Emergency Care Outcomes Project (ECOP)
Countries: Tanzania, Uganda
The Emergency Care Outcomes Project (ECOP) is a World Health Organization (WHO) project with AFEM as the local implementation partner. ECOP is investigating the impact of emergency care in low-resource settings, through the implementation of a package of low-cost system interventions. The package includes the WHO Basic Emergency Care (BEC) course, 2 WHO checklists (for emergency care of ill and injured patients), and a pilot version of the WHO Triage Tool. The project aims to determine whether this intervention package will reduce mortality and improve emergency unit process (the study is powered to detect a 20% mortality reduction as the primary outcome), assessed through 5 sentinel high-risk clinical conditions: pneumonia, paediatric diarrhoea, asthma, road traffic injury, and post partum haemorrhage. It is currently being implemented in two countries: Tanzania and Uganda.