Emergency Department in the St Francis Referral Hospital, Ifakara, United Republic of Tanzania

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Organisation: Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute
Partner country: United Republic of Tanzania
Partner organisation in partner country: St Francis Referral Hospital, Ifakara, Tanzania, und Ifakara Health Institute, Tanzania
A patient with pulmonary edema is ventilated non-invasively

The St Francis Referral Hospital is a referral Hospital for a population of about 1 million people living in the rural south-west of Tanzania. By our project, we build up an emergency department with a patient’s triage and a three-shift 24-hour operating system. Besides emergency service for about 36,000 patients per year, regular bed-side teaching and courses in emergency medicine, ultrasound, and echocardiography are done, in order to train the trainers: A total of eight trained clinicians train other medical personnel in emergency medicine and point of care ultrasound.  Research projects in emergency medicine and ultrasound are done, to the understand local circumstances. The emergency department is led by local doctors, and is run by an own budget. Together with the ongoing training, this makes the project sustainable. 

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Additional information can be found on our website in menu Humanitarian Prize, as well as in the Press Release from Oct. 21, 2019.