Who we are

The Emergency First Aid Response (EFAR) System is a community-based health intervention designed to both lay the foundation backbone of a new emergency medical system in a developing country, and to support it until full maturity

What we do

  1. Training
    EFARs are trained by their fellow community members, who are closely supervised by doctors and officials from the Cape Town Emergency Medical System...
  2. Management
    A governing body organizes the administrative logistics of the EFAR system. This includes funding the system, supplying medical equipment, maintaining the quality of the training and supporting community course instructors...
  3. Research
    The EFAR System is very new, and so a great amount of research is being done to perfect the model and to assess the system's impact on morbidity, mortality and the community at large...
  4. Growth
    After the success of the first EFAR System in Cape Town, we have received multiple requests to adapt and establish the system in other developing regions and foreign countries...

Get involved

We are looking for doctors, professionals, academics and students of all types to volunteer and become involved with our goal of providing quick emergency care to those in need.

We welcome general volunteers to work for us, and also encourage each person to design and pursue an individual/group project on a topic that he or she is passionate about.

Personal projects do not need to be fully designed before arrival, we welcome people to come as a general volunteer and then start a project or join an existing one.

If a volunteer simply wants to gain experience and not pursue research or a project then that is fine as well. Our policy is that so long as a volunteer is not detrimental and has a chance of being beneficial then we are more than happy to have him or her here to help and to improve their skills, not just for the benefit of the EFAR System but for emergency medicine in the world beyond.

Previous interns have come from all over. We have had high school students, PhD candidates, Fulbright scholars, medical and public health students, and qualified doctors come from multiple countries and universities.

Experience is helpful but not necessary. What is important is that you bring your personal skills and apply them how you think you can best help our system. We believe that when people are passionate about their work they will do the best jobs.

Contact us

For more information on how to apply please email a CV to Kim Claasen at Kimclaas@pgwc.gov.za

Include in the body of the email:

  1. Who you are, and that you are interested in working with us
  2. How long you would like to stay
  3. What fields you are interested in
  4. What you would like to do or any ideas you have for projects
  5. Any other questions or comments you have

We look forward to hearing from you.


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