Health
 Uganda
Project #10843

Saving Lives With Emergency Care in Rural Uganda

by Global Emergency Care Collaborative
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GECC team representing at the AfCEM 2016 in Cairo
GECC team representing at the AfCEM 2016 in Cairo

"The concept of rapid, emergency care which we take for granted in America is not the standard in Uganda. But GECC is helping make it the standard." - Dr. Omeed, GECC volunteer physician

Can you imagine having a very sick loved one in need of emergency care, but having no access to ambulances, emergency rooms, or doctors trained in emergency medicine?  This is the situation everyday in Uganda where GECC trains Emergency Care Providers to treat patients rapidly and save lives.

Don't take my word for it. Read Dr. Omeed's volunteer testimonial to learn how GECC is making the concept of rapid, emergency care a standard in Uganda, not the exception HERE.

We're coming to the end of another successful year at Global Emergency Care Collaborative and we wanted to reach out to THANK YOU! Because of your support, our impact grew tremendously in 2016 with the implementation of a second ECP training program and regional hub at Masaka Hospital. ECPs at Nyakibale and Masaka treated over 20,000 patients this year. Ultimately, we will be training 15 ECPs per year at Masaka and each ECP is expected to treat 40,000 patients in his or her career.

In addition, be sure not to miss our new guest blog post written by Mariel C, GECC Global Health Fellow. In it, she talks about her experience at the recent African Conference on Emergency Medicine with ECPs, Glorious and Hilary in Cairo.

If you have not done so already, we'd like to make one last appeal in 2016. Would you please consider making a year end gift to GECC today?

Your donation will directly fund the Emergency Care Practitioner Training Program - a one of a kind program designed to make emergency care standard for all Ugandans. Every year, GECC trained ECPs treat over 20,000 patients saving thousands of lives that otherwise would not have survived. Your gift will save even more lives in 2017!  

You can help sustain another year of dynamic programs. Together, we can make emergency medicine the standard in Uganda.

Wishing you a healthy and happy 2017!

Best regards,

Tom

ECPs, Glorious & Hilary, at AfCEM 2016 in Cairo
ECPs, Glorious & Hilary, at AfCEM 2016 in Cairo
Rukungiri landscape in southwestern Uganda
Rukungiri landscape in southwestern Uganda
ECP evaluating child in the ED
ECP evaluating child in the ED

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Mother and child in the Emergency Department
Mother and child in the Emergency Department

Did you know that on November 29th - #GivingTuesday - Global Giving will be matching all donations by 50%?

On that same day, we will be kicking off our annual Year End Fundraising Challenge. This year, our goal is to raise $50,000 by the end of the year to implement and expand our innovative ECP training programs to save lives in the Ugandan communities where we work. That means we need to raise $100 from 500 supporters.

Can we count on you to be a hero this holiday season?

We wouldn't be where we are today without the support of volunteeers and donors, like you. Thank you for supporting GECC! Because of your support, our impact grew tremendously in 2016 with the implementation of a second ECP training program and regional hub at Masaka Hospital. ECPs at Nyakibale and Masaka treated over 20,000 patients this year. Ultimately, we will be training 15 ECPs per year at Masaka and each ECP is expected to treat 40,000 patients in his or her career. Many ECPs trained at Masaka will return to their local hospitals to train ECPs, greatly increasing the accessibility of quality emergency care.

Staring at 12am ET on Nov. 29th / 9pm PT on Nov. 28th, Global Giving will be matching every donation up to $1,000 by 50%. We hope we can count on you to be a hero this holiday season and save lives in the Ugandan communities where we work.

Thank you!

Warm regards,
Tom Neill
Operations Director
ECPs, Alfunsi and Owen, discussing an x-ray
ECPs, Alfunsi and Owen, discussing an x-ray
Baby in the Emergency Department
Baby in the Emergency Department
Father and child in the Emergency Department
Father and child in the Emergency Department

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The Masaka team outside the ED
The Masaka team outside the ED

GECC has been hard at work this spring, so I wanted to share a story with you that highlights how your donations have been instrumental in building an education system and saving lives. The following blog post excerpt was written by Rashidah Nambaziira, GECC's Program Coordinator at Masaka.

Every once in a while something happens that reminds me of why the work GECC is doing is invaluable, and worth the effort we all put in. GECC recently started training nurses at Masaka Hospital, which presents a whole new set of challenges because it’s a public hospital: there are more patients who are sicker, and the resources are limited to what the government provides as part of free health care to the public.

Over the past six months, the progress in the ED at Masaka is very evident in both the patient outcomes and the changes in ED patient management. It’s even more evident in the stories the ECPs, the GECC research team, and the ED nurses tell about the impact of the training on management of individual patients. This story is an example of that impact. 

While working in my office, which is in the same building as the ED, I heard a loud cry from the ED; this is not unusual since we get a lot of patients screaming from pain. I went in anyway, because the crying seemed to increase with more people joining in.


You can read the rest of the post on our blog. Please be aware there is some language about blood and lacerations in the post.

In addition, we wanted to remind you of an upcoming fundraising Match Day on June 15th. Increase you impact as Global Giving will match ALL donations to GECC by 50%. Starting at 9am ET sharp, every $100 you donate to GECC will result in a $150 donation until matching funds run out. As a reminder, last year matching funds ran out in one hour, so please contribute at 9am ET sharp to maximize your donation.

We are very thankful for all of your support, generosity, and encouragement through the years. It makes this work possible!

Sincerely,

Tom Neill
Operations Director

ECPs, Richard & Serena, at the ICEM conference
ECPs, Richard & Serena, at the ICEM conference
Just outside the ED at Nyakibale
Just outside the ED at Nyakibale

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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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Mother and son at Emergency Department
Mother and son at Emergency Department

On behalf of the Board of Directors, we are pleased to bring you the 2014 Annual Report. Our 8th year was a year we can all be proud of, and thanks to your support we have shown great progress with our Emergency Care Practitioner program and, more importantly, in patient outcomes.

In this report, you will see a quick snapshot of our accomplishments this past year, and hear from people just like you who make a difference to GECC.
Highlights:

  • New National ECP Program Expansion to Masaka
  • 3 ECPs junior graduate to senior level
  • Published several papers and presented our work at numerous conferences in 2014
  • Overall income increased by 65% in 2014
  • Received $546,324 of in-kind donations in 2014

Thank you for being part of an incredible year, and we look forward to continuing to build capacity, train emergency care practitioners, and save lives in Uganda and beyond.

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Global Emergency Care Collaborative

Location: Oak Park, IL - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.globalemergencycare.org
Project Leader:
Stacey Chamberlain
Oak Park, IL United States

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