In 2019, the Else Kröner Fresenius Award for Development Cooperation in Medicine is being received by the project:
“Establishment and Organization of an Emergency Department at the St. Francis Referral Hospital in Ifakara (Tanzania)” conducted by Project Manager Dr. Martin Rohacek from the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) and the Emergency Department at the St. Francis Referral Hospital in Ifakara, Tanzania.
Through the award a project is being acknowledged that serves to improve medical care in an outstanding way. The award is endowed with 100,000 euros – money that is utilized directly for the project. This year the focus for awarding the prize was placed on emergency medicine and intensive care.
Project description: “Establishment and Organization of an Emergency Department at the St. Francis Referral Hospital, Ifakara, Tanzania”
Since September 2015 the Swiss internist and emergency-care specialist Dr. Martin Rohacek has been implementing the project “Establishment and Organization of an Emergency Department in Ifakara” in cooperation with the St. Francis Referral Hospital in rural Ifakara and the Ifakara Health Institute.
The project manager from the Swiss TPH has established an emergency room and ward station there, including a triage system along with the diagnosis and treatment of 36,000 adults and children each year. The St. Francis Referral Hospital is an assignment center for a rural poulation of roughly one million people. Most of the patients suffer from infectious diseases, an illness in the abdominal area, cardiovascular diseases or have had some form of trauma. Thanks to the triage system, seriously ill patients are immediately cared for in the shock room, where all of the necessary equipment and emergency medication are available. The emergency department operates on a three-shift basis, 24 hours a day, and is run by local physicians.
Dr. Rohacek also trains medical staff there in the fields of emergency medicine, ultrasound technology and echocardiography, and equally conducts clinical research projects. Quite a number of readily trained professionals are now the ones training additional colleagues. To date, around 100,000 patients from three districts in a 150-kilometer radius have benefited from the project.
The team wants to use the prize money to acquire another ultrasound unit and a number of spare parts – yet above all to set forth and intensify training. The medical staff in Ifakara is supposed to receive training on a long-term basis while more local instructors are trained in emergency medical care and ultrasound technology.
Award Ceremony on October 17, 2019 at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (“BMZ”)
The award ceremony took place on October 17, 2019 in Berlin at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (“BMZ”) and was accompanied by a speech by Norbert Barthle, Parliamentary State Secretary for Economic Cooperation and Development, on the topic of “Development Cooperation in the 21st Century”, as well as a keynote speech by Prof. Dr. Uwe Janssens, President of the German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine, on the topic of “Oversupply here – Lack of resources there.”
You can obtain more information in the Press Release from Oct. 21, 2019.