Kenya Trauma and Injury Program


Summary

The Kenya Trauma and Injury Program (KTIP) is an effort to improve the outcomes of trauma and injury patients in resource limited settings. Through these efforts we have supported the founding of an Office of International Surgery at the University of Alberta, the creation of a Trauma Association of Kenya in collaboration with the Surgical Society of Kenya and the Kenya Red Cross Society.

The program currently aims to work with these partners to deliver in Kenya the first successful sub-Saharan promulgation of the American College of Surgeons’ Advanced Trauma and Life Support (ATLS).

The Story

The Kenya Trauma and Injury Program (KTIP) has partnered with the University of Alberta Office of International Surgery, University of Indiana, the Kenya Red Cross Society, and the Surgical Society of Kenya to form the Trauma Association of Kenya (TAK) and, as an initial aim, to work towards the first successful promulgation of the American College of Surgeons’ Advanced Trauma and Life Support (ATLS) in sub-Saharan Africa.

The Trauma Association of Kenya and its members ensure not only that ATLS will be implemented in an appropriate context but that efforts towards the improvement of trauma care in Kenya can persist beyond this initial effort.

As an example of potential additional programs, ICChange and the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) in Eldoret have partnered to perform a infrastructure audit and needs assessment of the healthcare infrastructure within a fifty kilometer radius of MTRH with the aim of improving transport medicine and healthcare infrastructure utilization through a triage and referral system that builds on a trauma hub methodology to improve trauma patient outcomes.

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Need

Injury and violence constitute a greater risk to life than HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined. Globally, nearly one in ten deaths can be attributed to injury or violence and two-thirds of these deaths occur in lower and middle income countries where trauma and injury is the leading cause of death in the first four decades of life.

Many of these patients in developing economies that require immediate care for injuries from trauma or violence die before they reach a major medical center. Targeted and evidence-based improvements to health systems can minimize the burden of trauma and improve the allocation and utilization of healthcare funding.

Idea

Can you create a framework and system for collaboration that allows citizens, government, researchers, and healthcare professionals to work together on improving trauma patient outcomes in a developing economy?

Vision

That trauma patients everywhere experience improvements in their outcomes and quality of care by implementing proven systems.

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ICChange featured on Market Wired

Our KTIP project got featured on Market Wired. Read about it here.