Emergency Medical Services

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Cambodia Emergency Medical Services and Capacity Building Project


In Cambodia, there is significant need to train first responders (road police, community volunteers, and health center staff). Cambodia has seen a 70% increase in the volume of road traffic over the last 6 years, but has been unprepared for this growth. The number of fatalities has almost doubled in the last eight years. According to the Cambodia Road Crash and Victim Information System 2012 data, in the provinces only 20% of casualties can reach the first health facility in less than 30 minutes; 42% took more than 2 hours. People are dying due to insufficient first aid at the scene, slow transport to a hospital, and not enough trained medical help at the hospital.

Project Goals

  • Reduce secondary injuries and mortality from trauma by implementing emergency medical services in eight provinces.
  • Integrate a PCR (Patient Care Form) into all the provincial hospitals and Emergency units of the 8 project provinces.
  • Bolster care by training all levels of providers, including First Responders, and offering equipment and technical support.
  • Increase the quality of care by providing first responder training to the community.

Program Offerings

  • MTI will teach more than 3,300 hospital staff, ambulance personnel and community members at the EMT Basic or First Responder level.
  • 70 master trainers will be skilled to teach "EMT Basic."


  • Eight provincial health departments in targeted areas of the country.
  • The national Ministry of Health.
  • The University Research Co. (URC) provides $50,000 through 2015 calendar year (part of FY16) in the form of a USAID grant.
Local resources are also leveraged in the form of: MTI staff members tap “master trainers” – local health care workers who have received MTI’s training – to train future classes. The Ministry of Health provides MTI with its staff to be trained; MOH also sets aside training spaces and provides technical support.
MTI staff provides first responder training.

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