Piyush Tewari

Ashoka Fellow
India,
Fellow Since 2013
Save Life Foundation

Citation

This profile was prepared when Piyush Tewari was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2013.
The New Idea
To reduce fatalities in road accidents, Piyush is creating a cohesive response system connecting citizens, police, ambulances, and hospitals. Through the SaveLife Foundation Piyush is developing a design based on timely notification to stakeholders when an accident occurs, with bystander first-aid care, victim transportation to the hospital, and hospital’s prepared to receive patients.

Combining community volunteerism with healthcare, technology, and law enforcement, Piyush is creating a trained network of first responders who can reach the victims within minutes and start providing trauma care before the arrival of the police or an ambulance. To allow people to come forward and help the victims without hesitating, Piyush is advocating for a supportive and ethical legal environment for Good Samaritans. Currently, the absence of such protections often leads to harassment, involvement in criminal cases, and false charges for those who were trying to help.

In collaboration with citizens, police, and healthcare providers, Piyush has developed response models that fit both rural and urban conditions. The police and hospitals have welcomed his intervention, enabling them to use the help of volunteers, and align the entire emergency response system toward saving lives.
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