Emergency medical doctors are in short supply in Uganda, Global Emergency Care (GEC) since 2007 has been training nurses to be Emergency Care Practitioners (ECPs) to enable many more patients to receive emergency medical care. In 2019, Global Emergency Care began the process of transitioning management of the ECP training and education program to local partners. This involves transitioning full management of the ECP Diploma program to Mbarara University of Science & Technology (MUST), and transitioning oversight of the ECP workforce to graduates of the new Master of Medicine Residency Program for Ugandan Emergency Physicians. In January of 2021, 4 emergency care practitioner students at Masaka Hospital have finished classes, completed their exams, and are awaiting the beginning of their final semester of training. Three Masters of Emergency Care students graduated and were retained at MUST to support the management of the ECP training and management and advocacy of emergency care in Uganda. Talks have begun for the opening of an emergency department at Kisoro Hospital in Masaka.
Blog #195: Update on Project Grant to Global Emergency Care