EquiTrauma: Providing access to equitable trauma care in lower and middle income countries

EquiTrauma Group outside the hospitalEnsuring equitable access to trauma care in lower and middle income countries.

Our aim is to identify barriers in access to quality care for people who have been injured in lower and middle income countries, in particular Ghana, South Africa, and Rwanda.

This project is funded by the NIHR Global Health Policy and Systems Research (130036) and the Institute for Global Health Innovation at the University of Birmingham.

The views expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the NIHR or the Institute of Applied Health Research.

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Justine DaviesProfessor Justine Davies

Professor of Global Health

Institute of Applied Health Research

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Jean Claude ByringiroProfessor Jean Claude Byringiro

Co-PI NIHR Development Trauma Grant

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Project news

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The University of Birmingham team have created and delivered bespoke training for their colleagues in Ghana, South Africa and Rwanda in the areas of research skills and research management. This training is an important part of strengthening our relationship and successful collaboration with partners.

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EquiTrauma group Zoom 2

Qualitative research training: 28th September – 1stOctober 2020.

EquiTrauma TrainingTraining of research assistants in South Africa and Rwanda

On 23rd November 2020, the NIHR trauma project team at the University of Birmingham rolled out the second phase of qualitative training for the Research Assistants at the partner universities in Ghana, South Africa and Rwanda. In this session we focused on analysing data from key informant interviews and focus group discussions using NVIVO.Equitrauma qualitative training session 2

Our partners in Ghana, conducting socially distanced focus group discussion at the Yendi Municipal Hospital on access to care for injured people. During the field visit, the team encountered a patient with strangulated inguinal hernia and decided to operate on him before heading back to the Northern Regional capital in Tamale.

Great to see the level of enthusiasm exhibited by the team to understand barriers to trauma care access in Ghana even during the Covid 19 pandemic. The pandemic may have slowed the project but haven’t affected the tenacity of the team to deliver quality data.

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Group leader assisting participant with a query

Speaker talking to focus group

Focus group

Masked soldier taking part in focus group