That’s why in 2011, Christian Gross of Switzerland and Dr. Misha S. Kruck set up an organization to provide aeromedical resources to the Okavango Delta. Ten years later the Okavango Air Rescue, or O.A.R., operates two Pilatus PC-12 airframes along with a pair of Bell Jetranger 206 III helicopters. It started as an organization with a sharp focus on airborne evacuations, but now it’s grown to serve as a provider of general medicine through operating a polyclinic alongside its aeromedical operations. Doctors, pilots, nurses, paramedics, and administration staff make up the organization, most of them from Botswana. To date, nearly 20,000 patients have been served at the polyclinic and roughly 1,500 people seeking medical attention have flown with O.A.R.’s aeromedical services. If the patient doesn’t have insurance that will cover the costs of the assistance, O.A.R. waives the cost.
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