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.
Dec 10, 2015

Celebrating Success in 2015 and Planning for 2016

ECP, Jovita, and her son in the ED
ECP, Jovita, and her son in the ED

"You would be amazed how the right teaching, and even the most simple of tools in the right hands can change how a country cares for its people." - Omeed Saghafi, MD, GECC volunteer

Our Impact

GECC would like to give thanks to you, our foundation of support, because 2015 is shaping up to be a very successful year. We want to offer our appreciation for you, as we share our recent successes:

  1. Inception of Masaka Training Program
  2. New Junior ECP Class at Nyakibale
  3. First Emergency Medicine Residency program in Uganda
  4. Year End Fundraising Challenge
  5. New Blog Post - GECC and the Future of Emergency Care in Uganda


1. Inception of Emergency Medicine Training Program Masaka
We are very excited to announce the inception of the new GECC Emergency Medicine Training Program at Masaka Regional Referral Hospital. Three ECPs, Teddie, Alfunsi, and JB, moved from Nyakibale to Masaka to open the new program and train the new students. We are very excited about the potential for this program to impact the entire Ugandan health care system.

2. New Junior Class at Nyakibale
We are happy to announce that the 5th Junior class of ECP trainees began their training in October at Nyakibale hospital. This new class has been doing great and we look forward to their continued excellence.

3. Emergency Medicine Residency Program in Uganda
In partnership with Mbarara University, GECC has been working hard to develop and implement the first functioning Emergency Medicine residency program in Uganda. We continue to work with our partners to ready for the launch the new program.

4. Year End Fundraising Challenge
Giving Tuesday kicks off GECC's annual Year End Fundraising Challenge. From Dec. 1-31, our goal is to raise $25,000 to implement and expand our innovative ECP training programs with the goal of building an emergency care system throughout Uganda. Invest in People. Invest in GECC.

5. GECC and the Future of Emergency Care in Uganda by GECC volunteer, Omeed Saghafi, MD
Don't miss the new blog post just up on GECC's website. You won't regret it.

As always, thank you for your support and generosity. Together, we can build a healthier, more equitable world.

Happy Holidays from the GECC family to you and your family!

Kind regards,
Tom Neill
Operations Director

ECP evaluates young patient in ED
ECP evaluates young patient in ED
Rural life in Rukungiri
Rural life in Rukungiri
Patient evaluation in the Nyakibale ED
Patient evaluation in the Nyakibale ED

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Sep 9, 2015

New ECP Class Begins Training

ECP Owen charting in the ED
ECP Owen charting in the ED

Greetings GECC team! I am excited to share with you some important things happening in Uganda over this busy summer. As you know, we received a grant from Ronald McDonald House Charities earlier in the year to expand the ECP Training Program to a second site at Masaka Regional Referral Hospital. Since then, we have been working closely with our Ugandan partners to approve the curriculum through the National Council. After a lengthy process, we are very excited to be at the final step. Once approved, the Masaka ECP Training Program will commence, most likely within the month. The long-term goal for the Masaka site is to open a National ECP Training Center to train ECPs from hospital throughout Uganda.

In conjunction with the ECP Training Program at Masaka, we have been wroking closely with Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) and our Ugnadan stakeholders to open the first Emeregency Medicine Residency Program in Uganda. The Ugandan graduates from this program will manage the most complex emergencies at regional and national referral centers, set policy related to emergency care at a national level, and manage the training of the non-physician cadre. Since there are no Ugandan emergency physicians, the initial group of trainees will become the cornerstone of emergency medicine in Uganda. Our local partners feel strongly that developing the physician and non-physician programs simultaneously will enhance collaboration between the cadres of health workers and create a unified emergency care system that is not only effective but also truly sustainable. 

Finally, just a few weeks ago we began training the 5th class of Emergency Care Practitioners at Nyakibale. We are very excited to begin training four new Junior ECPs at Nyakibale. These four will replace the three qualified ECPs who are leaving to become ECP Trainers at the new Masaka site. Although we are sad to see three qualified leave Nyakibale, we are excited that such qualified clinicians will be opening up the new ECP program at Masaka.

We appreciate your support and look forward to an exciting fall with several new programs slated to start. These new programs are an integral part of GECC's long-term sustainability strategy to create an emergency care system in Uganda accessible to all Ugandans managed by Ugandans for Ugandans.

Thank you for your continued support. Together we can build a healthier, more equitable world.

ECP Deus in the ED
ECP Deus in the ED
Dr. Stacey and ECP Irene in the ED
Dr. Stacey and ECP Irene in the ED
The road less traveled
The road less traveled

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Jul 15, 2015

50% Match on Your Donation Today Only!

50% Match on Every Dollar!
50% Match on Every Dollar!

Today ONLY, Global Giving is matching every donation (up to $1,000) to GECC by 50%. Starting at 9am ET, for every $100 dollars you donate, GECC will receive $150 to train more ECPs to provide life saving care in resource limited settings. Donate now >

We are at a critical juncture: we need $70,000 to scale up the ECP program to a new Regional Referral Hospital in Masaka, Uganda where we will open a National Training Center for ECPs. We will do this with a combination of grants and donations from people like you - so every dollar counts! Please donate today to maximize your impact >

Thank you for your continued support in improving access to emergency care and for creating a more equitable world. Your hard earned dollars will be used to expand our life saving ECP training programs in Uganda and beyond.

Many thanks,
GECC

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.

Dr. Stacey & Irene in the ED at Nyakibale
Dr. Stacey & Irene in the ED at Nyakibale
Dr. Sara and the ECPs in the ED
Dr. Sara and the ECPs in the ED

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