Until the initiation of the Aman Foundation’s Emergency Medical Service — AMANAMBULANCE, the existence of an advanced life-saving ambulance service in Karachi was unknown. This was because a majority of Karachi’s ambulances merely served as transport vehicles with untrained staff and little or no lifesaving equipment or supplies.
Also since the cost of ambulance services vary depending on genre and distance covered, services such as these often prove unaffordable for a large segment of the city’s population. In addition to this, haphazard location of ambulance stations with little or no correlation to population density figures compound the challenge.
Due to these constraints, many patients fail to receive basic timely stabilisation services from ambulance attendants thereby resulting in loss of numerous lives before reaching the hospital. According to a study, nearly 15 per cent of severely injured children die en route to medical facilities.