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Global Emergency Care Skills (GECS) is a voluntary, non-profit charity organisation that provides high quality emergency care training to healthcare professionals in Africa.

GECS was founded in 2008 by IAEM member and Consultant in Emergency Medicine at Tallaght Hospital, Prof Jean O’Sullivan. To date, GECS has provided training courses for over 400 doctors, nurses and clinical officers in 6 African countries.

Sepsis and trauma are the leading causes of death in populations with developing healthcare systems. GECS training is provided through simulation-based courses in trauma care, resuscitation skills and major incident management. Local trainers are empowered to continue the skills training for other colleagues. Both teaching equipment and life saving medical equipment are provided to hospitals.

GECS was the winner of the prestigious Royal College of Emergency Medicine William Rutherford Humanitarian Award in 2021. GECS has partnered with the WHO, COSECSA and AFEM.

GECS is funded through voluntary contributions and fundraising events. For more information on upcoming events, see https://www.globalemergencycareskills.ie/. If you are a medical practitioner and wish to inquire about joining our teaching faculty contact josullivan@rcsi.ie.


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GECS in the Media

GECS – EM in African countries

Dr Cian McDermott, founder member of Global Emergency Care Skills (GECS), reflects on a recent  Read more…

GECS help in Ghanian Disaster

Irish doctors teach Disaster Management skills in the midst of shopping centre collapse in Ghana  Read more…

GECS – Does It Work?

GECS profile advanced to an international stage with their recent publication  Read more…

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