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Maldivian Sihhath Initiative

The Maldivian Sihhath Initiative was established by our founder Dai Rees, and has been successfully running as a sub project to the DRF for 4 years. The concept of this initiative is to deliver bespoke first aid and emergency first response training to local island communities across the Maldives. In addition to this, The MSI team also source and donate serviceable emergency medical equipment to island health centers and hospitals across the region.

To date, the team have completed 7 projects spanning 3 Atolls and over 20 islands, with approximately 500 individuals from school-children to Doctors trained in a variety of pre-hospital skills. These include Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation, Basic Life Support, recognition of medical emergencies, and extrication and management of trauma patients from challenging environments.

This project owes much of its success to the support from resorts such as Soneva Fushi and Soneva Jani. These resorts, who share the same vision as MSI have facilitated travel and logistics on 5 of the projects, which demonstrates the ongoing commitment to improving the lives of local communities, that ultimately help their resort run.



Life Support Nepal

As part of a second sister Project established from the experiences of volunteers in the nation, Life support Nepal looks to improve emergency care in rural communities. With 75% of the population living outside major cities, an underdeveloped transport network and the famously undulating terrain, the health service faces difficult challenges. Life Support Nepal aims to improve health care in remote communities and across the country through education and working with outreach health programs and established medical institutions. The initiative has worked with Dhulikhel Emergency Medical Services (DEMS) to facilitate the training of an effective pre-hospital care service and the Department for Community Programme providing education on current evidence based practice in emergency care. The team hope to expand


training to include other medical fields and continue to reach the most remote regions of the country.


Comprehensive Emergency First Response Training

  • Emergency First Aid At Work (EFAW)
  • Emergency First Response
  • Basic Life Support (BLS)
  • Use of Automatic External Defibrillator (AED)
  • Basic Airway Management

Water Rescue Awareness & Training

  • Water Safety and Awareness
  • Prevention of water related incidents
  • Basic Water Rescue Techniques
  • Use of Torpedo rescue aid

Community Outreach

  • Public Health
  • Health Awareness
  • General Health Clinics
  • Donation of Emergency Medical Response Equipment
    • Ambulance Response Bags
    • Automatic External Defibrillator
    • Extrication equipment
    • Consumables, e.g. airway management, trauma dressings

Emergency Resillience

  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Major Incident & Disaster Response
  • Multi Casualty Triage

Specialst Pre-Hospital Emergecny Response Training

  • Patient Assessment Skills
  • Obstetrics and Maternity Emergencies
  • Assessment & Management of Severe Infection and Sepsis in remote regions
  • Difficult extrication of Trauma patients

Building Legacy

The whole DRF team are committed to delivering high quality, up-to-date education to all. The ultimate goal is to build a legacy whereby remote communities can maintain their own skills and knowledge.

By extending our training to schools and health centers we ensure that awareness is built from grass roots and knowledge is retained through regular refresher training.


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