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Savan Hotlines
  • 08023302732 (Dr Eddy)
  • 08056014005 (Ambulance)
  • 08034714652 (Cent Hosp Liason)
  • 08034072135 (Cent Hosp.)
  • 08044130107 (Abuja)
  • 08023124495 (Lagos)
  • 08056014513 (Dr Eraga)
  • 08023010639 (Rev. Eddy)
  • 042251011 (Eric Igweshi -Enugu Chapter)

























































































































To increase the chance of survival of Road Traffic Accident Victims and other critical emergency conditions by acting as the victim(s) relation in the absence of their biological relatives in collaboration with the hospital designated as SAVAN Medical Centers

Objectives of SAVAN

SAVAN is established with the following objectives:
  • Provision of drugs, surgical materials and other consumables at the critical phase of hospitalization.
  • Provision of necessary funds for investigation, blood transfusion and other immediate medical services to ensure survival.
  • Communicating with relatives of accident victims within 24 to 48 hours with information on the location and situation of victim(s).
  • Acting as guarantor for the victim so that the hospital bureaucracy is reduced to the barest minimum in course of management.
  • Sensitization of the populace by use of seminar, workshop and evacuation procedure from the accident sites in order to reduce further injuries to the victim

Membership Information

Categories of Membership are

  • Founding members
  • Individual members
  • Focal members
  • Honorary members
  • Corporate members
  • International members
  • Founding members
  • Friends of SAVAN (Non-Financial Members)

Operational Coverage

SAVAN operations are intended to cover the entire country, but for now:
  1. 1st SAVAN Center - UBTH Benin City
    (fully operational since 17th February 1997)
  2. 2nd SAVAN center - Federal Medical Center, Abeokuta.
    (awaiting take off)
  3. 3rd SAVAN Center - Gwagwalada Specialist Hospital Abuja
    (Fully operational since November 24th 1997)
  4. 4th SAVAN Center - Central Hospital, Benin City
    (operational since 9th February 1998)
  5. 5th SAVAN Center - General Hospital, Ikeja. Lagos.
    (Operational since 9th February, 1999)
  6. 6th SAVAN Center - University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital(UNTH)
    (fully functional since Dec 20th 2000).
  7. 7th SAVAN Center - National Orthopedic Hospital, Dala. Kano
  8. 8th SAVAN Center - University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Ilorin
    (awaiting take-off).
  9. 9th SAVAN Centre - Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital
    (awaiting take off).
  10. 10th SAVAN Centre - Federal Medical Centre, Makurdi
    (Awaiting take off)
  11. 11th SAVAN Centre - University Of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Port Harcourt
    (awaiting take off)
  12. 12th SAVAN Centre - Otibho-Okhae Teaching Hospital


As at 22nd febuary,2001 a total of 754 patients have benefited from SAVAN operations at UBTH, 475 at Gwagwalada Specialist Hospital Abuja, 328 at Central Hospital Benin City and 235 at LASUTH Ikeja and UNTH Enugu 22.

Categories of beneficiaries

Nature of Emergency Percentage Victim
i. Road Traffic Accident (RTA) 68%
ii. Other Emergencies such as Systemic diseases, Industrial / Home accidents and assaults 32%

Sources of Finance (Fundraising Capacity)

  • Membership dues/Levies
  • Sales of “safe arrival” greeting cards/Car stickers
  • Donations from honorary,corporate and other members.

Collaboration with other Organization

  1. Collaboration with hospitals under Ministry of Health to realize most of the objectives in phase one operation.

    1. Participated in Nigeria NGO Consultative forum (NINCOF) in Kaduna from September 4th-7th, 1997
    2. Regular consultation with Federal Road Safety Corps(FRSC) Zonal Command Benin City
    3. Collaboration with Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC, Warri) in evacuation of accident victims at Ovia River and sponsorship of SAVAN seminar.
    4. Collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health in creating an awareness campaign against the Killer Kerosene explosion in Benin City in February 2001.
    5. Electronic Media
      • Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) Benin
      • NTA Newsline Abuja
      • Edo Broadcasting Service (EBS) Benin
      • Independent Television(ITV) Benin
      • The Guardian News Paper
    6. Secondary Schools used for sensitization by participating in SAVAN Jingle and Anthem Competition
    7. Member, World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine(WADEM), Winsconsin, USA

Media Advocacy

  1. NTA Benin via donation every Sunday 2-2:30pm - SAVAN and You
    (for Safety, Accident, Response Analysis, tune to SAVAN and You)
  2. Independent Television (ITB) 5-6pm on Sundays - Phone-in programme

Conferences attended

  • 12th World Congress on Disaster and Emergency Medicine (WCDEM), Lyon France. 9th–12th May 2001.
  • Capacity Building for NGOs by Federich Ebert Foundation (Goetto Institute Lagos)

Areas of Strength

  • Membership cuts across sex, profession and age, thus maximizing input at various levels at little or no cost
  • Devoid of bureaucracy in course of management of patients and replacement of utilized materials.
  • Good record keeping to enhance future epidemiological studies of patients reporting to Accident Emergency in various SAVAN designated Medical Centers.

Facilities and Equipment

  • Temporary SAVAN Secretariat(provided by Coordinator – General)
  • SAVAN Office at University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) Benin City.
  • SAVAN Office at Gwagwalada Specialist Hospital, Abuja
  • SAVAN Office at Central Hospital, Benin City (provided by the Hospital)
  • Office furniture and air-conditioners in each Hospital
  • Drugs and surgical materials in each Hospital.
  • Telefax machine at UBTH
  • Post office Box (donated by NIPOST)
  • Typewriter at UBTH (Anonymous donation)
  • Stationary
  • Courier Service (Information through Edo line drivers.)

Phases of Development

There are three phases of growth for SAVAN

Phase One – Divided into three (3) sub-units.

  • Major SAVAN Units (MSU) intended to cover all teaching,orthopaedic and state hospitals nation-wide.
  • Intermediate SAVAN Units (ISU) to cover hospital located along arterial highways nation-wide.
  • Peripheral SAVAN Units (PSU) to cover rural health centers

Phase Two (Ambulatory phase)

  • Develop appropriate training programme for Medics and Paramedics rescue operation, which will gradually metamorphose to Rapid Rescue Unit (RRU).

Phase Three

  • SAVAN Medical Centers base on experience and financial liquidity SAVAN will begin to pull out of the hospitals gradually.
  • As these phases are in progress, a state of the art communication is expected to be functional at all SAVAN designated medical centers so as facilitate communication

Monitoring and Evalution

  • Use of screening forms for beneficiary victims
  • Regular sensitization visit by SAVAN members to beneficiary victims
  • Use of evaluation/monitoring committee
  • Use of Liaison Officer and focal members to assess daily stock of drugs/surgical materials.


Information management is divided into three (3) categories.

  • To relations of accident victims through
    • Telephone
    • Courier Service
    • Hand delivery by our staff (SAVAN Liaison Officer)
  • To focal members in collaborating hospitals through
    • Regular Consultative meetings
    • Liaison Officer/Chief Focal Member
    • Memorandums/letters/circulars
  • To members of the public
    • Regular sensitization meetings with association/churches/clubs and other humanitarian agencies
    • Electronic and print media interviews
    • Posters/greeting cards /car stickers


Stakeholders are grouped into 2 categories

Active Stakeholders Potential Stakeholders
1. Board of Trustees of SAVAN Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC)
2. Executive Council of SAVAN Major Transport Unions
3. Patrons / Advisers of SAVAN Federal / State Ministries of Health
4. Focal Members of SAVAN Potential donors
5. Members of SAVAN Other Governmental Agencies and NGOs
6. Management Board of Collaborating Hospital
7. Beneficiaries Accident Victims
8. Electronic Media Institutions
9. SAVAN Sponsors and Friends
10. The Public

Procurement Systems

Drug and Cosumable purchases are made through

  • Direct purchases from collaborating Hospitals
  • Credit Facility
  • Other Sources that are devoid of bureaucracy
  • Donations

Major Constraints in SAVAN Operations

  1. Drugs/consumables to meet up with the increasing demands of explanation to hospitals nation-wide.
  2. Transportation – Lack of coordinating vehicles and ambulances to enhance the operation of the hospital and facilitate evacuation of victims
  3. Communication Gadgets: - Telephone, Telefax, E-Mail
  4. Printing and Typing Equipment
    • Computers
    • Electric Typewriters
    • Binding Machines
    • Photocopy Machines
  5. Training of personnel especially in evacuation of victims


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