Taking partnership with Arunachal Pradesh and Sri Lanka to next level

Testing of a model to Integrate Emergency Care Services in Primary healthcare settings at Arunachal Pradesh and Sri Lanka

In view of WHO CCET SEAR’s effective collaboration with the Government of Sri Lanka and the Government of Arunachal Pradesh in past few years, the Ministry of Health of Sri Lanka and the Government of Arunachal Pradesh decided to expand this collaboration in five provinces of Sri Lanka and one centre of Arunachal Pradesh (Aalo).

Our Center took the initiative of testing a model in selected centres of Sri Lanka and Arunachal Pradesh to Integrate Emergency Care Services in Primary Health Care settings in a span of 10 months.  

Identification and engagement of public health experts from the Southeast Asian region as an active member under Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) was done in order to acquire the necessary guidance, support, perspectives, and key recommendations to carry out the activities of the project in a more planned and scientific manner.  

A need – based customised plan was developed under the guidance of SAC using the Gap Analysis template to influence outcomes at the emergency and trauma care health levels. Tele – simulation was conducted by the efforts of site coordinators and the WHO CCET team at AIIMS, New Delhi to assess the skills of the hospital staff. The team provided regular capacity building trainings for the CHC staff, covering a variety of topics such as triage, organization of emergency care area, resuscitation, management of emergency conditions & Point of care ultrasound (POCUS), ECG, resuscitation, and specific conditions such as bites and stings etc. The WHO CCET site coordinators also conducted the community awareness programs in schools on handling of common emergencies. In addition, our centre continues to provide mentorship support to all of the pilot sites. 

Presenting the gaps in the system and making the necessary recommendations to the Ministry of Health- Sri Lanka, the Governments of Arunachal Pradesh and other regional policymakers to strengthen the integrated emergency care system at primary healthcare settings was a game-changing aspect of our project that would surely ensure the model’s long-term sustainability. 

WHO CCET-SEAR thus, provided an integrated model based on results that can be replicated across the state and provinces to improve emergency care.