Mission

sidHARTe is built on the belief that emergency care should be universally available and accessible. sidHARTe’s mission is to generate effective tools and implement evidence-based best practices to respond to life-threatening medical needs of patients.  We work in resource-limited settings where skilled healthcare providers are scarce and patients with severe conditions often wait long hours or die before receiving treatment. Our overarching goal is to reduce morbidity and mortality among critically ill patients living in underserved communities in Africa, Asia and South America. We aim to accomplish our goals in partnership with ministries of health, government agencies at the national, regional, district and sub-district level and other local institutions. sidHARTe works towards supporting educational and health systems processes targeted at improving outcomes for acutely ill patients.

sidHARTe is in the Department of Population and Family Health at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.

Need

The ability for hospitals to prioritize and respond to life-threatening medical needs is particularly important in resource-limited settings, where skilled healthcare providers are scarce and patients with severe conditions often wait many hours before receiving treatment.

Throughout Ghana and Rwanda, the health conditions that affect patients are drastically changing. In addition to traditional communicable diseases, injuries such as road traffic accidents constitute an increasingly large proportion of the national burdens of disease. Health systems must be able to respond to this new landscape. Emergency Medicine’s comprehensive approach to patient care is especially relevant to the challenges facing these nations.

To bridge the gap between specialized healthcare providers concentrated in capital cities and community healthcare workers in the villages where most people live, sidHARTe creates comprehensive emergency care curricula for mid-level cadres providing care in rural hospital settings. Trainees gain the capacity to improve the outcomes of their sickest patients and become advocates for making acute care a fundamental component of healthcare everywhere.