Agents of Change: the word from Halima Adam - emergency medicine nurse, Uganda

Dr. Emilie J. Calvello Hynes

The Global Emergency Care Initiative contributed to sponsoring Halima Adam and Violet Mirembe to attend the 2018 African Conference on Emergency Medicine. As described in the November 13, 2018 post by Dr. Jen Bellows, Halima and Violet showed the world during their presentations how implementation of proven low cost solutions with local champions can create great change in emergency care outcomes.

 Violet Mirembe presenting her data on before and after the  WHO Basic Emergency Care Course  was implemented in her hospital in 2016.

Violet Mirembe presenting her data on before and after the WHO Basic Emergency Care Course was implemented in her hospital in 2016.

We asked Halima, what were your top 3 contributors to success and ongoing challenges with changing emergency care in Uganda? She answered:
Contributors to success:

  1. Applying knowledge, skills and experience while on duty.

2. Positive attitude towards work.

3. Communicating expectations e.g,helping the team to stay focused and on track.

Challenges:

1. Negative attitude of some staffs towards work and change.

2. Inadequate resources in terms of human, equipments, drugs and sundries

3. Lack of enough skilled health personnel

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Halima Adam at AfCEM 2018