Fundamentals: Africa

Support the Fundamentals Courses in Africa

The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), in conjunction with the 6th All Africa Anaesthesia Congress, to be held in Abuja, Nigeria in November 2017, will be offering six different critical care Fundamentals courses. These courses are being offered as All Africa Anaesthesia Congress precourses.

The 6th All Africa Anaesthesia Congress, which is held every four years, represents a major opportunity for the dissemination of critical care education in a part of the world where it is much needed. In addition to education, this central location also offers an opportunity for advocacy and the development of the critical care professional in a part of the world with an estimated population of 1 billion that has had relatively limited exposure to SCCM's programs. SCCM will have the opportunity to reach participants from 54 different countries in one central location, providing training to approximately 200 participants.

SCCM is seeking to raise $125,000 in support of the Fundamentals programs held during the All Africa Anaesthesia Congress.  

If  you would like to make a donation to help support our efforts in Africa, please go to the SCCM donation page at www.sccm.org/donate. Click "Donate to SCCM" and select the "Resource-Limited Areas" from the drop-down menu. This will ensure that your gift is directed toward this important effort.

To learn more about ways you can give and plan to make a difference, please contact Mark Lenhart, by e-mail at mlenhart@sccm.org or by phone at +1 847 827-7633. 

View the Donor Prospectus.  

 

 Why Support is Needed

 

Africa Needs Our Support
In Africa and many resource-limited countries, critical care medicine is at a much more basic level of development. In places such as Liberia or Sierra Leone, there may be few intensive care units (ICUs) equipped with ventilators. In Nigeria, both private and public facilities are developing ICU services to support trauma, cardiac surgery, neurosurgery, and advanced medical care, but there are no established critical care fellowship training programs. Throughout Africa, critical care medicine is often practiced by anaesthesiologists because of their experience in resuscitation and mechanical ventilation, although they have little other training.

How We Are Helping
The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), in conjunction with the 2017 All Africa Anaesthesia Congress in Abuja, Nigeria, will be providing Fundamentals education through a continent-wide training program. By co-locating our Fundamentals course programs at this large gathering of care providers, SCCM will have the opportunity to reach participants from 54 different countries in one central location. Ordinarily, providing this level of Fundamentals training to this many participants would be cost prohibitive. Healthcare providers will have a unique opportunity to choose from five different Fundamentals courses depending on their particular need or specialty. At this time we anticipate offering training to approximately 200 participants in Fundamental Critical Care Support (FCCS), Pediatric FCCS, Fundamental Disaster Management, FCCS: Obstetrics (pilot version), FCCS: Tropical Diseases, and FCCS Simulation.

Why We Need Your Support
The 6th All Africa Anaesthesia Congress, which is held every four years, represents a major opportunity for the dissemination of critical care education in a part of the world where it is much needed. In addition to education, this central location also offers an opportunity for advocacy and the development of the critical care professional in a part of the world with an estimated population of 1 billion that has had relatively limited exposure to SCCM's programs. To provide this level of support for a Fundamentals training program of this size is very expensive. Your support is urgently needed to help ensure that the proper training and tools are getting to the healthcare professionals who will be able to improve the quality of the care provided to the sickest patients.

 

 Program Leadership

 

John B. Sampson, MD
Program Coordination / FCCS Course Coordinator
Dr. Sampson is an assistant professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He serves as the director of anesthesia for the Johns Hopkins Global Surgical Initiative’s Collaborative for Surgery, Obstetrics, Anesthesiology, and Public Health. Dr. Sampson is also executive director of the Johns Hopkins Austere Anesthesia Health Outcomes Research Group. He is committed to improving perioperative care and raising awareness of healthcare problems in Africa.

Louisdon Pierre, MD, MBA, FCCM
PFCCS Course Coordinator
Dr. Pierre received his medical degree from Universidad de Montemorelos in Mexico, He completed general pediatrics training at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York and a fellowship in pediatric critical care at Long Island Jewish Hospital, Cohen Children’s Medical Center. He is boardcertified in general pediatrics and pediatric critical care and received an MBA in healthcare from George Washington University. Dr. Pierre is a pediatric intensive care specialist with more than 18 years of experience.

Jorge Luis Hidalgo, MD, MACP, FCCP, MCCM
Tropical Diseases of Critical Care Coordinator
Dr. Hidalgo has a medical degree from Centro Universitario de Occidente, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, and holds a Master of Critical Care Medicine. For the past 10 years, Dr. Hidalgo has been actively involved with several committees, introducing FCCS in Central America and introducing the Multiprofessional Critical Care Review Course in South and North America. Dr. Hidalgo is also actively involved in arbovirus research.

Mary Jane Reed, MD, FCCM
Course Coordinator
Dr. Reed graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern and has been a surgeon and intensivist for more than a decade at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pennsylvania, USA.. She has participated in several humanitarian missions including Project Hope in Latin American and repeated trips to Africa with Project Africa Global. She has taught disaster medicine nationally and internationally. Dr. Reed recently traveled to the Dominican Republic in an effort to improve that country’s ability to care for the seriously ill and injured after the January 2010 earthquake.

Marie R. Baldisseri, MD, MPH, FCCM
Obstetrics Critical Care Coordinator
Dr. Baldisseri graduated from the Universidad de Navarra Fac de Med, Pamplona, Spain and works in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, specializing in critical care medicine. She has a keen interest in humanitarian medical mission work and has worked in South America with Project Hope and in Swaziland with Project Africa. She recently traveled to the Dominican Republic to teach disaster medicine and to meet regional and national government officials in order to augment the critical care capacity of the Dominican health system.

Arinola Sanusi, MBBS
President of Critical Care Society of Nigeria
Dr. Sanusi leads the executive committee of the Critical Care Society of Nigeria (CCSN), which is actively working to establish itself and to ensure that the international community is aware of the growth of critical care in Nigeria. As a society, CCSN will integrate stakeholders in critical care medicine, including nurses, with the aim of improving best practices and patent care. CCSN is a nonprofit, nongovernmental association comprising all anaesthetists and other physicians who are involved or interested in critical care medicine.

Bisola Onajin-Obembe, MBBS
President of the Nigerian Society of Anaesthetists
Dr. Onajin-Obembe is the returning president of the Nigerian Society of Anaesthetists and consultant anaesthesiologist at the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria. She practices and teaches pediatric anaesthesia, as well as anaesthesia for maxillofacial and ear, nose and throat surgeries. Dr. Onajin-Obembe was the West African Health Organization Fellow for professional and linguistic exchange of health professionals within ECOWAS in 2011 at Service d’Anesthésie Réanimation.

Kenneth Klarich
SCCM Program Coordinator
Ken Klarich is SCCM's hospital relations manager and Fundamentals product line co-lead. Ken works with hospitals, universities and societies in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America to improve their critical care education programming.

 

 Program Details

 
Everyone who successfully completes a course will receive a printed certificate of completion on the day of the course.

Fundamental Critical Care Support (FCCS) (two-day course):
The course prepares non-intensivists to manage critically ill patients for the first 24 hours. It also prepares healthcare professionals to deal with sudden deterioration of critically ill patients and prepares house staff for ICU coverage.
Lead instructor: John B. Sampson, MD, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Pediatric FCCS
(two-day course):
The course prepares non-intensivists to manage critically ill pediatric patients for the first 24 hours. It also prepares healthcare professionals for the sudden decline of previously stable patients and prepares staff for ICU coverage.
Lead Instructor: Louisdon Pierre, MD, MBA, FCCM, Brooklyn Hospital Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA

Fundamental Disaster Management (one-day course):
The course prepares healthcare professionals to treat victims of man-made or natural mass casualty events. It provides the needed skills to manage the critical care response to a large-scale disaster.
Lead Instructor: Mary J. Reed, MD, FCCM, Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, Pennsylvania, USA

FCCS: Obstetrics (pilot version) (one-day course):
The course prepares non-intensivists to manage critically ill obstetric patients in the first 24 hours of care.
Lead Instructor: Marie R. Baldisseri, MD, MPH, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

FCCS: Tropical Diseases
(one-day course):
The course prepares healthcare professionals to care for patients infected with tropical diseases. Covering topics ranging from chikungunya virus disease to Zika virus infection, it highlights transmission, symptoms, management, and prevention of such diseases.
Lead instructor: Jorge Luis Hidalgo, MD, MCCM, MACP, Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, Belize City, Belize

FCCS Simulation (one-day course):
This hands-on simulation course will review the basic concepts of care for the critically ill patient. Learners will demonstrate what they have learned through simulation using high-fidelity mannequins which will help to reinforce the newly acquired knowledge and skills. Participants are required to complete the Self-Directed FCCS course before attending this course.
Lead instructor: Michael C. Banks, MD, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland, USA