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ERC Advanced Life Support Courses in UGANDA

With the project "Advanced Life Support (ALS) Courses in Uganda", the AGNF, together with its local partner, Makerere University and the ERC (European Resuscitation Council), wants to strengthen the emergency medical structures in Uganda and train medical specialists in the field of cardiopulmonary resuscitation. The goal is to train over 200 emergency medical staff and 15 instructors within the ERC course formats by the end of 2021.

The training of local instructors and course directors ensures that the local partners can later conduct courses independently of the AGNF ILS (Immediate Life Support) and ALS (Advanced Life Support). This establishes the uniform and constantly modernized ERC course formats in Uganda in the long term.


Uganda outcome


After two pallets of training material had been sent to Uganda in advance, the first intensive training phase took place in January 2020. An instructor group, made up of Sudanese and German experts, traveled to Uganda for two weeks to conduct four ALS courses. In addition, the first Ugandan participants were trained as ALS instructors in a generic instructor course.

In February 2020, two further ALS courses took place, which were exclusively taught by the Ugandan instructors who had been trained in the first phase. Our Sudanese colleagues kindly supported us here as course directors. In the next step, Ugandan course directors and further instructors will be trained to expand the existing faculty pool. Other course formats such as Immediate Life Support (ILS) will soon be offered. To date, 93 ALS providers, 45 ILS providers and 15 instructor candidates have been trained. The next ALS courses are planned for September 2020. In the meantime, ILS courses will be held by our partners in Uganda.

The aim of the project is to sustainably improve acute care for patients. This is ensured through the training of local ERC faculty as instructors and course directors. In the future, they will be able to conduct independent ERC courses and build a nation-wide network of resuscitation providers with the goal to strengthen the emergency medical care in Uganda.

Uganda goal



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Our local partner for this project is Makerere University College of Health Sciences. Together we will train over 200 hospital employees over the next two years. As a professional medical training center with good relationships to various hospitals in and around Kampala, Makerere University is the perfect regional partner to build up a comprehensive network.



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The ERC has been standardizing and modernizing resuscitation guidelines and training courses in Europe and beyond since 1989. The quality of the courses in Uganda is ensured by the adherence to the ERC guidelines and course rules while taking the local context into account. Due to the ongoing research of the ERC in the field of resuscitation and the regular publication of new guidelines for the course centers, the local partners can constantly access current relevant research results. 


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Our project is being partially funded by the initiative Hospital Partnerships since September 2019. This funding program was initiated in 2016 by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) together with the Else Kröner-Fresenius Foundation. It supports partnerships between health organizations in Germany and medical institutions in low and middle income countries. The aim of the initiative is to improve health services in developing and emerging countries by creating a platform on which different organizations can exchange ideas in partnership and learn from each other at a specialist level.



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