Global Emergency Care Collaborative

GECC's mission is to improve global health by creating or improving access to quality emergency care in the developing world. GECC works with local partners in resource-poor areas to create quality sustainable emergency care systems in developing nations through development of emergency departments and training of local providers.
May 13, 2015

Happy Mother's Day!

Mother and child at ED
Mother and child at ED

GECC wants to thank all the Mothers out there for your endless love and support. Today, you can honor your Mother by donating to GECC in her name. Global Giving will increase your impact by matching every dollar you donate to GECC today only.

We have several other exciting things happening that we wanted to share with you:

  1. New Blog Post - A Mother's Perspective on What We Do: Dr. Stacey Chamberlain, GECC Co-Founder and Executive Committee Member, wrote a beautiful piece for Mother's Day discussing GECC's work from a Mother's perspective.
  2. We are proud to announce the launch of GECC's new website. We are very grateful to Carrie Hawthorne for donated time and effort in creating our new site. Please check it out HERE and let us know what you think!
  3. Since this project was funded in March, you will not be receiving any more updates from this project. In order to receive future information from GECC, you have two options. First, donate to our new project on Global Giving today! You will then be automatically signed up to receive email updates. Your other option is to sign up for GECC's e-newsletter HERE.

Thanks again for your continued support. We could not continue to train Emergency Care Practitioners and develop equitable health systems in Uganda without your commitment and support. We are extremely grateful.

Mother and child outside Nyakibale hospital
Mother and child outside Nyakibale hospital
Mother and child at ED
Mother and child at ED

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May 13, 2015

Happy Mother's Day!

Mother and child at ED
Mother and child at ED

As a mother of two young children, ages 3 and 4, the arrival of Mother’s Day has prompted me to pause and reflect on how lucky I am to be a mother and how lucky my children are to have been born in a place where they can get adequate medical care.

Having had a garden variety of pregnancy complications including postpartum hemorrhage, obstructed labor, and pre-eclampsia, I often reflect that were it not for medical interventions considered routine in the U.S. (getting a blood transfusion, having a Caesarean section and getting a medication to prevent seizures), I might not have survived my first labor, not to mention my second.

And then I think about my children. Not only do they have access to a variety of healthy foods and safe drinking water to keep them healthy and well-nourished in the first place, if they did have a bad case of diarrhea or catch pneumonia, it would not likely become a life or death situation – a little hydration, some basic antibiotics, and they’d be back in business. My friend’s child who fell on the playground and broke her leg did not suffer permanent disability - she simply went to the ER and had the break properly set and splinted. A couple months later, you could never tell she was hurt.

We often take this medical care for granted. But in the poorest parts of the world, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa where GECC works, these routine illnesses and injuries can easily turn catastrophic. I’ll never forget the friend who asked me how many children I would have one day, and I surmised probably two or three at the most, to which she replied, “Oh no, you must have at least 4 or 5 in case a couple of them die.” How devastatingly tragic to have that perspective as your reality.

Every mother knows that the worst thing they could imagine is watching your child die. With your help, GECC is preventing many unnecessary deaths by helping create emergency care in places like Uganda. On this Mother’s Day, I’m leaving my wonderful children in their father’s capable care to travel to Uganda to help establish another emergency care training center. While I will miss my children during this short trip, it’s the least I can do if this work could save someone else from losing a child.

On behalf of all mothers, I thank you for your support of this essential work and ask that you consider making a donation in honor of your own mother to help a mother far away who might be in need. Don’t let one more mother suffer this worst of fates – donate today!

Mother and child outside Nyakibale hospital
Mother and child outside Nyakibale hospital
Mother and child at ED
Mother and child at ED

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Mar 24, 2015

With Your Support, We Reached Our Goal!

The road less travelled
The road less travelled

Thanks to your support and generosity Global Emergency Care Collaborative has reached our $90,000 goal for this GlobalGiving project. Over the course of four years, GECC has been working hard to increase access to emergency care in Uganda. While we are extremely grateful for you partnership, our work is not yet finished. But, due to your donations we have been able to accomplish a great deal. I want to share with you some of the highlights that your support helped accomplish:

  • Designed and implemented an innovative training program that teaches non-physician clinicians- Emergency Care Practitioners- to assess and initiate treatment for acutely ill and injured patients
  • Treated over 30,000 patients at our pilot site in Nakibale, Uganda
  • Trained 12 Emergency Care Practitioners to operate as the first mid-level providers in emergency care in all of Uganda
  • Developed a unique curriculum consisting of over 80 lectures, 26 medical simulation scenarios, and quarterly procedure labs
  • Reduced all cause morbidity and mortality for all presenting patients compared with regional averages
  • Reduced mortality for children under five years for children presenting with malaria and trauma
  • Expanded the ECP training program to Masaka Regional Refferal Hospital - one of ten public, regional refferal hospital in Uganda
  • Created an ECP training center at Masaka Regional Refferal Hospital to train hundreds of ECPs to be dispersed throughout Uganda

Because we reached our goal for this project, it will be deactivated. But, that does not mean GECC's work in Uganda  is finished. To the contrary, we are redoubling our efforts to improve access to emergency care in low resource settings. This year, our focus will be the expansion of the ECP program at Masaka Regional Reffereal Hospital and the growth of that program. To fund our efforts in 2015, we have another project on Global Giving that has recently been approved where we encourage you to continue your financial support of GECC. We urge you learn more about this program and GECC’s ongoing efforts at our website, on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

Thank you for your continued support. Your generosity helps us train Uganda’s next cadre of life-saving emergency care workers. 

With gratitude,

Tom Neill

ECP - Hilary with patients in ED
ECP - Hilary with patients in ED
Sara Nelson, GECC Board Member, in Nyakibale
Sara Nelson, GECC Board Member, in Nyakibale

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