Financing an aid mission yourself? Yes, it’s possible – Johannes Häußermann is the proof, with his crowdfunding drive “An Engineer for Madagascar”.
Launched in 2016, we now operate 6 all-terrain ambulances in the rural south of the island. The journeys take them over dirt roads, through rivers and across country. Drivers and vehicles are often pushed to their limits.
A 9-hour drive over 237km, mostly on dirt roads, brings us from the coastal city of Tulear to Fotadrevo. The last time we were here was in 2012.
The lack of network coverage in rural regions of Madagascar often prevents life-saving emergency calls from being made – but if the emergency call is received, every second counts. In order to be able to prepare for emergency missions in the best possible way despite precarious medical equipment, our teams in the south have been reinforced:
Dr. med. Caroline Ferse is a specialist in neurology and has been driving emergency medical services in Berlin for 5 years.
It’s the beginning of the rainy season, but we are lucky: it only takes us nine hours to cover the 250 km from Tulear to Fotadrevo.