Violence and Injury Prevention

GACI’s members undertake activities through several working groups:

Trauma system development

Long-term goals

  • Encourage improvements in trauma care by promoting trauma system planning, development and monitoring at the country level.
  • Promote best practices and policy-level changes for system-wide improvements in care of the injured.

Next steps

  • Develop a road map document that contains a description of the elements of trauma systems, which are globally applicable; along with a rating system for each element.
  • Develop an assessment guide on how the road map document can be used for both external and internal assessment of the status of trauma systems and for identification of next steps in trauma system development.

Evidence and research

Long-term goals

  • Facilitate an up-to-date evidence base that relates directly to the goals of GACI and set an agenda to promote research to address the most important evidence gaps.

Next steps

  • Document success stories that are examples of what has worked in advancing trauma systems in different settings globally.
  • Develop a list of relevant evidence resources.
  • Engage with international research consortia to identify the most important knowledge gaps.

Trauma registry and data

Long-term goals

  • Promote wider and more standardized collection of data for injury surveillance and trauma care quality improvement.

Next steps

  • Establish a minimum dataset to facilitate trauma registry implementation.
  • Compile case studies of good practice in establishing trauma registries globally.

Education and capacity building

Long-term goals

  • Identify gaps in current capacity and promote training to address these gaps.
  • Share information, experiences, and expertise through development of technical partnerships and other collaborative projects, including exchange visits and direct support to countries.

Next steps

  • Develop institutional twinning and individual mentorship programmes that would benefit developing trauma systems, in similar to fashion to the existing Mentor-VIP programme.
  • Undertake courses on trauma system planning and on trauma quality improvement at the request of countries and regions.

Advocacy

Long-term goals

  • Encourage increased attention and resource allocation for trauma care through advocacy efforts that will ultimately lead to increased access to essential trauma care services for all injured persons globally.

Next steps

  • Develop an aspirational statement to guide advocacy efforts.
  • Develop advocacy materials to promote GACI’s goals.
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