Remote Area Medical® (RAM) was founded in 1985 by Stan Brock. Stan was a man of many talents: a cattle rancher, star of TV and film, and an animal enthusiast. He was also a bush pilot committed to improving the health outcomes of people with little or no access to medical care. He developed the idea for RAM while working at the Dadanawa Ranch in Guyana and RAM remains committed to the region. The Guyana Air Ambulance Program connects patients and their loved ones living in remote villages in the region with healthcare providers. Without this vital program, many lives would be adversely affected if not lost.
In 2019, thanks to your generosity, the Guyana Air Ambulance program has benefited close to 230 patients and connected more than 140 caregivers to people in need. RAM pilots logged nearly 150 hours of flight and traveled 14,376 miles. The program is responsible for providing $264,290 in value of care to some of Guyana’s most impoverished populations. With your continued support, RAM will keep filling healthcare gaps in the nation that inspired its existence.
The terrain in Guyana, both physical and financial, has consistently contributed to its citizens’ healthcare resource scarcity. Remote Area Medical’s Guyana Air Ambulance program is designed to be part of the solution to this problem. RAM pilots connect healthcare providers with patients who live in the less accessible portions of the country.
During May, June, and July, RAM’s Guyana Air Ambulance program provided $151,070 in value of care to 104 patients including 36 children. Nearly 90 caregivers, patient family members, and healthcare professionals also used the service. In this three-month span, RAM pilots logged more than 78 hours of flight, traveled 7,412 miles, and transported 193 people.
Remote Area Medical’s founder Stan Brock came up with the concept for the organization while working as a cattle rancher in Guyana. The Guyana Air Ambulance is one of the main ways RAM® continues to keep the promise Mr. Brock made to the indigenous people of the region so many years ago. The area continues to be plagued by transportation difficulties and healthcare resource scarcity. Remote Area Medical enduringly attempts to fill those gaps.
In the past three prior months, 68 patients (including 7 children) have benefited from our Guyana Air Ambulance program. More than 30 people were fitted with eye glasses and 26 flight dentists, caregivers, flight nurses, and family members were transported to tend to those in need. RAM pilots traveled more than 3,800 miles while helping to provide $56,860 in value of care. With your support, this vital work will continue.
Remote Area Medical is continuing Stan Brock's promise to the people of Guyana by operating its free air ambulance program. Guyana is an extremely isolated region and much of the country suffers from a lack of healthcare resources and transportation infrastructure. This is especially true in the more rural areas of the country. This is why RAM has operated its free air amulance program for 18 years.
RAM currently has data for January of 2019 in which 56 people (including 7 children) benefited from the free RAM air ambulance program. Through this program, 26 adults were fitted with prescription eyeglasses in January, too. The value of this care is $56,260. RAM expects to serve hundreds of more people in Guyana this year -- providing them with critical, lifesaving transportation to the hospital in times of great duress.
Remote Area Medical's free air ambulance program continues to provide free air transportation to hundreds of sick and injured people in Guyana. With few options for emergency care, RAM's air ambulance program significantly cuts travel time from rural areas to healthcare providers, a critical factor when it comes to saving lives! Between January and October of this year, 932 people (including 151 children) have utilized the free RAM air ambulance program. This equates to $718,590 in free care provided.
RAM Founder, Stan Brock, first envisioned his idea for RAM after being injured in Guyana. From the very beginning, RAM has had a committment to serving Guyana and the people who live there. To this end, RAM will continue to provide free air ambulance service to those in need. In addition, RAM will soon beging sending teams of qualifed medical professionals to help re-establish the RAM Guyana Women's Health Program. This program will utilize dedicated volunteers who will work to prevent and treat cervical cancer in Guyanese women. More information about that program can be found here: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/prevent-and-treat-cervical-cancer-in-guyana/.
As always, we appreciate your support and look forward to serving the people of Guyana together!
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