RCPI Global Health Initiatives, a programme within the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI), has donated a consignment of resuscitation training equipment to the Paediatric Acute Intervention Resuscitation Skills (PAIRS) Group.
The PAIRS Group is a volunteer association of Irish medical and nursing staff that builds partnerships with limited-resource healthcare institutions in Africa to provide co-designed, sustainable paediatric resuscitation training programmes at little or no cost to frontline healthcare providers.
The educational content of the PAIRS Group training programme has been approved by the Faculty of Paediatrics at RCPI.
The donated training equipment includes nine infant, child and adult CPR manikins, cardiac rhythm simulators, CPR skill feedback devices to assist training, 24 pocket mask breathing devices, and 400 PAIRS clinical information pocket guides (hand-held aide memoires to be given to every course participant). The overall value of the donation is €5,000.
PAIRS Group training teams are travelling to Muhimbili National Hospital in Tanzania and Mulago University Hospital, Kampala in Uganda in September and October 2019 to deliver paediatric resuscitation training programmes. There will be an emphasis on local ownership and sustainability, with a Train-the-Trainer philosophy. These training partnerships represent the first steps towards supporting a local independent training faculty.
Dr Terry McWade, Chief Executive Officer at RCPI, said, “RCPI is proud to support the development of training partnerships with limited-resource healthcare institutions. Through this donation we are delighted to help the PAIRS Group deliver life-saving paediatric resuscitation training programmes in Tanzania and Uganda. The equipment donated under our Global Health Initiatives will enable local trainers continue delivering CPR training long after the PAIRS Group has returned to Ireland.”
Dr Ellen Crushell, Dean of the Faculty of Paediatrics, RCPI, said, “The Faculty of Paediatrics commends the PAIRS Group for their development and delivery of a paediatric Basic Life Support training programme tailored for resource-poor settings. It has been successfully run in numerous areas along with training of local trainers. We are delighted to support this initiative and we are grateful to our Members and Fellows who give their time and expertise to improve the urgent care of children in these settings.”
Rachel manages a number of Quality Improvement projects and initiatives in RCPI. She is also the Founder and Managing Director of the Paediatric Acute Intervention Resuscitation Skills (PAIRS) Group.