BENEFITING: GLOBAL EMERGENCY CARE COLLABORATIVE
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Global Emergency Care Collaborative
c/o Stacey Chamberlain
419 North Harvey Ave
Oak Park, IL 60302
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This summer, I was in Uganda for research and journalism projects. While I was there, I had two personal experiences that really affected me. In the first, a man collapsed in my hotel. Although the management knew this, they did not know what to do and left him on the ground hoping that he would get better on his own. After realizing a man was unconscious a floor above me one to two hours after he collapsed, I went to the man and began CPR. After I felt his ribs crack underneath me, medics arrived, but they did not know what to do (they had no medical training). The man died. In the second, I found my neighbor’s maid unconscious. I took her to the hospital, where I shouted for a stretcher. No one came, so I retrieved a stretcher and took her to an examiner’s room. After several minutes, a nurse came and asked me if I was her husband, then left without examining the patient. Then, a clinical officer came, and he, too, did not examine her. Then, I carried her to the “emergency room,” where the nurses looked at me blankly for a while and gathered around the girl without taking action. I asked the nurses if they had a blood pressure cuff, and one nurse said “oh,” and took her blood pressure cuff. These two experiences deeply troubled me, and me and a couple of others began looking for ways to improve emergency medicine.
We found an organization started by American emergency physicians, Global Emergency Care Collaborative (GECC), that has been operating in Western Uganda since 2009. http://www.globalemergencycare.org/. In collaboration with GECC and a Ugandan health non-governmental organization, we are trying to create the first emergency department with internationally acceptable protocols in a government district hospital in Uganda. We hope to accomplish this through financing a two-year train-the-trainer course for four nurses run by GECC. After the two-year training, the four nurses, with help from American emergency physicians from GECC and Washington University School of Medicine, will establish a functioning emergency medicine system at Iganga District Hospital. I detailed some of their work in an article published in Scientific American for more information. http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/the-emergency-care-crisis-in-uganda/. Also, please check out my project page for more articles and stories detailing the dire state of healthcare in Uganda. http://pulitzercenter.org/projects/africa-uganda-healthcare-emergency-medicine
The potential impact of this program is gigantic – it brings a new branch of medicine and training to Eastern Uganda to a hospital that serves over two million people. Given that management of acute medical emergencies accounts for 30% of all patients that they see, this program will result in improved healthcare delivery for tens of thousands of people annually. This has the potential to save thousands of lives.
This is PROVEN to work. http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0122559#sec007. Trained nurses reduces hospital mortality by half, resulting in thousands of lives saved per year.
It costs $2483 to train one nurse for a year. Any contributions that you could make are tax-deductible and will help tremendously for helping to build life-saving structures. We would NOT be asking if my colleagues and we did not passionately believe that this program is sustainable and that it will transform medical care delivery in Eastern Uganda. My Ugandan and GECC colleagues and we are 100% committed to making this work.
In this season of giving, please consider contributing to this worthwhile cause and become a part of saving thousands of lives. We are more than happy to answer further questions about it.