New training programme for LMICs

Programme Directors

  • Maurizio CECCONI – MD FRCA FFICM MD(Res) Head of Department Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, IRCCS Istituto Clinico Humanitas; Professor of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care; Vice President MEDTEC School; Humanitas University; Past-President ESICM
  • Martin DÜNSER – MD, Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine, Kepler University Hospital, Linz, Austria
  • Mervyn MER – MD PhD, Department of Medicine, Divisions of Critical Care and Pulmonology at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital (CMJAH) and Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Pathway beneficiaries may access the dedicated online classroom available on the ESICM Academy. Please note that ONLY selected beneficiaries can access the dedicated classroom.

During the past one-and-a-half years, the COVID-19 pandemic has spread around the globe, claimed millions of lives and placed an enormous stress and burden on health care systems, health care workers and in particular intensive care units. While the pandemic currently appears to subsiding in several high-income countries due to stringent control measures and effective vaccination campaigns, many low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) and their health systems continue to face significant challenges with the care of critically ill patients infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

The COVID-19 ALIVE course is a unique learning opportunity, structured and comprehensive addressing COVID-19 in critically ill patients in LMICs.  In this course, evidence-based recommendations, as well as practical experiences and direction with the critical care management of COVID-19 patients, will be shared and made freely available for all health care workers around the globe. The course content specifically addresses many common issues faced when caring for critically ill COVID-19 patients in LMICs. Speakers from around the world will share their experiences and cover ten pertinent and key topics related to relevant aspects of the care of such patients. 


  • To address COVID-19 patients needs and infrastructural management with an emphasis on low- and middle-income countries (LMICs)
  • To approach the use of healthcare resources amidst the COVID-19 pandemic with an emphasis on LMICs
  • To identify novel ways of addressing the void induced by the COVID-19 surges with an emphasis on LMICs

Learn about all the experts who have contributed to this learning programme by clicking here: Faculty COVID-19 ALIVE

This modular training programme aims to provide essential support to intensive care personnel who wish to learn how to manage challenges induced by COVID-19 in LMICs.

The training programme includes three modules that open progressively, combining online self-study and recorded webinars. The online self-study includes video capsules and podcasts created with the support of dedicated international experts, followed by a recorded webinar at the end of each module, where the module highlights are further deepened through moderated round tables, problem-based and situational learning. The training programme includes:


Identification and Triage
Improving Safety when Caring for Patients with COVID-19
Infection Prevention and Control Practices
Diagnostic Testing and Prognostic Models

Module 1 contributors’ list

  • Online self-study
  • Recorded webinar
    • Experts & panelists: Maurizio Cecconi, Martin Dunser, Mervyn Mer, Natalie Cobb, Juliana Ferreira, Tewodros Gebremariam, Rebecca Inglis, Fred Papali


Management of Acute Respiratory Failure and Mechanical Ventilation
Management of Shock
Prevention and Treatment of Acute Kidney Injury

Module 2 contributors’ list

  • Online self-study
  • Recorded webinar 
    • Experts & panelists: Martin Dunser, Mervyn Mer, Arjen Dondorp, Stephanie Maximous, David Misango, Ary Serpa Neto, Kristina Rudd


Management of Anticoagulation and Venous Thrombotic Disease
Therapeutics of Hospitalized COVID-19 Patients
Tracheostomy, Discharge and Rehabilitation

Module 3 contributors’ list

  • Online self-study
  • Recorded webinar 
    • Experts & panelists: Martin Dunser, Mervyn Mer, Hanan Yusuf Ahmed, Marcus Schultz, Elisabeth Riviello, Gentle Shrestha

The content for online study as well as the recorded webinars are available upon registration in the online platform.

Evaluation: formative and summative evaluation will be carried out. Full details available in the online platform. 

IMPORTANT! The programme will stay open as long as it is needed. Participants can register any time and complete the programme based on their availability. Live webinars have been recorded and made available in the online platform together with the rest of programme content and resources. 

Certificates of achievement with 15 CME credits will be provided to those who complete the full training programme.

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