The Honorable Sarah Opendi, Minster of State for Health (General Duties), acknowledged the role of Walimu in responding to the recent outbreak of Marburg Hemorrhagic Fever in Kween, Eastern Uganda. Walimu provided technical assistance and training to frontline health workers, supporting the efforts of a multitude of local and international partners. Those named included village health teams and district health authorities in Kapchorwa and Kween, as well as the World Health Organization (WHO), the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCL Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the United States Agency or lnternational Development (USAID), European Union, Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS), World Vision Uganda, the lnfectious Diseases Institute (IDI), African Fleld Epldemiotogy Network (AFENET) FHl360, JMEDICC, and the media.
Last week, Walimu hosted a training of trainers for participants from seven countries on clinical management and infection prevention and control for Ebola virus disease. The training was conducted in Kampala, Uganda on behalf of the World Health Organization (WHO) and under contract from IMAI-IMCI Alliance. Thirty doctors, nurses and clinicians participated, led by ten local and international facilitators.
Over the next several months, many of these participants will be deployed to West Africa by WHO to train national and international staff and provide care in Ebola treatment units. Three Ugandans from the training have already deployed to Liberia, with a fourth on the way.
Walimu is continuing to look for ways to support the response in West Africa, as we advance our mission of improving management of severely ill patients in resource-limited settings.
The World Health Organization publishes a series of evidence-based guidelines, the IMAI District Clinician Manual, that focus on symptom-based management. These guidelines empower clinicians in managing complex severe illnesses, even with very limited resources.
The only catch is distribution. Coming in at 1284 pages across two volumes, the IMAI District Clinician Manual, while an excellent reference, is difficult to use at point-of-care. We saw a simple solution: deliver the guidelines over mobile.
Partnering with AgileMD and the IMAI-IMCI Alliance, we are in the process of converting all 1284 pages into short, mobile optimized guidelines, accessible on Android, Apple and Windows devices. The application, provided by AgileMD, is optimized for point-of-care, allowing clinicians quick access to the information they need the moment they need it.
Mobile offers additional advantages. Distribution cost for resource-constrained settings can be substantially reduced. Updated content can be rapidly pushed to users. Country and hospital-specific guidelines can be distributed as quickly as they are developed. Data collection on mobile enables feedback and surveillance. Partner organizations can expand on our content to target their specific needs.
Rollout begins this summer, with a pilot user group at Mulago National Referral Hospital in Kampala, Uganda. We will continue publishing updates as the pilot progresses.
We want to thank AgileMD, the IMAI-IMCI Alliance and the WHO. Without the cooperation of these organizations, this project would not be possible.
We are doctors, researchers and global health advocates passionate about improving clinical care. We look forward to sharing our progress as we work to build a better health system in Uganda.