"The concept of rapid, emergency care which we take for granted in America is not the standard in Uganda. But GECC is helping make it the standard."
I am an Emergency Physician who volunteered with Global Emergency Care Collaborative as an instructor and physician at the Nyakibale site. I have volunteered internationally with several organizations but I can honestly say that GECC was the paragon of programs. Too many international programs focus on delivering short-term care. As soon as they leave, medications or surgeries that patients become accustomed to are no longer available, logistics fall apart, and a rural village is actually worse off than before the helping hands arrived. This is not the case with GECC. The program focuses on creating sustainability by training ECPs to not only treat patients, but to also teach future ECPs. These ECPs are both eager to learn and eager to teach. I teach residents and medical students in America, but I have never seen anyone so excited to teach and learn as the ECPs in Uganda; they do so as if their lives and the lives of everyone they care about depends on it. The Ugandan students often only ate one real meal a day, but they ate emergency medicine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They were either working, teaching, or learning from sunrise to sunset; and they did so with joy and excitement.