Greetings friends and family! Apologies for the long absence, but GRM is once again gearing up!
First off- what have we been doing?
Since November of 2017 GRM has been finishing up a lot of administrative tasks, IE: Paperwork. The bane of all our existence! What does that actually translate to?
GRM was successfully able to keep track of a variety of data throughout the operations in Mosul, Hawija, and Tal Afar, specifically patient data. Keeping a trauma data registry is an important, although tedious task, which allows us to analyze patient outcomes.
So what does our data tell us?
Of patients logged, 53% were critically injured, and based off of data listed our Pre-Hospital Trauma survival rate was 94%– which is on-par with trauma survival rates of the U.S Military.
It also tells us that GRM treated a higher severity of injury than the average trauma center in the U.S (when comparing Injury Severity Scores) and it shows us that we treat more pediatric patients (by about 0.5%). A small margin, but these details affect how we plan for future missions so it’s important to track.
It also bears out that GRM performed MASCAL operations about 33% of the time. Meaning that we are exceptionally well prepared for dealing with large influxes of patients at one time with outstanding outcomes!
All of this is thanks to our awesome volunteers who worked in and out of the field. Without you – none of this would be possible.
We have also recently done some work restructuring the board and making operations more functional. As with anything- GRM has many parts and we are hopeful that this new structure will help make us more efficient and streamlined. Wanna help out more? Email one of us (Pete, Alex, Candy or Helen) and we will totally put you to work.
So where are we going from here?
Currently GRM is working on a partnership with Joint Help for Kurdistan (JHK) – an international non-profit organization working with Yezidis in Kurdistan since 2014. Following the ISIS ignited humanitarian crisis that affected hundreds of thousands of Yezidi’s and other minorities in Kurdistan, these internally displaced people now live in camps in the Duhok Province in the northwest of Kurdistan with no villages or homes to return to. There are two camps in the area, each camp housing around 5,500 people. These camps have limited access to food, medicine, education and basic necessities of living.
We are working to break the cycles of poverty and illiteracy through development of sewing and ceramics micro-businesses by securing craft supplies and equipment, as well as attire for the Yezidi girl’s football (soccer) teams.
We are also working with JHK to facilitate medically necessary surgeries for people in the camps. This is often achieved through a combination of donations, outreach, collaboration with other organizations, and logistical support (like driving and providing a place to stay during the surgery/recovery).
We also hope to support the clinic JHK is running by sending medical volunteers to the area in the near future to support access to primary health care.
Hypertension isn’t the adrenaline pumping emergency that a gunshot wound is- but it turns out it will kill you just the same. And these people need our help. A GOFUND ME (https://www.gofundme.com/yezidi-support) site has been created especially for our work with JHK.
The healthcare crisis in Yemen is rapidly expanding. Currently millions of civilians are dependent on international aid for basic necessities of life and millions more have limited to no access to basic healthcare.
Fighting continues to impact locals, with traumatic injuries overwhelming local resources and exacerbating an already complicated health care crisis. Last week 55 school children were killed when the bus they were riding in was hit by an airstrike.
GRM has drafted a proposal to assist in a similar manner as our operations in Mosul and Tal Afar and we hope to hear back from the World Health Organization (WHO) soon. STAY TUNED!
Recently, Board Member Helen Perry and volunteer Katie Batrouney, assisted a partner organization in a field assessment of the healthcare needs of rural Bangladesh, as well as a site assessment of the Rohingya Refugee Camps located in Cox Bazaar.
The needs in rural Bangladesh are many, to say the least. Lacking medical care, limited to no access to specialty care, pre and post-natal care as well as basic dentistry and optometry mean that basic, easy to treat healthcare problems are left untreated or unrecognized creating a significant burden. While Millions of dollars continue to flow into the Refugee areas (as is absolutely needed given their own crisis) the wonderful Bengali people are also left in a bind. GRM is looking to continue partnering with organizations serving in these areas, as well as to assist in the Refugee camps to help create a lasting, sustainable, healthcare solution for rural Bangladesh.
So how do we move forward and how can you support?
First off: we need volunteers. Paramedics, Nurses, Doctors, Nurse Practitioners, and Physician Assistants. If you are already signed up as a volunteer- please spread the word that we are continuing to expand our roster of volunteers. We also need other volunteers as well: fundraising, event planning, logistics, etc. So call your friends!
Second: Funding. If you know easy ways of getting free money (legally)- let us know. Otherwise we are left raising funds to support our operations. Donations can be made to our website, and honestly even a simple share via social media can make a huge impact.
Third: Swag. Check out our awesome GRM swag. Not only is our swag SUPER comfortable AND stylish- it also helps to support our operations.
So… stay tuned!
-Semper Vitae (Always Life)-