Flying Medical Service We are a U.S. non-profit, strictly volunteer organization which provides regular
preventive and curative health care mostly for Maasai people, air transport for medical emergencies, as well as health education
We've been based at Arusha airport in Tanzania since 1983. We provide our services for people throughout the region regardless of religious affiliation, ethnic background, or ability to pay immediately. We work in remote areas that are far from regular health care facilities.
FMS has full-time volunteer staff, most of whom are pilots and paramedics. We also have volunteer doctors and nurses on stand-by from nearby hospitals and clinics. The government of Tanzania has granted us important exemptions which help us to provide our services as affordably as possible for the average Tanzanian citizen
The area where Flying Medical Service operates is one of the most remote and spectacularly beautiful places in the world. The people who live here are equally spectacular. But when someone is sick, and medical help is so far away, the vast distances can turn this beauty into a nightmare.
We recently had an accidentThat's why we are starting this campaign. The accident happened while performing medical outreach in the Tanzanian bush. Without an aircraft, we can't provide emergency flights or clinical services. Since insurance for the type of flying we do is prohibitive, we need to raise the money in order to purchase another one.
The kind of bush flying we do carries a lot of risks, but it is worth it, as last year alone we saw almost 30,000 people on clinics. The accident however, has left us with limited means in bringing our services to those in need. Tanzania, has the worst doctor to patient ratio in the world with only one doctor for 125,000 people!
That is why Flying Medical Service is here. The world gets smaller every day. We're all in this together. So, we humbly ask for your help in making this happen. Your kindness and generosity will enable our organization to resume it's work for the people who you will likely never see, but who benefit tremendously from it. Thanks for being with us.
- To see more about our work, then please visit http://www.FlyingMedicalService.org
- Here is a small gallery of clinical outreach photos: http://imgur.com/a/9ZpSu#0
- Or you can see our volunteer crew on our facebook page here
If you would like to see the fate of our airplane, and the miracle it is that everyone survived and is out of the hospital, you can view those here: https://imgur.com/a/Vyiok#0