Main areas of our focus
Healthy resilient communities
We believe that all people are worthy of healthy communities where all can thrive and live their best life. ECTA supports income for 30 individuals so provide health care and leadership in their home communities.
Rural Health improvement and prevention
ECTA works with local community leaders to train local women as Community Health Volunteers, equips 5 ambulances for remote areas and staffs health centers.
ECTA supports training of Health workers in caring for mothers during pregnancy, labor, and recovery. A free maternity ambulance is on call 24/7 for any mother in need of transport to a hospital.
Medical School Education
Through the Dr. Paul Brand Scholarship, ECTA supports two young women from the Darjeeling District to attend medical school abroad. These women will return to their homes after schooling to care for the health needs of their neighbors.
This is our story
In 2003, the founders of what would become ECTA, Ryan and Amanda Phillips, traveled to a remote village in the Indian Himalaya in the Darjeeling District. They had hopes of fortifying trails to the remotest areas to improve travel for those walking hours for commerce, education, and health needs. What happened in the following years was an evolution of understanding. They saw in order to truly improve the living situation for those in the most underserved regions, one could not simply fix one aspect of life. They moved to the village...
HOW WE CULTIVATE RESILIENCE
10 years of ECTA
ECTA runs 5 ambulances in the remotest regions of West Bengal to connect villagers to health care. These vehicles are on call 24/7 to provide emergency transportation to the nearest hospital, up to 5 hours away. Additionally, the largest ambulance runs groups of individuals who need a higher level of care with chronic disease. ECTA strives to keep transportation cost low for individuals to remove barriers to health care.
Health workers trained
Women from remote areas are hand selected by their communities to be health care workers. These women are trained to care for fevers, diarrhea/vomiting, monitor blood pressure, administer 1st aid and care for unexpected home births in case the mother is unable to be transported to a facility. This training is freely given to all of our health care workers and continuing education is provided. All trainings are local to keep costs as low as possible for these women.
Mothers taken to the hospital
This service is available to all mothers at the time of delivery, returning from the hospital and any time during the postpartum period for her or her child. FREE of charge! In this area of India, 101 mothers die in childbirth for every 100,000 births. 22 newborns die for every 1,000 births. Rural outcomes are much worse due to lack of access. ECTA works to eliminate barriers to access.
Sick individuals taken to the hospital
Whether it is from a bad fall while caring for the land, an unexpected illness, or chronic disease, ECTA's ambulances transport communities to the level of care they need for healing. Most families in this area are rural farmers and are unable to save money for times of emergency. Transportation on an ECTA ambulance cost only the fuel that it takes to get to the hospital. Transport on any other vehicle can cost a month's worth of income.