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IMPACT: Three Ifakara researchers at UNICEF Speakers Series symposium on care for critically ill patients in Tanzania

Feb. 10, 2022
IMPACT: Three Ifakara researchers at UNICEF Speakers Series symposium on care for critically ill patients in Tanzania
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At the next UNICEF Speakers Series scheduled to take place on Thursday, February 10, 2022 from 14:00hrs EAT, three IFAKARA Health Institute scientists will present on care for critically ill patients in Tanzania.

During this event, IFAKARA researchers with the Provision of Essential Treatment in Critical Illness (POETIC) project at Ifakara – Dr. Tim Baker, Karima Khalid, and Elibariki Mkumbo – will present findings from their research on the topic. They will be joined by their counterpart, Lorna Guinness, from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine who is also scheduled to present.

Dr. Baker will go first with a presentation on the burden of critical illness globally and in Tanzania, with a substantial increase in the COVID pandemic. This session will present recent work in Tanzania aiming to understand how to organize health services for emergency and critical care, how to scale-up care when needed, and where to direct resources for optimal impact.

Dr. Karima will be second with her presentation on the preliminary findings from the POETIC project conducted since 2020 in Tanzania and Kenya – essentially assessing the existing facilities and the readiness of Tanzanian hospitals to provide both essential and advanced care for critically ill patients.

Elibariki Mkumbo, scheduled to go third, will share experiences of front-line healthcare workers. Also, he will describe hospital systems and routines for emergency and critical care as well discussing processes for the identification and management of patients.

Lorna Guinness from the London School will present on the cost and cost-effectiveness of different approaches to the care of critically ill patients. Preliminary findings from POETIC project on the costs and cost-effectiveness of approaches to the care of critically ill patients in Tanzania will be presented. The findings have important implications for the prioritization of resource use and recommendations will be made for policy and future research in this area.

Meanwhile, three other experts are expected to join the virtual symposium for a panel discussion. They are: Dr. Mike Kiremeji from the Ministry of Health, Tanzania, Dr. Haika Kimambo from the WHO, Tanzania and Dr. Said Kilindimo from the Emergency Medicine unit at MUHAS, Tanzania.

The UNICEF Speaker Series is a collection of events featuring global leaders in the fight for child survival designed to immerse UNICEF supporters in its work. Among other things, the events are used to share the vital work that UNICEF does to save and improve children’s lives in over 190 countries and territories around the world.

Brief speakers’ biographies
Tim Baker is an Anesthesiologist/Critical Care Physician and Researcher at Muhimbili University of Health & Allied Sciences and Ifakara Health Institute in Dar. Tim is also Associate Professor at LSHTM and at Karolinska Institutet and is a consultant for WHO and UNICEF Tanzania. Tim’s work focuses on evaluating and improving the provision of care to critically ill patients.

Karima Khalid is an anaesthesia and critical care specialist and researcher at Muhimbili Orthopaedic Institute, MUHAS and IHI. She has an interest in capacity building in anaesthesia and critical care. She is currently working on the POETIC project and undertaking her PhD in essential emergency and critical care.

Elibariki Mkumbo is a social science researcher working at IHI, currently working on the POETIC project. He has 15 years’ experience on research projects, participating in studies on health systems, maternal and newborn health with specific focus on quality improvement at facility and community level, improving demand and provision of health care services.

Lorna Guinness is a non-resident fellow at the Center for Global Development and honorary lecturer at LSHTM. As a senior health economist, she has over 20 years of experience in research and capacity building for health economics and health system strengthening in LMICs.  She holds a PhD in Health Economics and is co-editor of the OUP “Introduction to Health Economics” textbook.