Volunteer opportunity: PECC Kenya / by Jonah Attebery

Pediatric Emergency and Critical Care-Kenya (PECC-Kenya) is an international collaboration committed to improving the management and outcomes of critically-ill children in sub-Saharan Africa. Upon the invitation of the University of Nairobi, AIC Kijabe Hospital, Kenyatta National Hospital, Gertrude Children’s Hospital in Kenya and the University of Washington in Seattle, PECC-Kenya is in the final stages of establishing the first East Africa-based fellowship program in Pediatric Emergency and Critical Care for limited-resource settings for the benefit of pediatricians from sub-Saharan Africa.

The Problem We Are Trying to Solve

Currently, one in every 10 children dies in sub-Saharan Africa from preventable causes including severe pneumonia, diarrhea and malaria. There are only two pediatric critical care trained doctors and no Kenyan-born pediatric emergency medicine doctor in Kenya serving a population of 17 million children below 14 years of age. Many of the inpatient pediatric deaths in these settings occur within the first 24-48 hours of hospital admission and could be prevented with timely, simple and effective emergency and critical care.

What We Will Do

PECC-Kenya will directly train physicians from Kenya and sub-Saharan Africa to complete a 2-year fellowship program in pediatric emergency and critical care. The program offers three fellowship opportunities/ year focused on providing novel educational experiences, and exposure to visiting volunteer physicians. Training of local PECC fellows in Africa will be performed at three facilities in Kenya that encompass urban, rural, public and private sites giving trainees the breadth of knowledge and skills required to succeed in their unique settings. The fellowship curriculum was developed with the University of Nairobi and leading Kenyan pediatricians, and tailored to East Africa’s most urgent pediatric critical care and emergency medicine needs. Content will focus on the disease spectrum relevant for critically ill and injured children in the local context.

Beginning in September 2017, PECC-Kenya will deploy 12 volunteer trainers per year to provide on-site lectures, daily simulation sessions, and bedside training for a minimum 3-week period per trainer. On successful completion of the fellowship, trainees shall be awarded a Fellowship in Pediatric Emergency and Critical Care of the University of Nairobi (FPECC).

PECC-Kenya is developing online-learning modules on topics in pediatric emergency and critical care in resource-poor settings to enhance professional development opportunities and continuing learning.

How YOU can help

If you are interested in serving either as a volunteer trainer in Pediatric Emergency or Critical Care in Kenya or in helping develop online-learning modules (which you can publish separately), please contact us at pecc@uw.edu or Amelie von Saint Andre ameliev@uw.edu

For more information: www.pecc-kenya.org