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NEW YORK —NYC Medics will be deploying emergency medical teams to Iraq this month to help save civilian lives in the ongoing battle by coalition forces to retake the embattled city of Mosul from ISIS. […]


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NEW YORK—Is it an invention when you discover something that was always there? Something that was just waiting for someone to point to it, and declare it a great idea?

It’s a semantic argument, for sure. But it’s how I often feel about the NYC Medics model of disaster response—our unique approach to emergency medical response that uses small, lightweight, resilient, and flexible Mobile Medical Teams to deploy quickly into areas of the world that not might otherwise get reached. These MMTs afford a different way to address the challenges of getting disaster relief to people faster, and to those typically much harder to reach.

Ten years ago, during our founding mission to Pakistan, we “discovered” this model of post-disaster response. It allowed us to go faster, farther, and work in harsher conditions than mobile hospitals can. It allowed us to target people trapped in highly inaccessible areas—outside of the highly populated areas that other disaster aid groups typically have a hard time reaching (and so, therefore, do not).

Initial analytics might point to more people being served with fewer resources in high population areas, but many of those people have other options, or can wait longer, while people in inaccessible areas die frequently from the most easily remedied ailments. Even minor interventions, like cleaning wounds, delivered in remote villages, quickly after an event, can have profound and long-lasting effects on a life, a family, on us all. 

After more than 10 years, we’ve learned how to work in those dark and silent areas on a disaster map. Silence does not equal “all is fine.” In fact, it’s very often the absolute opposite. Having sent 30 teams over 10 years on 12 very different missions, we’ve proven that this “outside-in” model of working the edges first, while others work the center, is eminently feasible, reaches others not otherwise reached, and it’s inexpensive. 

We think it’s time for the world to take notice—not of us, but of the model. The discovery, and the logistical and deployment challenges it solves for all disaster relief efforts in a region, are too important to be addressed by just one one group. In the parlance of the IT world, we want to “open source” this model, and help others to use this approach so that more people can be helped when disaster hits.

—Steve Muth

(Steve is a co-founder of NYC Medics)


[PHOTO: Phil Suarez, NYC Medics]


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NEW YORK — I have always wanted, personally, to have NYC Medics invite many of our volunteers to participate in some kind of group challenge or competition that would be suited just for them. Our disaster relief medics love a tough challenge in outdoor environments, so when we got together last Sunday for the Tough Mudder Challenge on Long Island, we all had a lot of fun.

We did the half-course, which involves negotiating an obstacle course through mud and climbing and physical exertion that tests fitness in the field. It’s muddy. And at the end of the day, it’s easy to become about 10 to 15 pounds heavier with all the mud stuck to your clothes.

It was a great day and we had an amazing team. Thank you to everyone who supported our efforts. Pledges and donations are still coming in, and we’re on track to raise $10,000 from this day and this team, alone. We’re now thinking we’ll do this again next year, and maybe assemble regional Tough Mudder teams to compete with each other to help us raise funds for our mission. [Check out our Facebook page photo book for more photos of us at the event.]

What we learned most from doing this event is that teamwork in fundraising, like teamwork in the field, can be incredibly rewarding—and can have a big impact. A group fundraising event like Tough Mudder can help people achieve their personal goals as well as the giving goals of the nonprofit they love. Our volunteers were deeply engaged and passionate about winning funds for us and crossing that finish line first. [And did we mention that our team won?]

This was our first time, ever, doing the Tough Mudder event, but it won’t be our last. Watch this space for 2017’s dates and times.

— Kathy Bequary


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