Work has shown that those with severe illness or needing inpatient care do not always receive good quality care in African hospitals. Although poor resources play a part in this, lack of knowledge and lack of simple tools to help health workers provide better care also contribute. We would like to help improve health care in African hospitals.
This website aims to help share resources developed to improve services in African hospitals. Content includes all of the training materials developed for the Emergency Triage Assessment and Treatment PLUS admission care (ETAT+) course.
This course aims to give health workers – doctors, nurses and clinical officers / assistants – the locally applicable knowledge and skills required to care for seriously ill newborns, infants and children. Advice on managing common illnesses is summarized in protocols that are based on systematic reviews of relevant evidence .
A typical ETAT+ Courses takes 5 days and covers management of common emergencies, newborn resuscitation and illnesses such as malaria, pneumonia, severe malnutrition, neonatal sepsis and others (see timetable). Instructors are well trained and dedicated – they have trained more than 3,000 health workers since 2006. To see where courses have been run or to find out about upcoming courses see ETAT+ courses.
Also available on this website are important guidelines from other agencies such as WHO as well as a number of tools developed to assess quality of care more formally.
We will also try and highlight some of the most important recent guidelines or research findings relevant to hospital care in Africa (see our recent suggestions ). If you would like to bring important findings to our attention or suggest we host something on this site feel free to contact us