GEC Staff, Board of Directors, and Volunteers came together in September for our annual meeting…
Top 10 GEC Successes Over Past 10 Years
10. National Council Higher Education (NCHE) approval of ECP curriculum – The Uganda NCHE provided the official approval of the Emergency Practitioner Diploma program at Mbarara University (MUST) after many years of effort.
9. Published 10 articles on the need and methods of providing resource-limited emergency care in Uganda. Learn more on our Publications page
8. Collaborated with Ugandan Universities (MUST & Makerere) to plan the first ever emergency physician training program in Uganda (MMed)
7. Recruited over 140 physician volunteers to serve as teachers & mentors for Ugandan ECPs – All GEC volunteer physicians donate their own time, money, and expertise to train ECPs in Uganda. All volunteers physicians leave their families, take time off work, and pay their own travel expenses because they believe in GEC’s train-the-trainer model, as well as the impact that the ECPs have on the Ugandan population.
6. Creation of the two year train-the-trainer curriculum – This model was developed to expand emergency care throughout Uganda and similar resource limited settings. The train-the-trainer model employs task shifting, whereby non-physician clinicians, rather then emergency physicians, treat patients. By using non-physician clinicians, this program better utilizes the limited healthcare workforce and can be rapidly and inexpensively scaled-up.
5. Collaboration with Masaka Hospital and expansion of the ECP Training Program – In the fall of 2015, GEC hired a research team and started collecting baseline data at Masaka. With NCHE approval, we look to start a new ECP training class in August. Learn more
4. Opening the Nyakibale ED and starting the first functional emergency department in Uganda – After a thorough needs assessment and extensive fundraising, on June 2, 2008, Nyakibale Hospital proudly opened the first truly functional emergency department in Uganda. Learn more
3. Graduated 21 Emergency Care Practitioners who are now saving lives and training new ECPs!
2. Provided over 70,000 thousand patients with emergency care in Uganda!
1. Every Life Saved!
We want to thank all the people that have made these successes possible, especially the brilliant ECPs, selfless donors, tireless board of directors, and all our dedicated volunteers. You are the real reason GEC is still working hard after 10 years.
Please consider helping us fund the training of next ten 10 ECPs who over the course of their careers will treat over 400,000 Ugandans.
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