Strengthening Health Systems to Provide Emergency Care

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

Introduction:

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.