What We Do

Park.Doctor is an oversight Body that guides the development and organisation of medical capability in Parks.  It’s how doctors help Parks.  It governs layperson helpers, coordinates professional medical services and interfaces with regulators.

Park.Doctor bridges the gaps between Tourism, Medicine and Conservation.

Making Medical Work For Parks.

People activities in parks are unique. They involve anti-poaching and law enforcement, they involve research in the wilderness, they involve ecotourism and hosting guests – all in places with absolutely no infrastructure whatsoever and where movement to a medical facility is often difficult, very disruptive to work deployment or leisure trips and often takes many hours, or even days, to effect. 

An effective, collaborative solution is needed that addresses the needs of all people visiting, working in and living around parks and protected areas. This solution has to include specialised knowledge and logistical management that sources and provides the right resources to the right places, and sets standards that make medical work effectively in parks for everyone involved. 

The right solution means that right medical infrastructure. The right medical infrastructure is how we help the health of people in parks and thus the health of the parks and protected areas. 

 

This is about collaboration and partnerships, and working together with medical professionals, regulators, tourism operators and park management to define and uphold universal standards, best practice and protocol for managing medical in parks. 

By working together, we create medical infrastructure that is good for everyone – the parks and protected areas included. 

“If you want to go fast go alone, if you want to go far, go together.” 

- African Proverb

Who We Are Doing it For

Supporting Travelers and Tourism

Ecotourism contributes to conservation while putting people in remote areas with no medical infrastructure. For tourism to be responsible, people visiting remote places need to be safer and more comfortable and medical needs to be managed correctly. It means mitigating risk and saving trips, not only lives. We do both.

Helping Park Management and Rangers

Park Management and Park Rangers work tirelessly each day to support ecotourism and protect the parks and protected species from illegal exploitation. We need to ensure that these people, at the frontline of conservation, are protected against illness, injury and unnecessary deaths so that they can continue to do their very important work.

Benefitting Local Park Communities

The biggest conservation success stories of our time involve the local people. We see poachers becoming conservationists and communities who abused natural resources coming to not only treasure, but protect them. By offering healthcare to these people, we make their lives better and provide powerful incentives for them to help with conservation work.