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Ambulances

One of the greatest challenges for people living in Funzi and Bodo is the isolation and lack of transport. People can die because they can’t reach the medical care they need.

The Funzi and Bodo Trust operates a water and road ambulance service. This means that any time of the day or night people on Funzi can get off the island and be met at the shore by a vehicle.

This has made a huge difference. Previously a young lobster fisherman was bitten by a shark while diving. He bled to death because he couldn’t get off the island and to hospital. The trust has saved the lives of numerous women experiencing difficulties in pregnancy. Simply by being able to get them to hospital.

The Trust employs a local driver and boat captain who are on call 24 hours a day.

The vehicle also makes it possible for the trust to bring in specialist doctors each mont for special surgeries.

In 2010 Ashley and Sara Peatfield and the Funzi medical team were involved in organising a rescue operation following storms. The team helped people from an overturned boat in shark infested waters using the ambulances. Sadly, a bride and groom were among those who died.

The boat called The York Viking also helps villagers reach the shore for other reasons. Getting vegetables and fish to market before it deteriorates can have a big impact on the prosperity of families.