It might be Global Medic’s quick-draw approach to disaster response that has led some to brand them as cowboys in the aid world. It could also be the piss and vinegar commitment its executive director Rahul Singh brings to wringing the most from every dollar, but either way Singh doesn’t much care what others think; he just wants to get in and get out and get the job done — as fast as is humanly possible.
Based in the Greater Toronto Area, Global Medic utilizes a network of volunteer first responders (predominantly police, fire and EMS workers) prepared to depart at the drop of a hat and provide essential lifesaving resources and emergency medical care in disaster zones around the world. When Global Medic shows up, theirs are almost always among the first sets of boots on the ground, bringing desperately needed drinking water and emergency medical aid to victims of natural disasters.
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