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 (both in the number & quality of lives saved)
- 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
In collaboration with the ESICM Global Intensive Care Transversal Working Group, led by Mervyn Mer, the first project offers a focused theoretical and practical training course: Sepsis Prevention and Management Course in Low- and Lower-Middle Income Countries.
A unique, focused training course developed to improve knowledge of Health Care Workers in LMICs of sepsis & global infections, comprising:
– Current concepts
– Important principles & practical aspects
– Improve patient care & outcomes
– Emphasis on clinical aspects
– Potential research elements/new guidelines/database
– Potential Global Roll-out
- Sepsis is one of the most frequent causes of death an estimated 6 million sepsis-related deaths per year the highest burden in LMICs
- The majority of deaths from acute infectious diseases and sepsis occur in LMICs
- Resources to treat sepsis and increase education about sepsis are lowest in these areas of the World
Enthusiastic reception for the ALIVE sepsis training in Kampala (Uganda)
Over 40 delegates attended a two-day sepsis training in Kampala (Uganda) on 10 & 11 June, 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.
Further sepsis courses supported by the ALIVE Fund are planned for Pakistan (November 2019), the Caribbean (February 2020) and Mongolia (May 2020) and we will be bringing you more information in due course.
The Chair of the GIC Working Group, Professor Mervyn Mer, who has created and coordinated the training, reports that there are 30 million cases of sepsis per year and 6-9 million deaths each year, which is one death every seven seconds. Around 60-80% of all children die from sepsis in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMIC). ALIVE will continue to help to spread sepsis education across the globe. This is a unique course, delivering an absolute need. The programme is set in motion until 2020 and will try to make a difference in the lives of others – not just ideologically, but in a meaningful fashion.
Hear more from the ESICM President and Chair of the ESICM Global Intensive Care Working Group about what the Society is doing to bring sepsis education and training to Low and Middle Income countries.
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Low- and Lower-Middle-Income countries (LMIC), WE CAN HELP THEM!