Saving Lives With Emergency Care in Rural Uganda

 
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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
Match Day Has Arrived!
Match Day Has Arrived!

Today and today ONLY Global Giving is matching every donation (up to $1,000) to GECC by 30%. Starting at 9am, for every $100 dollars you donate, Global Giving will provide us with an additional $30 to expand our work training ECPs to provide life saving care in resource limited settings. Donate NOW!

We are at a critical juncture: we need $200,000 to expand the ECP program and create a national training center at a new hospital in Uganda. We will do this with a combination of grants and donations from people like you - so every dollar counts! Please donate today to increase your impact!

Thank you for your continued support in creating sustainable change and improving the lives of others around the world. Your hard earned dollars will be used to expand our life saving ECP training programs in Uganda.

Many thanks from the GECC Team!

P.S. Share with your friends and family the work you are doing through your support of GECC and ask that they get involved as well. Together we continue to change lives.

ECPs - Hilary & Jovita
ECPs - Hilary & Jovita
Busy day in the Emergency Department
Busy day in the Emergency Department
Gracious father
Gracious father

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Emergency Care Practitioners in Nyakibale
Emergency Care Practitioners in Nyakibale

On March 18th only, Global Giving is offering a 30% match on YOUR donations!

Next week, GECC has a special gift-matching opportunity. Global Giving will match 30% of every donation made to GECC on March 18th. That is less than one week away. This is a great opportunity to increase the impact of your donation!
 
But why should you choose GECC for your charitable giving?
 
Through GECC’s innovative training program, nurses are being equipped with the skills and knowledge necessary to provide emergency care to patients in rural areas. But the training programs are doing more than just meeting countries’ needs for trained medical professionals. The programs also have a significant impact on the nurses’ motivation and job satisfaction.

A study conducted in 2006 on health worker motivation in Africa showed that training directly influences the professional commitment of nurses and non-physician clinicians. In fact, two-thirds of workers surveyed in Kenya and Benin ranked further education and professional progress highest among their professional objectives.

GECC’s program also empowers graduates to share their knowledge with their colleagues. Emergency Care Practitioners who have completed the program join the teaching staff each year to instruct the next cohort of trainees. Through this model, GECC’s program becomes self-sustained by the host hospital or school in just a few years.
 
Won’t you consider helping GECC continue inspiring nurses to develop professionally and take pride in the care they provide? A donation of $75 will provide one Ugandan trainer a teaching stipend for three months. Please mark your calendars to take full advantage of Global Giving's Match Day on March 18th. All donations will be matched by 30% from Global Giving.
 
Thank you for your continued support. Your generosity helps us train Uganda’s next cadre of life-saving emergency care workers. To learn more about this program and GECC’s ongoing efforts, please visit our website, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

Child in Emergency Department
Child in Emergency Department
ECPs treating patient in the Emeregency Department
ECPs treating patient in the Emeregency Department

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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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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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Stacey Chamberlain

Oak Park, IL United States

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Map of Saving Lives With Emergency Care in Rural Uganda