When we seek medical care, we essentially put our lives (or at least some part of our well-being) into the hands of a healthcare provider who we assume has been appropriately trained to handle our medical problems. Ugandan healthcare providers are no different. They are trained and qualified to do their jobs. Yet, they are sometimes asked to provide care that is outside of their training, simply out of necessity; and they are unable to access continuing medical education opportunities to keep their skills up to par.
SAFE works with partner health facilities, hospitals, and local health leaders to ensure that the facilities' medical staff receive regular training in essential life-saving skills pertinent to the health of women and children. For example, SAFE has facilitated medical training in neonatal resuscitation, pediatric resuscitation, emergency obstetric care, obstetric emergency recognition and management, triage, emergency response, medication dosing and measurement, among other topics.
Although we usually utilize Ugandan medical professionals during our training programs, we do work with U.S. and other medical professionals for certain training needs and to review and refine training protocols. We also utilize medical students and residents during our healthcare training sessions during internships of varying duration throughout the year. If you are a medical student, medical professional (including midwife), or other person interested in medical education and its relationship to the provision of quality medical services, please contact us for information on how you can help, or visit the following pages for information on our student and professional volunteer programs: Join the Movement.
If you are interested in supporting the education of Ugandan healthcare providers, check out the SAFE store.
"We waited for the placenta to come out, but it did what? It refused. She tried pushing it, the health workers tried pulling it. She pushes, they pull. She pushes, they pull. And when time had gone and I saw my friend going. Then I told them, 'Give me the patient, and I take her to hospital.' But she died [on the way]."
-- Sister-in-law of a deceased
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