Uchunguzi means investigation in Swahili and provides a summary of some of the most recent international literature as presented in other leading journals, but with an emphasis on what is relevant to our continent
Uchunguzi is written by Dr. Ben W. Wachira, emergency physician at the Accident and Emergency Department, Aga Khan University, Nairobi, Kenya. Follow Ben on Twitter
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About the author: Catherine Shari works as an emergency physician at the Emergency Department of Muhimbili National Hospital in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. On top of that, she is also an honorary lecturer with the Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences. More recently Catherine became a GloCal research fellow (2017/2018). But Catherine didn’t always consider a research-based career. Oddly, she didn’t consider a career in emergency medicine either. Both research and emergency medicine found her. We caught up with Catherine so she could share her story.
I still remember crying when I learnt that my next rota allocation will be in the Emergency Department of Muhimbili National Hospital. It was 2012 and at the time, I was a general practitioner from a rural hospital. My limited encounters with emergency medicine (up to that point) had exclusively been of poorly-resourced casualty rooms and its associated failings – death and suffering. As a result, the whole notion of working there seemed pointless, hopeless, a wasted opportunity. I was determined to go elsewhere – anywhere; just not the Emergency Department!
Every quarter, the African Journal of Emergency Medicine, in partnership with several other regional emergency medicine journals, publishes abstracts from each respective journal. Abstracts are not necessarily linked to open access papers, but where green access is available it is linked to. Click 'Read More' to read further.