Project #10843

Saving Lives With Emergency Care in Rural Uganda

by Global Emergency Care Collaborative
Aug 8, 2013

GECC using low-tech solutions to save lives!

Volunteer MD with ECP Richard using ultrasound
Volunteer MD with ECP Richard using ultrasound

Rural Uganda is considered  a "low resource" setting.  One-third of the residents living in the area of Nyakibale Hospital, where GECC works, have no access to clean water.  Electricity is unreliable and intermittent, where present at all, and the Hospital often has to rely on back-up generators to run the ER and OR. 

Despite these constraints, GECC and its Emergency Care Practitioner (ECP) training program, have creatively and cost-effectively used relatively low-tech devices to provide high quality medical care.  Since "CAT scans" and "MRIs", routinely used in the US to help diagnose emergent conditions in patients, are not available, GECC has trained ECPs in the use of bedside portable ultrasounds.  Due to focused training provided by GECC, the ECPs have become so adept with the use of ultrasound that their skills surpass most emergency trained physicians in the US.  With this skill, they have been able to diagnose life threatening conditions including internal bleeding in trauma patients, ectopic pregnancies in women, and bowel obstructions in children.  The ECPs have then been able to initiate emergent life-saving care!

Once again, GECC would like to thank you for your support of this important work.  In a region where people don't even have running water and electricity, it is amazing that these people CAN get emergency medical care due to your generous help.  Please consider renewing your donation and spreading the word about our work to continue helping those who need it most!

Our sincere thanks,

The GECC team

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an infant scale
ECPs and nursing students learning to read Xrays
ECPs and nursing students learning to read Xrays

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Global Emergency Care Collaborative

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

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