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May 2, 2003
Media Advisory: Toronto paramedics heading to Sri Lanka in fall 2003 after successful emergency medicine program in Cambodia
Emergency Medical Services -- Global Medic and Toronto EMS invite members of
the public and media to a presentation thanking the major contributors to the
successful emergency medicine program in Cambodia and to launch a mission by
Toronto paramedics to Sri Lanka in October 2003.

Date: Tuesday, May 6

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Place: Toronto EMS 34 Station
674 Markham St., Toronto
(One block west of Bathurst, just north of Bloor. Parking at the rear).

The Cambodia emergency medicine capacity building project was coordinated by
Toronto EMS paramedic Rahul Singh on behalf of the Global Medic, an arm of the
David McAntony Gibson Foundation (DMGF). A team of 10 Toronto EMS paramedics,
a York Region paramedic and an emergency department nurse from Mount Sinai
Hospital collected and shipped over a quarter million dollars worth of donated
emergency medical equipment to Siem Reap, Cambodia. The Global Medic team then
spent a month in Cambodia, from early February to early March, training local
emergency medical personnel including doctors, nurses, paramedics, firefighters
and airport security staff, in paramedic practices and familiarizing them with
the donated equipment.

This program significantly increased the availability of emergency medical care
to over 1.2 million Cambodians whose country's medical infrastructure has been
eroded during years of civil strife and war.

After the Cambodia mission, Rahul Singh traveled to Sri Lanka, another country
recovering from decades of civil war, where he met representatives of local
organizations and the United Nations. Global Medic is organizing another team
of Toronto EMS paramedics to deliver a similar capacity building program in Sri
Lanka in October 2003. The United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the
United Nations Mine Action Office (UNMAO), and The Student Volunteer Project
(TSVP), a group of Sri Lankan-Canadian students based in Toronto, have agreed
to work with Global Medic and Toronto EMS on the mission. More detailed program
information will be available at the event.

For more information on Global Medic - David McAntony Gibson Foundation, see or contact
Rahul Singh at

Media Contact
Toronto EMS



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