Walimu grew from a simple observation: In low-income countries, many patients die of curable conditions because they are not identified and treated early enough.
Often, hospitals have the staff, medicines and equipment to treat these patients. However, they don't have the processes to ensure patients are triaged and treated quickly.
Resources are important, but not enough. We set out to create a model for systematically finding and investigating the root causes of these breakdowns in care, and for designing and implementing solutions to eliminate them.
Severe Illness Management Support (SIMS) is the result: an intensive hospital quality-improvement program that gives doctors, nurses and managers the knowledge, tools and motivation to improve processes for timely identification and treatment of the most at-risk patients.
Walimu was founded by a group of research doctors (and one student), with a goal of solving a very specific challenge: improving care on the wards where they conduct research. Since then, we have evolved as an organization, recognizing that there is a broader, unmet need in Uganda's health system: getting rapid and appropriate care to the sickest patients. The mission is unfulfilled, and we are striving to fulfill it every day.
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