ALIVE, the ESICM Fund
- To support patient care across the globe
- To create international cooperation on education and health management in Intensive Care Medicine
- To transfer knowledge by developing educational and training initiatives that will contribute to the improvement of conditions and outcome of critically ill patients in Low and Middle Income Countries
In collaboration with the ESICM Global Intensive Care group, led by Prof. Mervyn Mer, the first ALIVE project is a focused, theoretical and practical training course developed to improve knowledge of sepsis and global infections: Sepsis Prevention and Management Course in Low- and Lower-Middle Income Countries (LMIC).
- Sepsis is one of the most frequent causes of death, with an estimated 6 million sepsis-related deaths per year, presenting the highest burden in LMIC
- The majority of deaths from acute infectious diseases and sepsis occur in LMIC
- Resources to treat sepsis and increase education about sepsis are lowest in these areas of the World
ALIVE delivers further sepsis course to the Caribbean – 28 February-1st March 2020
“87% of the world’s population live in low and middle income countries. While Uganda, Pakistan and the Caribbean have all been very different regions, the need is the same everywhere”, according to Professor Mervyn Mer.
Out of a population of 280,000, 135 healthcare workers across the spectrum – including doctors, nurses and students from the University of the West Indes , the American University of Barbados School of Medicine and the Victoria University of Barbados – attended the first day of the ALIVE sepsis training in Barbados, and 255 on the second.
Smaller groups of more senior clinicians took part in the bedside teaching and a number of local faculty delivered some of the modules, working alongside the international trainers.
“This was another excellent course, very different in nature to the others, with a very different community and different approaches. The feedback has been extremely positive and we have been asked to repeat the course in Trinidad and Tobago next February”, enthused Prof. Mer.
Enthusiastic reception for the ALIVE sepsis training in Uganda
Over 40 delegates attended a two-day sepsis training in Kampala (Uganda) on 10 & 11 June 2019, from a variety of healthcare disciplines, including intensivists, ICU nursing staff, emergency medicine personnel and acute care practitioners. Some had travelled from remote areas of the country to be there.
The theoretical component of the course was shared by both visiting and locally-based faculty tutors. Valuable interaction and discussion took place after every single lecture and the enthusiasm, lessons and ambience was both positive and strong.The clinical component of the course involved ICU bedside teaching, which consisted of small group bedside teaching – this was enthusiastically performed and received.
On completion of the clinical teaching, each delegate was presented with a certificate of attendance and the feedback and the appreciation was very moving.The faculty for this first course included Arthur Kwizera, Armand Mekontso Dessap, Regina Giera, Mervyn Mer, Martin Dünser, Jane Nakibuuka, Cornelius Sendagire, Erasmus Okello, Lameck Ssemogerere and Charles Sendikadiwa.
There is little doubt that this is a special and meaningful initiative that our Society can be proud of and we would like to thank everyone involved, and especially our Ugandan hosts, for their wonderful hospitality.
ALIVE supports sepsis management training in Pakistan
ALIVE supported a first sepsis management training course in Pakistan in November 2019 at the Medical and Dental College in Karachi, with an international and local faculty.
450 highly-engaged participants took part in the two-day interactive theoretical course, including consultants in ICM, microbiology, pathology and surgery, registrars and trainees of all specialities, critical care nurses and undergraduate students.
This was followed by a bedside teaching component in the medical intensive care unit of the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (Karachi) with 50 attendees.
Response has been enthusiastic and ESICM would like to thank the local faculty, hosts, the Mayor of Karachi and the Governor of the Province of Sindh for their unprecedented hospitality and for the part they played in making this course such an overwhelming success.
A follow-up course in Pakistan is foreseen for later on this year.
Other sepsis courses in 2020 will take place in the Caribbean (February) and Mongolia (May) and we will be bringing you more information about these events in due course.
- Education of Health Care Workers in Intensive Care Medicine
- Training & Teaching Doctors and ICU Staff
- Transferring Knowledge
- Donating medical devices & equipment to ICUs
- Patients and Families
- Clinical Research Projects
- Healthcare & Welfare
- Conditions and Outcome of critically ill patients
- Quality of lives
Social, Scientific & Cultural Innovation in countries of Low & Middle Income