days in coming, if it arrives at all.

At IMCRA we know how important this program is and so will continue to redouble our efforts to secure a large enough grant (>$5,000.00) to enable the launch of this system worldwide.  However in the meanwhile we would greatly appreciate your continued support in whatever amount you can afford; and in the event that any of our friends have knowledge of a granting agency which would rapidly and sincerely commit to supporting the PIVAT program we would be overwhelmingly grateful to hear from you.  Any insights of this nature should be relayed to our executive director, Dr. Thomas G. Hedberg at hedberg@imcra.org.

PIVAT Basics
PIVAT Basics
Rural Vietnam Universal Smartphone Use
Rural Vietnam Universal Smartphone Use
Immediate Aid at Scene: Video
Immediate Aid at Scene: Video

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Feb 1, 2019

Is Good Samaritanism Finished?

knowing what to do when it's needed
knowing what to do when it's needed

Dear Friends,

One of the most fundamental reasons for the very existence of entities like GlobalGiving and our own International Medical Crisis Response Alliance is our need to care for others who are striving for a better life, facing a crisis, or simply less fortunate then ourselves.  This desire to help is one of the fundamental traits which characterizes most of humanity. 
As you know from our last report, nearly a year ago this February the Prompt Intervention Volunteer 1st Aid Tutorial (PIVAT) program got off to a highly encouraging start with our multinational meeting in Bangkok, Thailand.  During three days of productive sessions we worked with out partner organization, the Asian Disaster Preparedness Centeer (ADPC) and representatives from 11 nations to assess the need for and applicability of the program worldwide.
With this smartphone-based system in place, anyone passing the scene of an emergency can instantly use the PIVAT app to intervene effectively in an acute medical crisis (e.g. heart attack, stroke, drowning, fracture poisoning etc.).  The proficiency and depth of the system increases with each new module recorded and made available.  The emergencies our faculty has covered run the spectrum from auto crash, to domestic accident, to electric shock to animal bite.  Modules are also keyed to the special requirements of intervening when children or elderly people are at risk.
The only difficulty we have encountered thusfar is a surprising one.  The international foundation grant system for some reason has not considered PIVAT worthy of attention.  This has been surprising because there is virtually no reason not to support such a system, particularly when it closely matches the partnership goals directly stated by the foundations we've approached.  It's a bit of a puzzler, but it hasn't discouraged us.  We've been studying the grant system, refining our approaches and getting a bit smarter in the process.  In order to get the PIVAT system fully operational, advertised and into appropriate utilization, a critical mass of basic funding is required.  The system can become fully functional with a seed fund og $15K so that is our goal, and we are comitted to it.  In the meanwhile we've been forging ahead with your help and support until that "really big" grant comes in. Virtually every representative attending the launch conference reported experiences with badly injured children and adults suffering and sometimes not surviving an auto crash, domestic accident, drowning, electric shock or animal bite...simply because no one knew what to do while waiting for qualified help (which often never arrived).  PIVAT can make this situation a thing of the past  worldwide.
We know good samaritanism is not finished and we cannot think of a better comprehensive cause to raise funds for, so any help you can offer will be greatly and humbly appreciated.  Our faculty is recruited and ready.  We and are partners are ready.  We simply need to "grease the skids".

The ADPC team at our organzational meeting
The ADPC team at our organzational meeting
The PIVAT app in use
The PIVAT app in use
One of our faculty recording a module in English
One of our faculty recording a module in English
PIVAT  Easily installed and read on any smartphone
PIVAT Easily installed and read on any smartphone
The ADPC and IMCRA team
The ADPC and IMCRA team

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Sep 7, 2018

Bad Earthquake in Sapporo Japan

Some of the Damage
Some of the Damage

Dear Friends,

As of 03:00 AM this morning a serious 6.6 earthquake struck the area around Sapporo Japan.  Apparently there is widespread destruction and disruption of needed services.  This comes at a particularly bad time for Japan which has been locked in the grip of a severe heat wave all summer.

IMCRA has had extensive experience dealing with the Kumamoto and 3-11 earthquake/tsunami in Japan and now intends to mobilize the PIVAT program to meet the needs of isolated communities (like hard-hit Atsuma) which now have lost access to medical services.

Because aftershocks are expected to continue for a week or more we want to get our system up and avaialable to all people in need as soon as possible.  Any help you can offer in this regard will be appreciated.

 Sincerely,

The IMCRA PIVAT Medical Team

Houses are down with an unknown number of injuries
Houses are down with an unknown number of injuries
Regions affected
Regions affected
PIVAT ACCESS SCREEN
PIVAT ACCESS SCREEN
Original IMCRA Japan Program
Original IMCRA Japan Program

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