In low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), the demand for acute care services to address trauma caused by both communicable and non-communicable diseases is constantly increasing. District hospitals remain the primary frontline infrastructure for populations in LMICs. Training clinical workers at this level provides much-needed emergency care services to populations who are unable to access referral facilities due to distance, time, and money. It is also at this level where the unmet need in clinical training for healthcare workers in both rural and urban areas can be met. By training associate clinicians and strengthening emergency care capacity at district level facilities, undifferentiated, critically ill patients can be properly and efficiently triaged, stabilized, and transported to higher level facilities as needed.
Therefore, training and investing in human capital is a critical component of sidHARTe’s work. Combined with on-going research initiatives and the development of our comprehensive toolkit, sidHARTe seeks to assist partner countries in strengthening their emergency care capacity across multiple levels of the health system.