Emergency care capacity in Africa: a clinical and educational initiative in Tanzania

J Public Health Policy. 2012;33 Suppl 1(S1):S126-37. doi: 10.1057/jphp.2012.41.


Even though sub-Saharan Africa faces a disproportionate burden of acute injury and illness, few clinical facilities are configured to take an integrated approach to resuscitation and stabilization. Emergency care is a high-impact and cost-effective form of secondary prevention; disease surveillance at facilities delivering acute and emergency care is essential to guide primary prevention. Barriers to emergency care implementation in the region include limited documentation of the acute disease burden, a lack of consensus on regionally appropriate metrics to facilitate impact evaluation, and the lack of coordinated advocacy for acute disease prevention and emergency care. Despite these challenges, interest in creating dedicated acute care facilities and emergency training programs is rapidly expanding in Africa. We describe one such initiative at Muhimbili National Hospital in Dar es Salaam, with a focus on the development of the emergency medicine residency program.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Academic Medical Centers / organization & administration*
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Africa South of the Sahara
  • Child, Preschool
  • Education, Medical / organization & administration*
  • Emergency Medical Services / standards
  • Emergency Medical Services / supply & distribution*
  • Emergency Medicine / education*
  • Emergency Medicine / standards
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Internship and Residency / organization & administration*
  • Male
  • Public-Private Sector Partnerships
  • Tanzania