AMBULANCE ACCESS FOR ALL FOUNDATION INDIA,
has been set up by a group of young Indian professionals who, after their education, training and professional employment / entrepreneurial projects in US and India, realized the acute need for organized and networked Ambulance service in India for saving lives which may otherwise have been lost only for want of timely medical attention.
Ambulance Access for All Foundation India, (AAAF) has initiated, supported and promoted several projects across India towards the cause of advancement of First Aid, "Ambulance Service", Emergency Medical Services and Pre-Hospital Care since 2005. AAAF has facilitated the establishment of a self-sustainable (from its own revenue) and universally accessible (free to the poor) Life Support Ambulance service popularly known as “DIAL 1298 FOR AMBULANCE” in Mumbai & Kerala when life support Ambulance service was non existent in India and “Dial 108 for Ambulance” in several states across India supporting the operators, system and processes.
Apart from this initiative, AAAF India has also been supporting multiple projects in First Aid, Ambulance Services, Emergency Medical Response Service and Pre-Hospital Care in Bangalore, Chennai, Bihar, Kerala, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Odisha, West Bengal and Gujarat and supported previously highway emergency rescue project covering 3800 Kilometres of National Highways across multiple States.
MEMEx - I and II (Mumbai Emergency Management Exercise) was a multi-institutional public-private partnership with BMC, P J Hinduja National Hospital, LifeSupporters Institute of Health Sciences and Ambulance Access For All Foundation which brought together local emergency responders, ambulance services, educational institutions, hospitals, humanitarian agencies and state agencies to explore and strengthen the city’s emergency response system through a series of trainings and workshops followed by a table-top and a large field based drill. This was done in Mumbai 2009 and 2010.
The initiative was facilitated by Ambulance Access for All Foundation and LifeSupporters Institute of Health Sciences and led by United Nations Disaster Management Team supported by National Disaster Management Authority, Government of India and Government of Maharashtra in partnership with Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai, Mumbai University & and number of leading Private and Humanitarian Institutions. International faculty from the New York Fire Department and New York Presbyterian Hospital, USA, the teaching hospital of the medical school of Cornell University & Columbia University.
This was a rigorous 7 days long event with 8 parallel tracks running at 8 separate venues for the first four days of the event. The 5th day was a table-top exercise followed by a massive major incident -simulation drill followed by hot-wash on sixth day and gets concluded by a need assessment workshop on the last day.
Our vision is to empower every Indian to act as a first responder in the event of medical emergencies by providing them with training in First Aid and Basic Life (BLS) Support techniques. In partnership with LifeSupporters Institute of Health Sciences (https://www.lifesupporters.in), we have already conducted first aid and BLS workshops at several companies, corporate offices, schools and housing societies. Our partners in these workshops include Tata, Tata-AIG, Hindustan UniLever, Times Foundation, HSBC, BPCL, Philips, Jet Airways, Reliance, Mumbai International Airport Pvt. Ltd. (MIAL), Meru Cabs, Dhirubai Ambani International School, Ecole Mondiale World School, American School of Bombay, Anjuman Islamia Schools, HR College, St Xaviers School, Bombay Cambridge School and many more.