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Communications is a challenge in Central Madagascar where roads and other transport networks are virtually nonexistent. The small radio network run by the Oblate mission is a lifeline in emergencies. When a seriously ill person or a pregnant woman requires urgent medical care, the Mission can radio ahead to both an emergency helicopter service and the Lutheran Mission, which builds and operates runways and helipads in the region. Thanks to the miracle of radio, they can keep in contact with these partner organisations as they evacuate the patient to the nearest airstrip.
It can take up to three days to get a patient just 50 kilometres overland to an airstrip. When their radio broke down completely, they applied to us for help. Thanks to the expertise and generosity of Robert Byrne (see main photo), they now have a new and much better radio and radio support equipment.