Many thanks for taking the time to read the following!
I'm Deirdre, a Dublin-based emergency medicine doctor, and I'm fundraising for Global Emergency Care Skills (Registered Charity: CHY 18572).
GECS is a homegrown, voluntary, non-profit organisation founded in 2008 to provide emergency care and trauma skills training to healthcare professionals in developing countries where Emergency Medicine is a growing specialty.
To date, GECS has taught nine training courses across six African countries, including Kenya, Malawi, Zambia, Tanzania, Ghana and Ethiopia, reaching hundreds of doctors, nurses and medical officers.
The courses are run in collaboration with the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), the College of Surgeons of Eastern, Central and Southern Africa (COSESCA) and the African Federation for Emergency Medicine. The curriculum is based on best international evidence but tailored to local resources and epidemiology and is devised in close collaboration with the hosting emergency medicine physicians. They are free of charge to all participants.
The next course will take place this November in Kisumu, Kenya. I'll be travelling to Kenya with GECS as an instructor on this course and to raise much-needed funds for this, we are fundraising now through a quiz on September 29th:
Various local events, such as sponsored triathlons and coffee mornings, are also being held.
Donations will go directly towards ongoing development of the taught curriculum including an e-learning component, facilitating the ongoing provision of the course at ground level and the provision of equipment to Hospital sites.
Any donation of any amount at all is greatly appreciated!
Many thanks in advance for your help and support.
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