Strengthening Health Systems to Provide Emergency Care

Authors: Teri Reynolds, Hendry Sawe, Andres Rubiano, Sang Do Shin, Lee Wallis, Charles Mock


All around the world, acutely ill and injured people of all ages seek care every day. They will call a neighbour, the police, or a universal emergency number for help. They will be assisted by family, a community member with first aid training, or professional prehospital providers. They may travel to a health care facility by foot, motorcycle, taxi or ambulance. And on arrival, they may or may not find a designated emergency area and providers capable of delivering the care they need.