Happy Holidays from the sidHARTe Team!
sidHARTe at the American Public Health Association Conference
On November 1st, Dr. Cara Taubman, sidHARTe Emergency Medicine technical expert, presented at the American Public Health Association (APHA) annual conference. Dr. Taubman’s presentation, A State of Emergency: Assessing Acute Care Systems in Low and Middle Income Countries, focused on sidHARTe’s development of the emergency services resource assessment tool (ESRAT), and lessons learned from Ghana, Rwanda, and El Salvador.
sidHARTe Celebrates Another Success in Rwanda
Under the Rwanda Ministry of Health (MOH) sidHARTe developed and published the Rwanda Emergency Medicine Clinical Guidelines. Physical copies of the guidelines were printed for all hospitals and distribution is on-going.
sidHARTe Rwanda Phase I Closeout & Phase II Planning Meeting
After five successful years in Rwanda, the Ministry of Health requested that sidHARTe hold a meeting focused on closing out the first phase and planning for the next five years. The meeting with held on September 21st with stakeholders from the government, emergency physicians, nurses, and the academic community. In breakout sessions the teams outline proposals on: pre-hospital and referral care, infrastructure, education, and quality improvement and health information.
sidHARTe was a proud sponsor of the Rwanda Emergency Care Association’s (RECA) first annual conference, which was held from August 22nd to September 2nd. Participants from the U.S., Europe, and the east and southern African emergency medicine community were present. sidHARTe Founder, Dr. Rachel Moresky presented on the “addressing missing middle” of the the healthcare system pyramid and ways to address access to acute care in resource limted settings. The sidHARTe team was presented with the Rwanda Emergency Medicine Association Award, awarded to an individual or group whose activities promote and improve emergency care through teaching, research, and education.
Note from the Field: reflections on my MPH practicum in Ghana - by Kelly Sprague
For my summer practicum this year, I travelled to the Upper East Region of Ghana with sidHARTe where I spent two and a half months working closely with Ghana Health Service to conduct a Needs Assessment of health facilities’ capacity to provide emergency care services. This experience was unique and invaluable in that I was present for all stages of the Needs Assessment—from adaptation of the survey through training of data collectors, data collection and eventually data analysis. I felt extremely supported throughout my practicum by the sidHARTe team and was really able to “dive in” and utilize skills that I have learned as a part of my public health training. I built close relationships with the data collectors and was inspired everyday by their passion and motivation to improve their health system. Ultimately, my experience in Ghana this summer has affirmed my desire to continue health systems strengthening work and I am excited to continue working with sidHARTe this semester, learning from their exemplary leadership and team, in a concerted effort to reduce inequities and provide quality acute care services in sub-Saharan Africa.
April & May 2016
sidHARTe’s Director co-led a workgroup at the African Federation for Emergency Medicine 4th Consensus Conference
On April 22nd Dr. Rachel Moresky co-led a workgroup alongside Ivy Muya and Emilie Calvello at the African Federation for Emergency Medicine 4th Consensus conference held in Cape Town, South Africa. The topic of the session was “Clinical Quality Indicators of Facility-based Emergency Care”, with lively discussions on context-appropriate quality frameworks and clinical quality indicators for low and middle-income countries.
The conference was attended by over 150 delegates, and the three working groups examined issues surrounding out of hospital emergency care, clinical quality indicators, as well as the geographic function of specialist emergency physicians.
sidHARTe participated in the 16th International Conference on Emergency Medicine (ICEM) in Cape Town, South Africa
On April 18-21st, sidHARTe’s Director Dr. Rachel Moresky along with Dr. Cara Taubman, Dr. Elizabeth De Vos, as well as other International Emergency Medicine fellows headed to Cape Town for the annual International Conference on Emergency Medicine. In addition to meeting with key stakeholders and local partners, sidHARTe presented on the following topics:
"Health Systems Strengthening: A new paradigm for global health interventions"
by Dr. Rachel Moresky
"Characteristics of pediatric trauma patients receiving prehospital care in Kigali, Rwanda"
by Dr. Olivier Felix Umuhire
"EM: A new specialty in Rwanda"
by Dr. Gabin Mbanjumucyo
"Conflict(ed): Health care delivery for refugee and internally displaced populations"
by Dr. Rachel Moresky
"How to implement a national emergency medicine organization"
by Dr. Elizabeth De Vos
"Emergency Medicine in Africa –is the cart before the horse?"
by Dr. Olive Kobusinge
sidHARTe was also invited to join a side meeting jointly held by the World Health Organization and the International Federation for Emergency Medicine. The meeting included discussions on the current and future WHO emergency care initiatives.
The Rwanda Emergency Care Association (RECA) just announced its first ever RECA conference to be held in Kigali, Rwanda on August 26th, 2016. The conference will follow a two-week "Emergency Medicine in the Tropics "course taught at the University Central Hospital of Kigali's Emergency Department, and the theme of this year's conference is "Emergency Care in a Thousand Hills." Guest speakers include: Dr. Lee Wallis, President of the African Federation for Emergency Medicine and the International Federation for Emergency Medicine, Dr. Colin Graham, Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of Emergency Medicine, as well as Dr. Rachel Moresky, sidHARTe's Founding Director. More information on the event can be found at RECA's website.