How new radio link is saving lives
A woman suffering complications in labour quickly got the care she needed thanks to a new high frequency radio.
MAF Technologies, with support from MAF International, installed a high frequency radio for community health workers in Musave which, due to its location, has poor mobile coverage.
Over the years, patients with severe injuries or illnesses have died when there has been no communication to arrange medical care. The most common loss of life has been related to maternity deaths.
This was the first of many HF radio requests for medical support.
The following day MAF Technologies received another call from Musave health post requesting a medevec for another pregnant mother.
The District Health Officer, Mr. Hanema Lutton wrote a letter of appreciation to thank MAF for funding the HF radio and doing a successful installation.
… On behalf of my community and colleague at Musave, we would like to kindly pass our heart felt gratitude towards your support and understanding as this facility had no communication network…
Thank you very much Mr. Bryan Mathew and also the friendly technicians from MAF who installed our radio to expose us to the world where we can receive proper health care.
“I was so happy and felt a sense of accomplishment when I heard that they used the radio to request a medevac for the pregnant mother because I was told that maternity deaths were common in Musave and either a mother would loss her life or loss her baby during delivery,” he said.
Simeon added that he is proud that he can be part of what MAF Technologies does and to use his skills to contribute towards seeing lives changed and saved.