Critical care remains in its infancy in many low-income countries in Africa. The care that critically ill patients receive in most parts of the continent is often informal, uncoordinated or even absent in many cases, resulting in a fatality rate that’s unacceptably high. In Africa, the mortality rate for head injuries in Benin is 70% and for eclampsia, a life-threatening complication of pregnancy, it is over 40% in both Senegal and Nigeria. Even more shocking, in 2013, approximately 180,000 women died during pregnancy or childbirth in Sub-Saharan Africa, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
To help reverse this alarming trend, SCCM, in conjunction with the 2017 All-Africa Anesthesia Congress in Abuja, Nigeria, will be providing fundamentals education through a continent-wide training program. By co-locating our fundamentals course programs at this large gathering of care providers, SCCM will reach participants from 54 different countries from one central location. Healthcare providers will have a unique opportunity to choose from five different fundamentals courses. At this time, the Society anticipates offering training to approximately 200 participants in Fundamental Critical Care Support (FCCS), Pediatric FCCS, Fundamental Disaster Management, FCCS: Obstetrics (pilot version), and FCCS: Tropical Diseases.
If you would like to make a donation to help support the Society’s efforts in Africa, you can go to the SCCM donation page by clicking on the link www.sccm.org/donate and then clicking “Online Donation” and selecting “Resource Limited Areas” from the drop-down menu. This will ensure that your gift is directed toward this important effort. Please read the “Donor Prospectus” to learn more.
Your support is urgently needed to ensure that the proper training and tools are getting to healthcare professionals in Africa.