To your good health: Education Partnership Improving Trauma Care in Kenya

(Edmonton, Alberta) – A novel partnership fostered by Canadian not-for-profit Innovative Canadians for Change (ICChange) is making Kenya a regional hub for trauma education in East Africa by bringing Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) to the country. The courses, taking place from July 11th – 15th in Nairobi at the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) compound, will be the first Kenyan-led provider and instructor courses aimed at developing a local cadre of practitioners and trainers.

Injury makes up 10% of the world’s deaths; 90% of those occur in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs). Trauma education is an important factor in improving outcomes and decrease mortality. The American College of Surgeons’ (ACS) Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS®) course is the recognized global standard for systematic assessment and resuscitation of the injured patient, but its promulgation is lengthy, costly, and requires significant organizational and administrative support to ensure its sustainability.

Weaving in experts from multiple countries from universities, hospitals, private sector, and not-for-profit organizations, ICChange has been working with the KRCS, a leader in pre-hospital care and emergency and disaster response, as well as the Surgical Society of Kenya (SSK) to ensure this course is well prepared and successful to meet the rigorous standards of the ACS.

ICChange has worked to find novel and innovative ways to minimize the costs of bringing this course to LMICs and ensure its sustainability and far reaching accessibility. One of the ways that ICChange has decreased costs is by introducing simulators made in emerging markets that are more affordable and easier to replace. Another way is by aligning partners like the KRCS with already-existing facilities that can support this multi-day course and decrease the recurrent expenses of administering the program.

The ATLS program officially began in Kenya in 2013 with a formal application from the SSK to the ACS with financial, administrative, and technical support from ICChange and KRCS as part of tripartite collaboration. Partner contributions of experts, equipment, and financial support from Indiana University, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Alberta have been critical to the success of this initiative. To date, educators and instructors from the ACS have participated from 6 countries in this important initiative.

“We want to see this ATLS program become an important and sustainable part of strengthening the skills and also the leadership of the surgeons and physicians who take care of the injured patients in Kenya” says Abdullah Saleh, a surgeon and the Founder and Chief Executive Director of ICChange.

About Innovative Canadians for Change (ICChange)

Innovative Canadians for Change (ICChange) is an Alberta-based not-for-profit organization focusing on local and international development initiatives. As a unique and cutting-edge organization with the principles and operating structure of a social enterprise, ICChange seeks to redefine the conventional notions of development, charity, and aide.

The mission of ICChange is to improve the quality of life and security of vulnerable populations worldwide by implementing successful global initiatives based on sustainable and scalable models and systems.

For additional information on ICChange, please contact Jessica Hogan, Executive & Research Director at


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