ERC Advanced Life Support Courses in UGANDA

Project start:               September 2019

Project duration:        2,5 years

Project location:         Uganda (nationwide)



Sustainable implementation of certified ERC Life Support courses in Uganda to strengthen resuscitation skills and knowledge of in-hospital and pre-hospital healthcare workers. 



Through the project "Advanced Life Support (ALS) Courses in Uganda", together with our local partners  Makerere University College of Health Sciences, Emergency Care Courses Uganda, and the European Resuscitation Council (ERC), we want to strengthen the emergency care structures in Uganda through training healthcare workers in the field of cardiopulmonary resuscitation. 

To establish these courses in Uganda in the long term, a group of instructors and course directors are trained, who can then conduct ERC certified Basic-, Immediate-, and Advanced Life Support (BLS,ILS,ALS) courses independently of AGNF. 

ERC ALS Courses for Uganda

Main Activities

  • November 2019: Procurement and transport of training equipment to Uganda (incl. training mannikins, simulation hardware and consumables) 
  • January 2020: First course phase conducted with external faculty from Germany, Sudan and Malta (incl. 4 ALS courses and an instructor course) 
  • January 2020: Assessment in emergency departments of partner hospitals to determine urgent equipment needs 
  • 2020: Further course phases conducted with local faculty produced in the first course phase and an external Course Director
  • June 2020: Local procurement of four patient monitors for Kiruddu and Mbarara emergency departments 
  • August 2020: Intermediate evaluation through a participant survey 
  • August 2020: Establishing the course center Emergency Care Courses Uganda, procurement of furniture and equipment
  • November 2020: Local Course Director completed training, Partners conducted the very first course with solely local faculty members
  • September 2021: Second instructor course conducted with international faculty, 3 local colleagues participated as trainers 

Current Donation Campaign

We are very pleased that the new local instructors   started their very own course center! The building is rented, the first courses are planned and the know-how and motivation is there to improve emergency care for patients in Uganda in the long term. The only thing missing is suitable furniture - for this, we are asking for your help!

The building has several course rooms, an office, a kitchen, storage rooms and toilets. In order to be able to operate the course center and expand the range of courses, our project partners urgently need the following furniture:

  • 60 classroom chairs 10 € / each
  • 10 classroom tables € 30 / piece
  • 3 office desks 100 € / piece
  • 4 office chairs 40 € / each
  • 2 office cabinets 50 € / piece
  • 1 entrance table 100 € / piece
  • 1 entrance chair 50 € / piece
  • 5 whiteboard 100 € / piece
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The course center Emergency Care Courses Uganda (ECC) was established to cater to the increasing demand for certified courses. Despite Covid-19 restrictions, ECC has been offering BLS, ILS and ALS courses, as well as other medical trainings and workshops on a regular basis. 


Our local partner for this project is Makerere University College of Health Sciences. 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.


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 into account the local context and needs. 


Our project is funded by the Hospital Partnerships Initiative. 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 (LMIC). 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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