Report on the Meeting of the WHO Global Alliance for the Care of the Injured February 2023 WHO Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland.

IFEM TSIG represented by Anthony Joseph (TSIG Chair)

Issues discussed:

  1. Integrated emergency, critical and operative care for Universal Health Coverage and protection from health emergencies (WHO Resolution)

Recommended for adoption of the resolution at the 76th World Health Assembly

2. The work groups included:

  1.  Education and Capacity Building
  2. Data and Quality Assurance
  3. System development
  4. Advocacy

3. IFEM has been allocated primarily to the Education and Capacity Group 

May provide input to the Trauma System Development Group 

All groups will take part in the Advocacy Group

4.  Roles of each group

A. Education and Capacity Building

  • Identify gaps in current capacity and promote training to address these gaps
  • Share information, experiences, and expertise through development of technical partnerships and other collaborative projects, including exchange visits and direct support to countries

B. Trauma System Development

  • Encourage improvements in Trauma care by promoting Trauma system planning, development, and monitoring at country level
  • Promoting best practice and policy-level change for system- wide improvements in care of the injured

C. Quality Improvement

  • Facilitate an up- to- date evidence- base that relates directly to the goals of GACI
  • Set an agenda to promote research to address the most important evidence gaps

D. Advocacy

  1. Encourage increased attention and resource allocation for Trauma care through advocacy efforts that will ultimately lead to increased access to essential trauma care services for all injured persons globally

5. Role of the Education and Capacity Group

  • Deliver Basic Emergency Care (BEC) Course 
  • Build Rehabilitation capacity
  • Emergency Care workforce mapping
  • Develop a checklist for disaster management.
  • Develop Surgical Operative Care Course
  • Develop Advanced Trauma course (Procedures)
  • Procedures will include: 
    • Advanced airway management including surgical airway
    • Chest tube insertion
    • Escharotomy
    • Trauma team training
    • Fracture stabilisation
    • I-O insertion

Further modules developed include the following for War Trauma:

  • Chemical and Radiation Exposure.
  • Burn Injuries. 
  • Blast Injuries. 
  • Ballistic injuries including: penetrating injuries from: gunshot, missile, fragment, shrapnel.