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.
Jan 28, 2015

Introducing GECC's Newest Partner

Skills workshop outside the ED
Skills workshop outside the ED

Global Emergency Care Collaborative is excited to announce our new partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC). Last month, GECC was awarded a two-year grant to save children’s lives by training non-physician clinicians to provide acute, emergency care services at Masaka Regional Referral Hospital in Masaka, Uganda.

This new program comes at a particularly opportune time. We know that the majority of pediatric mortality and morbidity in resource-limited settings is due to common diseases that have inexpensive treatments. And, from our pilot site data we know that task-shifting emergency care to more prevalent clinicians offers an affordable, scalable solution that can significantly improve patient outcomes.

Our challenge is to scale up the training of non-physician clinicians at Masaka Regional Referral Hospital, a large, public hospital that averages 6-8 times the number of patients that present at our pilot site hospital in Nyakibale. We relish the opportunity to prove that the development of scalable, affordable emergency care systems can significantly impact death and disease outcomes in low-resource settings.

We project that emergency care can prevent 1 death for every 20 children sick enough to be admitted to the hospital, and can prevent 1 death for every 41 children with severe malaria. In comparison with other common public health interventions, these results are substantial; for example, the measles vaccine prevents approximately 1 death per 500 vaccines given.

Presently, GECC is preparing the groundwork to begin program implementation in May or June. We look forward to building a successful Emergency Care Practitioner program in partnership with Masaka Regional Referral Hospital, the Uganda Ministry of Health, and RMHC.

For additional information about this program and GECC, please visit our website, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

Siblings in the ED
Siblings in the ED
Alfunsi & Owen working together in the ED
Alfunsi & Owen working together in the ED
Hilary & Jovita
Hilary & Jovita

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Dec 30, 2014

Gratitude for Your Support in 2014

Proud Mother & Child at ED in Nyakibale
Proud Mother & Child at ED in Nyakibale

Can you imagine having a very sick daughter in need of emergency care but living in a place where nobody is trained to treat her? That’s the situation across most of sub-Saharan Africa where GECC trains Emergency Care Providers.
 
Precious was sick; she was too weak to hold her head up, too tired to cry as her father carried her into the Emergency Department at Nyakibale Hospital in rural Uganda. Her two and a half year-old body lay motionless on the stretcher, her skin unnaturally pale. Precious not only had falciparum malaria, the most deadly type, but she had several complications including severe anemia, low blood sugar, and repeated seizures. Her chances of survival were extremely slim.

 Within less than a minute of Precious’ arrival to the Emergency Department, the GECC trained Emergency Care Providers began an initial assessment and worked quickly to treat her. Over the next two hours there was a calm, professional flurry of activity working on her treatment plan, while monitoring her condition closely.
 
When Precious left the hospital a few days later, she was walking, talking, playing, and even smiling. She was lucky to be treated in the only Emergency Department in rural sub-Saharan Africa.
 
For children like Precious, living near trained emergency care professionals saved her life. Saving Precious’ life was made possible thanks to support from generous donors like you. We only have one day left in our 2014 Giving Challenge. Today, more than ever, we need your support. Please donate to empower GECC to help save children’s lives.

The GECC family would like to express our sincere gratitude to you and all our supporters. We are humbled by your generosity. We look forward to building a healthier world with you in 2015 and beyond.

The GECC family wishes you and yours a very happy and healthy New Year!
 
With deepest gratitude,
Tom Neill

P.S. Your gift of $25 will pay one Ugandan trainer a teaching stipend for an entire month!

Thank You for Your Support!
Thank You for Your Support!
Thanks for Building a Healthier World
Thanks for Building a Healthier World

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Dec 16, 2014

Build a Heathier World

Invest in People. Invest in GECC
Invest in People. Invest in GECC

Celebrate the holidays this year by giving the gift of HOPE

Thank you to all our Giving Tuesday donors. We are humbled by your generosity. GECC was able to raise over $12,000 towards our year end goal. But, we still have $6,647 to go to complete our Year End Giving Challenge goal and YOU can help. Your donation will directly fund the expansion of the Emergency Care Practitioner program to Masaka Hospital in Uganda in 2015. By expanding the ECP program, we will be able test the hypothesis that provision of emergency care by non-physician clinicians can have a significant impact on death and disability. Proving the intervention’s effectiveness in a large, public hospital will allow for more support for expansion throughout the Ugandan health care system and will encourage the application of the model in other settings in sub-Saharan Africa.  

Dr. Heather Hammerstedt, Co-Founder and Executive Director, reflects on the past seven years. Here's an excerpt from her new blog post: "We’ve built an emergency department at Nyakibale Hospital, have created an innovative and unique task shifting emergency care training program that is garnering international attention, have published international articles from a wealth of robust data, have a model being replicated in other countries, have advised nations on emergency care, are on our fifth class of Emergency Care Practitioners and are planning an expansion of the program nationally and in Kenya." Read the entire blog.

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Thank you for your continued support. GECC wishes you and yours a Happy and Healthy Holidays season.

Warm regards,

Tom

Gracious Father and Son
Gracious Father and Son
Nyakibale, Uganda
Nyakibale, Uganda
Very young ED patient
Very young ED patient

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