ETAT+ is a 5 day course expanding the scope of the WHO’s original ETAT course and results from a collaboration with the Ministry of Health in Kenya.
It is aimed at all health workers (nurses, clinical officers, doctors – and even nutritionists, laboratory technicians and pharmacists for part of it!) providing initial care in a typical African hospital setting and offers training in the following areas:
- Outpatient triage for sick young infants and children
- Emergency care including technologically appropriate life support for infants, children and the newborn
- Evidence-based, immediate and admission care for children with hypoglycaemia, convulsions, dehydration and shock, malaria, severe anaemia, meningitis, pneumonia, severe malnutrition, neonatal sepsis and care of the preterm infant
Since its beginning in 2006 demand for the course has grown. Although continued funding for running high quality courses remains a challenge support has been provided by the KEMRI / Wellcome Trust Research Programme and WHO-Kenya working with the Kenyan Ministries of Health.
In addition, support to help maintain the quality of training and provide a sustained administrative base is currently provided by the David Baum International Foundation (UK) through the UK’s Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health while specific support for training at the University of Nairobi for post-graduates, undergraduates and new instructors is generously provided by the Hillman Medical Education Fund