Health
 Uganda
Project #10843

Saving Lives With Emergency Care in Rural Uganda

by Global Emergency Care Collaborative
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Mother and child at ED
Mother and child at ED

GECC wants to thank all the Mothers out there for your endless love and support. Today, you can honor your Mother by donating to GECC in her name. Global Giving will increase your impact by matching every dollar you donate to GECC today only.

We have several other exciting things happening that we wanted to share with you:

  1. New Blog Post - A Mother's Perspective on What We Do: Dr. Stacey Chamberlain, GECC Co-Founder and Executive Committee Member, wrote a beautiful piece for Mother's Day discussing GECC's work from a Mother's perspective.
  2. We are proud to announce the launch of GECC's new website. We are very grateful to Carrie Hawthorne for donated time and effort in creating our new site. Please check it out HERE and let us know what you think!
  3. Since this project was funded in March, you will not be receiving any more updates from this project. In order to receive future information from GECC, you have two options. First, donate to our new project on Global Giving today! You will then be automatically signed up to receive email updates. Your other option is to sign up for GECC's e-newsletter HERE.

Thanks again for your continued support. We could not continue to train Emergency Care Practitioners and develop equitable health systems in Uganda without your commitment and support. We are extremely grateful.

Mother and child outside Nyakibale hospital
Mother and child outside Nyakibale hospital
Mother and child at ED
Mother and child at ED

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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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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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