Over the past few weeks, more than 100 Sudanese colleagues from the Salam Centre for Cardiac Surgery in Khartoum, and the Mayo Paediatric Centrehave taken part in training courses in the disciplines of basic and advanced cardiopulmonary resuscitation, on adult and paediatric patients. We organised this training as part of the collaboration programme initiated with the Italian Resuscitation Council (IRC), the Italian branch of the European Resuscitation Council.
Sudanese doctors, nurses, midwives and technical operators were able to increase their levels of competence in the management of critical patients by updating techniques they already knew, and, at the end of the courses, received an internationally recognised certification.
This represents another step in our efforts to continuously train and update the skills of local colleagues in our hospitals, ensuring ever-higher standards of care and strengthening local health systems with a view toward long-term sustainability. “This work would not have been possible without the collaboration of our colleagues at the Salam Centre,” says Roberto, a colleague from EMERGENCY and one of the teachers at the training, who accompanied the participants during the weeks of study prior to the courses and organised the logistics.
“A few snapshots remain in the mind as memories: the excited faces of the students after the final test; the words at the end of the course from Ana, a local doctor, full of gratitude and responsibility; Dimiana’s smile when she was told that she was a candidate for instructor; Nuha’s tears when she found out that she had passed the exam brilliantly.”
The courses were delivered by IRC instructors in collaboration with the training team made up of EMERGENCY staff, who are in the process of becoming certified IRC instructors. This internal team of instructors will then be able to travel across our facilities to increase the skills of local staff in the management of patients in cardiac arrest.
This is the first phase of a project that began a few months ago following the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the two organisations. This was followed by the preparation of materials and EMERGENCY’s internal instructors, as well as organisational aspects carried out in collaboration between EMERGENCY’s Medical and Clinical Division and members of IRC. In the coming months, the collaboration will expand to the other EMERGENCY projects.