Dean Shocket Goes To Ghana With Project Hope (I)
The WHO predicts that Road Traffic Injuries will be the 2nd leading cause of years of life lost for the world’s population by 2020.
Dean Shocket will be joining Project HOPE volunteers as attending faculty in the Department of Emergency Medicine of Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi, Ghana. As part of the Africa Partnership Station focusing on emergency care and education and providing coaching, teaching and mentoring to local emergency room care providers, this new program, done in collaboration with the University of Michigan and Project Hope, is one of the first Emergency Medicine residencies in Africa.
During the month of October Dean Shocket will write weekly Journal entries to share his observations and experiences in Ghana.
From the Project Hope website:
Injury accounts for three of the top five causes of death in Low– and Middle– Income Countries and is growing as a worldwide cause of morbidity and mortality. The WHO predicts that Road Traffic Injuries will be the 2nd leading cause of years of life lost for the world’s population by 2020. Ghana, a stable, democratic country in West Africa has long recognized the need to improve emergency care, where previous research has demonstrated that half of all fatally injured patients admitted to a Ghanaian hospital die within 24 hours of admittance.
Several national events highlighted this increased need for emergency care, including a 1997 nationwide conference to address road traffic injuries and the 2001 collapse of the Accra Soccer Stadium that resulted in 127 deaths. The public response to this disaster prompted the Ghanaian government to construct a new national Accident and Emergency Center. The Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons subsequently approached the University of Michigan Department of Emergency Medicine to collaborate on the development of a postgraduate training program. Building on previously successful collaborations in UM Ob-Gyn and with the School of Public Health, the Ghana Emergency Medicine Collaborative training program was formed to improve the provision of emergency care.
Progress to date has included the implementation of an accredited three-year residency program at the Accident and Emergency Center at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH), re-organization of the clinical space towards a functional emergency department, training of core providers in trauma management and implementation of new care processes, including the South African Triage System. In November 2010, the Ghana EM Collaborative received pilot funding to continue the residency program and expand the program to include emergency nurse training and medical student training.
The mission of the Ghana Emergency Medicine Collaborative is to improve the provision of emergency medical care in Ghana through innovative and sustainable physician, nurse and medical student training programs that increase the number of qualified emergency health care workers and retain them in Ghana.
The Ghana Emergency Medicine Collaborative is funded, by the Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) through the Fogarty International Center (FIC) with additional support from the University of Michigan Department of Emergency Medicine.