GECC is excited to announce the inception of our newest Emergency Care Practitioner (ECP) training group. Beginning in January, four Ugandans began their training in our two year ‘train the trainer’ Emergency Care Practitioner program. This innovative program is GECC's flagship program that trains midlevel providers in acute care at Nyakibale Hospital in rural southwestern Uganda. With quality care, many patients' lives are saved, including many children who are particularly vulnerable. Saving a patient's life can also save the economic well-being of his family. One ECP will treat at least 40,000 patients over her career, having a beneficial ripple effect on entire communities.
In addition, GECC is thrilled with the progress of our program expansion to Kenya. Partnering with the renowned Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC), GECC is in the midst of developing a program to train midlevel providers in emergency care. The need for these midlevel providers is readily apparent, as there is one emergency physician in all of Kenya for over 43 million people. This past week, GECC Board members participated in curriculum planning meetings in Nairobi for the Higher Diploma in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care. Although funding dependent, we aim to begin this program in the fall of 2014.
Although we are very excited about our progress, we understand that there is significant work ahead. Thank you for being part of creating sustainable change and improving the lives of others around the world. As we continue to expand our programming and, in turn, access to emergency medicine in East Africa, we would like you to consider supporting these fresh, exciting initiatives. As always, please tell you friends and family about the important work that you are doing through your support of GECC and ask that they get involved as well. Together we continue to change lives.
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