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ENDORSE - ENhancing individual and institutional infectious Disease Outbreaks ResponSe capacities of healthcare professionals to mitigate infectious Emergencies in the Northern Uganda region

ENDORSE T-t-T Phase 2 course implemented at the Gulu Regional Referral Hospital

ENDORSE Train the Trainers (T-t-T) Phase 2 training course took place successfully between 27 to 28 of July 2017 Gulu Regional Referral Hospital under the great auspices of the hospital administration, thanks to the devotion of the trainers and the productive interaction of the participants.

The training course started with an introduction of ENDORSE by the Project Manager Ms. Giovanna Folia and the welcome speech addressed by the Hospital Administrator. Together with the logistical support from the members of the Project Coordinator, the University of Milan, and of the Project Partner St. Mary’s Lacor Hospital, this 2 days course implemented for the benefit of 12 pre-selected participants, who are clinical and laboratory personnel of the hospital. The course subjects were delivered by the ENDORSE T-t- T Phase 1 alumni Mr. Tito Lutwa and Ms. Susan Amitocan (focusing on laboratory aspects), and Dr. Diana Angom Okello and  Medical Deputy Director Dr. Apiyo Paska (focusing on clinical aspects). Trainers of Phase 2 were also supported by the Project trainers Dr. Davide Mileto and Dr. Maria Vittoria Cossu as facilitators. Unlike Phase 1, in the 2nd Phase of ENDORSE trainers decided the course subjects from Phase 1 curricula according to the more specific needs of their hospitals.

Thanks to the fully engaged participants during this 2 days training course both theoretical and practical sessions became a scene for interactive dialogues with the trainers and the ENDORSE team. Participants had chance to directly experience donning and doffing of PPEs that they have to use in case of possible epidemic outbreaks. The course also gave them opportunity to examine their own daily practices, as well as to identify some of the common wrong practices and to discuss the ways on how to apply principles of biosafety in the framework of their hospital.

Finally, the training course was closed with the distribution of attendance certificates and the Deputy Director Dr. Apiyo Paska’s brainstorming session on the course. Participants clearly expressed their gratitude and willingness to continue this training course to benefit their other colleagues in the hospital through Continuing Medical Education Program that can be repeated on a monthly or quarterly basis. They also discussed the ways that how to stay active within the ENDORSE network to develop new opportunities for broader national and international cooperation.

Gulu Regional Referral Hospital is one of the 13 public regional referral hospital and one of the 15 Internship Hospitals in Uganda. It is funded in 1934 and serves to Acholi sub-region, comprising the districts of Gulu, Amuru, Kigtum, Lamwo and Pader, but also receives patients from South Sudan, Lango and West Nile sub-regions. It has a bed capacity of 397 with 292 personnel, and the teaching hospital offers both general and specialized services. According to the 2014 census data, the Hospital serves a population of 436.345 inhabitants in the district. By 2015, it has an annual outpatient capacity of 109.328 patients and an annual admission rate of 19.316 people. They closely work with international agencies such as UNICEF, WHO, SUSTAIN, Save the Children, Lions Aid Norway, AMFREF and AVSI among others.