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Adult Emergency Medicine

Increasingly in Low Income Countries (LICs), the lack of trained health care professionals has become a priority over merely the provision of material resources to meet the growing need for emergency health care services. In many Sub-Saharan countries where access to organized medicine is limited, the emergency department often serves as the first point of entry for patients. Poorly equipped and short-staffed emergency departments limit the quality of services provided to patients. Sparse resources have been allocated to build and strengthen emergency departments in Ethiopia and elsewhere in Sub-Saharan Africa. Doctors, nurses, and other medical staff often have limited or no formal training on how to handle emergency care in pre-hospital or hospital settings.

The Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health recognized the gap between the need for emergency services and the lack of resources available to deliver quality care, and identified strengthening human resource capacity as a critical step to create an emergency medical system. This call to action by the Federal Ministry of Health to increase the number of trained health professionals in emergency medical care guided the development of this emergency medicine twinning partnership between AAU/TASH, the UW and P2P.

Photo: AAU Students and UW instructors after the completion of a cardiac resuscitation course conducted at the AAU Emergency Medicine Training Center, December 2010. Copyright © 2016 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System