Emergency Care Course for Rwandan Providers

Emergency Care in Rwanda

Healthcare providers teaching emergency medicine throughout the world need your help!

It takes $140 dollars to help train one Rwandan healthcare provider who can treat acute emergent illnesses and save lives.  Every dollar matters. 

Purpose: Emergency medicine is the first line of defense for saving lives. Rwanda has set many positive health precedents, but the country unfortunately still faces a high burden of disease and death. We are a group of physicians, nurses, and physician assistants and our goal is to teach life-saving emergency medicine skills to frontline healthcare providers in Rwanda.

Proposal: Our team’s mission is to launch a 7-day course at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Kigali (CHUK) where we can teach nurses, pre-hospital care providers, and general practitioners emergency medicine skills using the World Health Organization Basic Emergency Care (WHO BEC) course. The course gives frontline healthcare providers the skills to manage acute illness and injury with limited resources so that they can save lives. The program will be taught by Rwandan WHO certified providers and supplemented by Brown University and other emergency physicians from throughout the U.S.

Impact: Your generosity will empower Rwandan healthcare providers with the knowledge and skills to save lives! Thank you for your time and consideration.

Founder: Dr. Naz Karim MD, MHA, MPH
For more information about me: https://vivo.brown.edu/display/nk48 
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Known as the "Land of a Thousand Hills," Rwanda has made immense progress in rebuilding itself after the 1994 genocide where more than 1 million lives were lost.  Today almost all babies are vaccinated, the rate of malarial transmission has decreased due to preventative measures, and a Rwandan child has a life expectancy of over 67 years. This small East-African country has set many positive healthcare delivery precedents, but unfortunately still faces an increasingly high burden of disease and death as a low-income country.

Deaths related to emergency care in Africa are higher than the global average and most of the leading causes of death in Rwanda are managed with emergency services. Lack of resources is an obstacle that most LMIC's face when it comes to practicing medicine. There are shortages in equipment, medications, facilities and most importantly, emergency skills training. It is even more important to have these skills when you are without resources.

We know that providing emergency care training works.  In our previous study, we found that establishing an emergency medicine training program in Kigali, Rwanda resulted in an overall 5.1% decrease in mortality in the emergency department and a 43% decrease in overall mortality! Basic and affordable emergency care interventions can save lives too.  Therefore, our team of doctors, nurses and physician assistants would like to launch a 7-day course at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Kigali (CHUK) where nurses, pre-hospital care providers and general practitioners would learn emergency medicine skills through the World Health Organization Basic Emergency Care (WHO BEC) course.

The main aims of the WHO BEC course are to:

·      Ensure that the correct approaches to patient care are utilized

·      Provide the most appropriate and effective interventions

·      Understand when situations require higher level care

The course provides in-depth training and hands on simulation for patients with traumatic injuries, difficulty breathing, shock, and altered mental status. This course gives frontline healthcare providers the skills and expertise to manage acute illness and injury with limited resources.

This training program will be taught by Rwandan WHO certified providers and supplemented by Brown University facilitators and physicians as well as emergency medicine physicians across the U.S. The goal of this course is to train others to become trainers in order to shift to a sustainable flow of knowledge within the Rwandan health system. 

Unfortunately, there are currently few funding opportunities available for this type of education project. That is why we need your help. Donating to this project will improve emergency care skills and improve patient care.  Travel costs for U.S. physicians are being provided through their own funding sources. Therefore, all funds will be directly paying for teaching materials, books, notebooks, pens, facility costs, meals and other supplies.  ***PLEASE NOTE: Any donations exceeding the goal amount or any remaining funds will be distributed to global emergency medicine projects that focus on emergency medicine education, training or WHO BEC courses held in other countries. 

Your donation will be applied to the following items:  meals, teaching materials, facility costs, equipment, books, notebooks, pens. 

Your generosity can save lives!

Founder: Dr. Naz Karim MD, MHA, MPH
For more information about me and my work: https://vivo.brown.edu/display/nk48
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