The Emergency and Essential Surgical Care (EESC) project has the following objectives.
- Support capacity building in the safe and appropriate use of emergency and essential surgical procedures and linked equipment in resource limited healthcare facilities, thereby improving the quality of care
- Strengthen existing training and education programs for safety of emergency and essential clinical procedures in countries
Well-organised surgical, obstetric , trauma care and anaesthesia services are essential for a district hospital to be an effective community resource. These services should be developed within the framework of the country and district's health care infrastructure.
Without such services, up to 10% of the population will die from injury and 5% of pregnancies will result in maternal death. Unacceptable rates of death from non-traumatic surgical disorders and disability from injury will also result.
Death and disability from trauma and pregnancy-related complications can be substantially reduced through the following integrated strategy to maximise the effectiveness of first-referal level health care facilities.
- Personnel with appropriate education and training.
- Practical continuing education programmes in clinical management to maintain the quality of care.
- Appropriate physical facilities.
- Equipment and instruments to meet the needs of district surgical services..
- A reliable system for the supply of drugs and medication, surgical materials and other consumables.
- A quality assurance system.