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Saving Lives With Emergency Care in Rural Uganda

by Global Emergency Care Collaborative
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Saving Lives With Emergency Care in Rural Uganda
Saving Lives With Emergency Care in Rural Uganda
Saving Lives With Emergency Care in Rural Uganda
Saving Lives With Emergency Care in Rural Uganda
Saving Lives With Emergency Care in Rural Uganda
Saving Lives With Emergency Care in Rural Uganda
Saving Lives With Emergency Care in Rural Uganda
Saving Lives With Emergency Care in Rural Uganda
Saving Lives With Emergency Care in Rural Uganda
Saving Lives With Emergency Care in Rural Uganda
Saving Lives With Emergency Care in Rural Uganda
Saving Lives With Emergency Care in Rural Uganda
Saving Lives With Emergency Care in Rural Uganda
Saving Lives With Emergency Care in Rural Uganda
Saving Lives With Emergency Care in Rural Uganda
Saving Lives With Emergency Care in Rural Uganda
Saving Lives With Emergency Care in Rural Uganda
Saving Lives With Emergency Care in Rural Uganda
Saving Lives With Emergency Care in Rural Uganda
Saving Lives With Emergency Care in Rural Uganda
Saving Lives With Emergency Care in Rural Uganda
Saving Lives With Emergency Care in Rural Uganda
Saving Lives With Emergency Care in Rural Uganda
Saving Lives With Emergency Care in Rural Uganda
Saving Lives With Emergency Care in Rural Uganda
Saving Lives With Emergency Care in Rural Uganda
Saving Lives With Emergency Care in Rural Uganda
Saving Lives With Emergency Care in Rural Uganda
Saving Lives With Emergency Care in Rural Uganda
Saving Lives With Emergency Care in Rural Uganda
Saving Lives With Emergency Care in Rural Uganda
Saving Lives With Emergency Care in Rural Uganda
Saving Lives With Emergency Care in Rural Uganda
ECP - Auma Winnie - in the Masaka ED
ECP - Auma Winnie - in the Masaka ED

A child born anywhere in the world has the right to grow up and have a productive life. Unfortunately, kids aren't able to do this in many places in the world because they don't have access to lifesaving emergency care, provided by specialty-trained Emergency Care Providers. At Global Emergency Care, we are working to change this. We train the available health workforce to provide that lifesaving emergency care in places where none exists. 

In fact, our recent research shows that for every $117 invested in our program, one child's life will be saved. This is incredibly compelling evidence for the importance of this program. Not to mention a very small sum of money to save a child's life. Our goal by December 31st is to raise $58,500 to save the lives of 500 children, and we need your help to get there!

Our ECPs save the life of 1 out of every 26 children they treat. Without this program, none of these children would have survived. Not only that, but it only costs $117 to save the life of one of these children. 

To put a name and face to the statistics is the following story about Precious. Precious was sick; too weak to hold her head up, too tired to cry as her father carried her into the emergency department. What follows is the story of how two of GEC's Emergency Care Practitioners, Deus and Teddy, saved Precious' life. Her story represents that of thousands of other children whose lives have been saved by ECPs. >>> Read more about Precious' precarious journey

Your support today makes our lifesaving work possible.

Mother & Daughter in Emergency Department
Mother & Daughter in Emergency Department
ECP - Kiire Teddy - working on a patient
ECP - Kiire Teddy - working on a patient

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I just returned from a trip to Uganda where I was able to visit several project sites and meet with our incredible team members working on the ground. I arrived around midnight Saturday. The following morning I traveled to Mbarara about 5 hours southwest of Kampala. In Mbarara, I visited the Emergency Department at Mbarara University Hospital and met with the four emergency medicine residents to hear about their first year of specialist training. They are a dedicated and talented crew working with limited resources to provide the best emergency care available, while studying and learning the skills necessary to be emergency care physicians. Being the first class of emergency medicione residents in Uganda, they are well aware that they are pioneers in emergency care development in their country. They realize their success will not come without struggle. From my perspective, Uganda is extremely lucky to havce this intelligent and dedicated crew of professionals leading the way as the emergency medicine pioneers.

From Mbarara, I traveled to Masaka where I was able to see the entire Masaka team in action from Program Director to ECP Trainers to Research Team to ECP Diploma students. Across the board, the team is functioning at a very high level. I was lucky enough to sit in on a few lectures and simulation exercises with the ECP Dipoloma students and was very impressed at the high level of engagement and learning that. was occurring. Now well into their second semester, the ECP Diploma students have settled into their new roles and are focused on learning, both in the classroom and clinically in the ED.

Having just returned invigorated by the successes of the teams in Uganda, I wanted to share our next fundraising opportunity that will help us continue to grow and train more lifesaving healthcare providers. Because we believe that there’s strength in numbers and that small donations add up to BIG change, we're participating in Global Giving's Little by Little Matching Campaign!

Starting at 9am ET on Monday April 9th through midnight on Friday, April 13th, Global Giving will match donations up to $50 at 50% while the $50,000 in matching funds remain. That means if you donate $50, GEC will receive $75 to build our emergency care education programs in Uganda.

Your donation will directly contribute to:

  1. Recruit and train a new Emergency Care Practitioner Diploma class of at least 10 students
  2. Support the current ECP Diploma students during their 6-week advanced topics course at Mbarara Hospital
  3. Support the Emergency Medicine residents to continue their 3-year specialty training
  4. Build GEC's Research Program empowering our Research Team and documenting the success of our programs

Can we count on you to dave lives with us today?

ECPs saving lives in the ED
ECPs saving lives in the ED

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First-Ever ECP Diploma Class
First-Ever ECP Diploma Class

2017 has been a banner year for GEC. Not only did we celebrate our 10th Anniversary, but after 10 years of hard work we implemented both the government sponsored ECP Diploma program and the Master of Medicine emergency physician training program. None of these important successes would have been possible without YOU!

You have enabled this landmark accomplishment that will greatly improve the sustainability of our programming as it truly integrates our training program into the local educational system. Thank you!

Imagine if you went to nursing or medical school, and at the end, you didn’t receive an actual diploma and a nationally recognized degree. You wouldn’t be able to use your life saving clinical skills because employers would not recognize your expertise without that piece of paper.

So after many years of fine-tuning our curriculum and working with our Ugandan partners including Masaka Hospital, MUST, and the Ministry of Health, this roll-out is a big step in the creation of a workforce of Ugandan emergency practitioners that will have the skills to treat acutely sick and injured patients. All because of you!

We are thrilled to welcome and present your first class of ECP Diploma trainees (pictured above): Joyce Nakajja, Winifred Auma, Mohammad Kyambadde, Edward Kasiira, Henry Kagaba, Harriet Ijangolet, Jane Frances Birungi, John Twesigye

To build on 2017's successes and begin preparing for 2018, we have kicked off our annual Year End Fundraising Challenge. This year, our goal is to raise $25,000 by Dec. 31st to fund 8 ECPs for the 2018 class. We are off to a great start having reached 54% of our goal, but we need your help to cross the finish line.

Can we count on you to educate new, local leaders committed to saving lives throughout their careers?

Wishing you and yours a happy and health holiday season!

Best regards,
Tom

GEC team at Masaka Hospital
GEC team at Masaka Hospital

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Inaugural ECP Diploma Program Class
Inaugural ECP Diploma Program Class

I've got great news to report. GEC received final approval from the National Council of Higher Education (NCHE) on the Emergency Care Practitioner Diploma program. After formal approval was received, representatives from the NCHE completed a site visit to Mbarara University of Science & Technology (MUST) and Masaka Hospital to finalize the process. We received final approval to begin recruiting ECP students in August and the formal ECP Diploma program began Monday, September 11th with the first class of 9 ECPs. 

This is a huge accomplishment for us as we have been working hard for 10 years to formalize the ECP Diploma program within the Ugandan medical education system with the backing of the Allied Health Council and the Ministry of Health. We are so excited to share this news with you because without your generosity and support this never would have been possible. We appreciate your ongoing belief in us and in the work to bring emergency care to all of Uganda. With this major step forward, we are well on our way.

Although we are very excited abouyt this next step in the progression of Emergency Medicine development in Uganda, we understand that this is only another step in our mission to make life saving medical care available to all Ugandans. We are excited to be on our way. Training quality clinicians and quality educators is our vision for the ECP Diploma program at Masaka and with your continued support we will make it happen!

 

Best regards,
Tom Neill
Operation Director
ECP Trainers at Masaka: Liz, Teddy & JB
ECP Trainers at Masaka: Liz, Teddy & JB
Liz & JB evaluating a patient at Masaka
Liz & JB evaluating a patient at Masaka

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Importance of Emergency Care
Importance of Emergency Care

For the month of June, we are celebrating Global Emergency Care's 10th Anniversary of saving lives in Uganda. To do so, we're hosting a month long fundraiser to train 10 new ECPs for an entire year. In addition, throughout June we'll be feature the incredible people that make GEC the success that it is today. Furthermore, we are releasing GEC's new branding that includes a new logo, look, and refreshed identity ready to tackle the next ten years. 

1. 10 for 10 Campaign
Thanks to several generous donors, the first $13,500 donated to GEC will be matched 100%. This means if you donate $100, GEC will receive $200! Our goal is $35,000 to fund the training of 10 new ECPs for an entire year. Give today!

2. People Power
All month, we'll be featuring the amazing people that are the heart of GEC - ECPs, board members, volunteers, and donors. Read our blog to see the features.

3. Fresh New Look, Same Great Work
Thanks to a generous donation from Created for the People we're celebrating 10 years with a new logo and a refreshed identity. We are ready to learn and grow for the next ten years! Learn more

 

Top 10 GEC Accomplishments in 10 Years

10. National Council Higher Education (NCHE) approval of ECP curriculum - The Uganda NCHE provided the official approval of the Emergency Practitioner Diploma program at Mbarara University (MUST) after many years of effort.

9. Published 10 articles on the need and methods of providing resource-limited emergency care in Uganda. Learn more on our Publications page

8. Collaborated with Ugandan Universities (MUST & Makerere) to plan the first ever emergency physician training program in Uganda (MMed)

7. Recruited over 140 physician volunteers to serve as teachers & mentors for Ugandan ECPs - All GEC volunteer physicians donate their own time, money, and expertise to train ECPs in Uganda. All volunteers physicians leave their families, take time off work, and pay their own travel expenses because they believe in GEC's train-the-trainer model, as well as the impact that the ECPs have on the Ugandan population.

6. Creation of the two year train-the-trainer curriculum - This model was developed to expand emergency care throughout Uganda and similar resource limited settings. The train-the-trainer model employs task shifting, whereby non-physician clinicians, rather then emergency physicians, treat patients. By using non-physician clinicians, this program better utilizes the limited healthcare workforce and can be rapidly and inexpensively scaled-up.

5. Collaboration with Masaka Hospital and expansion of the ECP Training Program - In the fall of 2015, GEC hired a research team and started collecting baseline data at Masaka. With NCHE approval, we look to start a new ECP training class in August. Learn more

4. Opening the Nyakibale ED and starting the first functional emergency department in Uganda - After a thorough needs assessment and extensive fundraising, on June 2, 2008, Nyakibale Hospital proudly opened the first truly functional emergency department in Uganda. Learn more

3. Graduated 21 Emergency Care Practitioners who are now saving lives and training new ECPs!

2. Provided over 70,000 thousand patients with emergency care in Uganda! 

1. Every Life Saved!

10 Years of Impact
10 Years of Impact
ECP, Hilary, with patients in the ED at Nyakibale
ECP, Hilary, with patients in the ED at Nyakibale
GEC team in ED at Nyakibale
GEC team in ED at Nyakibale

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Global Emergency Care Collaborative

Location: Oak Park, IL - USA
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Project Leader:
Stacey Chamberlain
Oak Park, IL United States

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