PTCF are celebrating as 49 people and 12 new instructors are trained in Burundi

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A continued future collaboration programme with PTCF is highly desired in the areas of coaching and mentoring of the PTC programme instructors of Burundi.

Burundi has become the 84th country to benefit from essential Primary Trauma Care training.

PTCF was delighted to have received funding from The Faculty of Remote, Rural and Humanitarian Healthcare (FRRHH) within The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) for this initiative and worked with The King’s Kongo Central Partnership (KKCP) to deliver the training.

Burundi is a landlocked African country bordered by Rwanda, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The call for help in providing vital training came from Dr Gilles Eloi Rwibuka, head of ATSARPS – the Anaesthetic Trauma Society of Burundi, who launched the PTC training course in Burundi 14-18 March 2022 – training 49 doctors and nurses and 12 new PTC instructors.

A Collaborative Project

“On behalf of ATSARPS, I would like to thank the Primary Trauma Care Foundation and the key people of the Foundation with whom we had various exchanges over a period of 5 years on ways of introducing the PTC course in Burundi; for having accompanied and supported this project on this long process of planning and implementation. I also thank all the parties who have been involved in supporting both morally and financially the actual implementation of this project during this year 2022. I thank the team of trainers from the DRC and the local team for the coordination of activities. These include: ATSARPS, PTCF, FRRHH @ RCSEd, THET, Kings Global Health Partnership and the Burundi Ministry of Health.”
Dr Gilles Eloi Rwibuka

The aim of PTC training is to reduce unnecessary death and disability by providing proven first responder training, which is designed to cascade and ensure sustained healthcare change.