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Increasing the number of health workers trained in treating trauma and musculoskeletal impairment in East, Central and Southern Africa.

PTC has made me help and save lives of trauma patients
- Training course participant

The COOL programme enables 45 PTC courses to run in COSECSA countries 2012-2014 (around five in each country), organised by the Primary Trauma Care Foundation together with COSECSA representatives and PTC local organising committees.

 

 

Since December 2012:

  • 50+ PTC provider courses have been delivered across 9 COSECSA countries
  • 1800+ health professionals from 160+ district and referral hospitals have been trained in PTC
  • 500+ new local PTC instructors have been trained.
  • 110+ senior UK and COSECSA doctors have been involved delivering PTC training.

Primary Trauma Care (PTC) Courses

Trauma Training in COSECSA countries

The training has really been very useful to me and I would recommend that more health workers are trained , especially in developing countries with the poor state of roads and transport systems
- Training course participant

The COOL programme enables 45 PTC courses to run in COSECSA countries 2012-2014 (around 5 in each country), organised by the Primary Trauma Care Foundation together with COSECSA representatives and PTC local organising committees. Since December 2012, over 600 health professionals have taken the course, and over 120 have been trained as PTC instructors. More than 80 senior UK and COSECSA doctors have been involved in the training so far.

Course Outline

The Primary Trauma Care course has been developed for emergency trauma care and prevention in settings with limited or no access to high-tech facilities. The PTC course takes two days and is followed by the instructor course which lasts one day. The new instructors are then invited to lead a second two-day PTC course, coached by the original team. In total, for those who become instructors, this 2-1-2 pattern lasts a total five days. The course is aimed at all levels of health workers and first responders and in new areas it usually begins with senior doctors.

Fully revised and updated Primary Trauma Care Manuals were published in February 2015.

Developing Training Capacity

The initial PTC courses in each COSECSA country will be organised and led by teams of experienced PTC instructors and local faculty, in coordination with COSECSA representatives, followed by a transition to local PTC committees in each country who will prioritise and organise subsequent courses to cascade the training in each country, with the aim of reaching areas in most need of trauma training. Inter-COSECSA country exchange of trainers is encouraged to strengthen regional partnerships and consistency in training.

The initial PTC courses in each COSECSA country have been organised and led by teams of experienced PTC instructors and local faculty, in coordination with COSECSA representatives, followed by a transition to local PTC committees in each country who are prioritising and organising subsequent courses to cascade the training in each country, with the aim of reaching areas in most need of trauma training. Inter-COSECSA country exchange of trainers is encouraged wherever possible to strengthen regional partnerships and consistency in training.

Training Outcomes

We are monitoring and evaluating the educational and clinical outcomes of the trauma training, and reported our findings so far on:

Schedule of PTC Courses

51 previous courses have taken place in various countries, including: Uganda (May 2015); Zambia (Mar 2015); Uganda (Feb 2015); Zambia (Jan 2015); Ethiopia (Nov 2014); Kenya (Nov 2014); Rwanda (Nov 2014).

Contact for PTC Courses

Please contact us (admin@primarytraumacare.org) if you would like more information about the PTC courses, particularly if you would like to:

  • take the PTC course*
  • be involved with organising or hosting a PTC course
  • become a PTC course instructor

* Nb. For COSECSA surgical trainees: completion of a basic trauma course, such as the PTC course, fulfils one of the requirements for MCS ECSA. Please speak to your country representative for more information regarding this.

COSECSA Country Representatives for PTC Courses:
Dr Miliard Derbew, Ethiopia
Dr Awori Kirsteen, Kenya
Dr Linda Chokotho, Malawi
Dr Helder De Miranda, Mozambique
Dr Ntakiyiruta Georges, Rwanda
Dr Samwel Nungu, Tanzania
Dr Alex Bangirana, Uganda
Dr Emmanuel Simwanza, Zambia
Dr Yahaya Malango, Zimbabwe