Medic Outpost's mission is to provide training and equipment to remote first responders in rural Kenya. Medic Outpost will be training community healthcare workers in rural counties to provide basic emergency care and diagnostic evaluations in within their communities. First responders will be in contact with area medical professionals for consultation through the extensive cellular network in Kenya. Medical control will determine the treatment needed and the proper course of action.
Africans living in remote rural areas are dying at ever increasing numbers from preventable illness and injury. Healthcare is difficult to reach and expensive for rural populations in Kenya. Rural hospitals are overwhelmed. They lack funding and resources to provide care to the increasing population. Patients are often unable to reach distant hospitals and cannot afford basic hospital and clinic charges, which cause minor medical conditions to become more serious and often life threatening.
The project goals are to partner with the county community healthcare departments and provide their community representatives with first responder training. Those responders work and live within the community and will provide basic care along with the ability to "tele-medicine" with local medical professionals on treatment options and plans. First responders can intervene with minor treatments and relay diagnostics information to medical professionals in the event of more serious conditions.
The most important long-term impact from the Medic Outpost model will be to expand the footprint of rural emergency healthcare. First responders will partner with existing hospitals to provide dispatched emergency care for the counties which often have no response. By providing a level of initial care and evaluation in the community setting, the project will decrease the expense and hardship of travel to a county hospital. County medical facilities will benefit from decreased patient load.