The Medical Relief Foundation's healthcare development
project in Jamaica, West Indies, consists of both specific
short-term goals as well as a long-term vision for comprehensive medical
improvements. Our efforts have had an initial focus on
assisting the country's Emergency Medical Services (EMS) system.
Originally dedicated to Emergency Cardiac Care (ECC) training
and certification of the Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) of
the Jamaica Fire Brigade, this effort is now expanding to also
include assistance to volunteer ambulances, hospital-based
emergency responders, and the country's Accident and Emergency
It is understandable why Jamaica has become a popular tourist
attraction. The country has pristine white sand beaches,
beautiful rain forests, a tropical climate, majestic mountains,
delicious cuisine, diversified music, and a fascinating
history. The clear warm, azure waters contain beautiful coral
reefs which provide an endless source of fresh seafood.
Christopher Columbus described Jamaica as "the fairest land my
eyes ever beheld". While most Jamaicans are not
affluent, a happier, kinder, or more appreciative population would
be difficult to find. Despite all of these gifts, however,
Jamaica faces significant logistical difficulties.
The public healthcare system in Jamaica is constrained by
fiscal realities associated with Jamaica's relatively short history
as an independent nation, the absence of contiguous physical
borders with trading partners, the lack of energy independence, a
relatively low per-capita income and a large national debt. Despite
these very real economic challenges, Jamaica's government has taken
the moral high ground of offering universal healthcare to all of
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