100&Change: 2020

Regents of the University of Michigan

Reducing Mortality and Improving Health in Africa through Emergency Care

Improving access to emergency care in Africa through sustainable, effective, financially inclusive systems that deliver low cost, quality care by a specialty-trained health care workforce.

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Two-page overview of proposal
Competition Participation
100&Change: 2020
Current Work Location(s):
  • Dar es Salaam Region, Tanzania
  • Ādīs Ābeba Āstedader, Ethiopia
  • Central Region, Ghana
  • Cameroon
  • Lagos State, Nigeria
  • Lusaka Province, Zambia
  • Central Region, Uganda
Priority Populations:
  • People of African descent
  • People with diseases and illnesses
  • Emergency responders
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
  • 3. Good health and well-being
  • 4. Quality education
  • 8. Decent work and economic growth
  • 11. Sustainable cities and communities
  • 16. Peace, justice and strong institutions

Executive Summary:

28 million people die annually from medical emergencies, representing half of the world’s mortality. In Africa, emergencies annually contribute to 262 years of life lost per 1,000 persons, compared to 129 years globally. Few patients have access to the life-saving treatments for time-sensitive medical conditions that emergency departments (EDs) and emergency medical systems (EMS) effectively provide in developed countries. Utilizing existing ED infrastructure, our project initially builds EDs and EMS across three countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. We partner with hospital and governmental leaders to replicate proven training programs that we launched in Ghana in 2009. We integrate these programs with remedial business best practices, digital information systems, pre-hospital transport and community-based primary care. Emergency-related deaths and disabilities will fall. The number of people who receive care will rise while per patient costs plummet. We will enhance preparedness for large-scale emergencies. We will make emergency care more accessible and financially inclusive.

Organization Details
Lead Organization

Regents of the University of Michigan

website: http://www.umich.edu
Organization Headquarters
Michigan, United States
Organization ID
Annual Operating Budget
> $1 Billion
Number of Full-time Employees
> 1,000

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